Mat Franco, the winner of season 9 of America’s Got Talent, is known as the contestant who blew the viewers’ minds and left them speechless with his magical acts.
After taking home $1 million on the finale, the 26-year-old magician from Rhode Island is moving on to do even bigger and more shocking acts.
Before stopping by the open auditions in NYC, which will be held Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 8-9, Mat chatted with In Touch Weekly. Check out his exclusive interview!
Did you expect to win the show?
The reason I came out for America’s Got Talent was just on a whim. I thought, “Oh it might be a fun experience. Maybe I’ll get some good video footage to help my current business that I have going. And then, man, I never expected to win! It really is just completely life changing so my whole day-to-day is totally different now than what it once was before.
What do you plan on doing with the prize money?
I’m not necessarily the splurge type. However, whenever I get the chance, and I really haven’t had it yet, I’m really looking forward to a nice vacation…I’m looking for somewhere I can relax and unwind a little bit and take a step back. That’d be nice to take a moment of relaxation.
You mentioned you’re booking Vegas shows. Any details you can share?
I’m actually doing an event there this weekend, but it’s just a fun private event for a company at the Wynn and I’m performing with Lionel Richie. To work on something for more than 20 years and have it validated in a way that you never really expected is surreal.
What advice do you have for people auditioning for next season?
Really what you want to do is connect with the person who’s watching the audition. The producer you’re auditioning for, connect with them the same way that you want to connect with your live audience, the same way you want to connect with the celebrity judges. Show your personality when you’re in that room. You have 90 seconds and not a lot of people necessarily know that.
America’s Got Talent is currently holding open auditions for season 10. For more information on audition cities and dates, the audition process and how to submit an online audition video, visit AGTAuditions.com.