The newly-crowned winner of America’s Got Talent will be making his UK homecoming appearance in Blackpool.
Ventriloquist Paul Zerdin took the talent show title with his act featuring characters cheeky lad Sam, pensioner Albert and Baby - with $1m (£645,120) and a headline show at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas as his prize.
But he’ll be back on British just days after the Vegas appearance next month, with a show at Viva in Church Street.
Paul has worked regularly in Blackpool throughout his career, including summer residencies at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.
Far from unknown in the UK, he’s made four Royal Variety Performance appearances - including the 2009 show which took place in Blackpool’s Opera House.
Viva managing director Martin Heywood said: “His last show in Las Vegas is on October 24, and he’s with us on Wednesday, October 28.
“Paul wasn’t even in America’s Got Talent when we booked the show. He was attending auditions but no one expected this.
“We’d tried to book him for Showzam earlier this year, but I’m so glad we waited now.”
Martin said bookings for the Viva show had soared yesterday morning following the final of the show on American TV overnight on Wednesday.
In a video on America’s Got Talent’s Twitted feed, Paul said the victory was ‘the most amazing feeling’ and thanked voters for helping him win.
The talent show, on which Spice Girl Mel B is a judge, is watched by millions and produced by Simon Cowell’s Syco Television.
Scot Stevie Starr, known as the Professional Regurgitator came fourth, while British magician John van der Put performing as Piff the Magic Dragon also made the top 10.
It’s 10 years since he played back-to-back summer seasons at the Paradise Room at the Pleasure Beach, but he’d been a regular in the resort for many years prior, at the amusement park and elsewhere - topping the bill with his mix of comedy and ventriloquism, on the back of his 1996 win of The Big Big Talent Show, hosted by Jonathan Ross.
“This will be the start of something incredible for Paul, I think,” Martin added. “They absolutely love Paul over there and the last ventriloquist who won America’s Got Talent was Terry Fator in 2007, and he’s still headlining in Vegas.”
Tickets priced at £17.50 and junior tickets (12-16) £8.50 are available to book online via www.vivablackpool.com.