Malaysian act Yaashwin Sarawanan came in second at Asia’s Got Talent Season Three.
The 15-year-old – whose impressive math skills earned him the nickname “Human Calculator” – makes history as the first Malaysian to earn a top two placement at AGT.
The announcement was made live around 10.30pm on April 11 from Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, where the show’s grand finale was held.
The SMK Bandar Tun Hussein Onn (2) student was among nine finalists vying for the top prize at the reality talent series.
“I didn’t expect to reach this far. People don’t expect to be entertained by numbers. So I’m happy to see people entertained by what I do,” Yaashwin said during the episode.
Meanwhile, another Malaysian contender, all-female vocal group Nama (comprising Nur Fazrina Ani, 28; Noor Syamimi Makhetar, 24; Norfazira Malik, 24; and Nur Farahida Dolhadi, 24) placed among the bottom three.
First place went to Eric Chien, a magician from Taiwan, while Power Duo, a dance duo, from The Philippines nabbed third place.
With Yaashwin placing second and Nama among the nine finalists, this season marks Malaysia’s strongest performance at AGT yet.
Previously, the furthest Malaysia has gone in the competition was during Season Two. Sobhi Shaker – a Syrian magician who came to Malaysia to escape the Syrian civil war – became the first contestant competing under the Malaysian banner to make it to the finals.