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Orlando comedian Preacher Lawson will compete on “America’s Got Talent: The Champions.”

The series, which pulls together alumni from “AGT” contests around the world, will debut at 8 p.m. Jan. 7 on NBC.

Lawson was a finalist last year. He told me a year ago that 2017 was “by far, by far the best year of my life.” He closed the year with New Year’s Eve shows at the Orlando Improv.

This time around, he will compete with some of the biggest names in “AGT” history. They include opera singer Jackie Evancho (“AGT” 2010 finalist); singer Susan Boyle (“Britain’s Got Talent” 2009 finalist); singing ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer (“AGT” 2017 winner); and magicians Shin Lim (“AGT” 2018 winner) and Piff the Magic Dragon (“AGT” 2015 finalist).

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The long list also features opera singers Prince Poppycock (“AGT” 2010 finalist) and Paul Potts (“Britain’s Got Talent” 2007 winner); comedians Tom Cotter (“AGT” 2012 finalist) and Taylor Williamson (“AGT” 2013 runner-up); ventriloquist Paul Zerdin (“AGT” 2015 winner); and dance groups Attraction (“Britain’s Got Talent” 2013 winner), Justice Crew (“AGT” 2010 winner) and Light Balance (“AGT” 2017 finalist).

The range is impressive. More hopefuls include dog act Ashleigh and Sully (“Britain’s Got Talent” 2012 winner); pianist Tokio Myers (“Britain’s Got Talent” 2017 winner); musical group Sons of Serendip (“AGT” 2014 finalist); escape artist Cosentino (“Australia’s Got Talent” 2011 winner); regurgitator The Professional Regurgitator (“AGT” 2015 finalist); and sword-swallowing act Alex Magala (“Russia’s Got Talent” 2014 winner).

Terry Crews will be the host of the new show. The judges remain “AGT” creator Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel.

Email Hal at hboedeker@orlandosentinel.com. Follow him on Twitter: @tvguyhal. Instagram: TVGuyHal

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