In 2019, America’s Got Talent is set to entertain us all with the fourteenth season of the show. For the last thirteen years, the series has showcased to us all some of the most talented yet undiscovered performers the world has ever witnessed. The massive appeal of this show is that it features artists and groups of all ages, and can include singers, dancers, musicians, comics, magicians, ventriloquists, animals and more.
Each week during the series, these undiscovered acts perform in front of a tough group of celebrity judges, and many manage to stun the crowd with their show-stopping performances. As each act strives to make it through to the final round and scoop the life-changing $1 million prize, the audience feels more connected to them as we learn their back stories.
So let’s take a look at the most memorable winners and finalists and see what happened to them after they wowed the judges on the show.
Darci Lynne Foster
In 2017 in season 12, the teen ventriloquist, Darci Lynne Foster managed to sway the judges and became the youngest contestant to ever be crowned the winner of America’s Got Talent. She went on to headline her own show in Las Vegas.
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Darci then hit the road and set off on a national tour of the country. The tour was such a sell-out that she even had to extend it. Still, even though Darci has been busy with her touring schedule, she also found time to give back. In June 2018 she performed in front of patients and friends in the Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital in Oklahoma.
In season 11, Grace VanderWaal wowed the audience with her distinctive vocals and ukulele performance. She battled it out against some fierce competition, from the likes of The Clairvoyants, Sal Valentinetti, Brian Justin Crum and Jon Dorenbos. Thankfully, she also impressed the judges too and emerged victoriously.
Grace Vanderwaal performs during her “Just the Beginning Tour” at Slim’s on February 20, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
Since she became the winner of the season finale, Grace has been busy releasing new music and performing on tour. In 2017, she released her debut album Just the Beginning, before touring with Imagine Dragons. She also collaborated with Fender on a new line of ukuleles, received a Teen Choice Award and is set to star in a new Disney movie, Stargirl.
In 2015, Paul Zerdin became the winner of season 10 of America’s Got Talent. He was another ventriloquist sensation who managed to amaze the judges with his puppet talents. While he faced competition from the likes of Drew Lynch and Oz Pearlman, Paul eventually scooped the top prize.
Paul Zerdin attends the AOL Build Speakers Series to discuss ‘America’s Got Talent’ at AOL Studios on March 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jenny Anderson/WireImage)
After Paul emerged as the winner, he went on to headline shows in Las Vegas and even secured a residency there for a while. Now he still continues to travel around the world on tour with his puppets and continues to impress the crowd with his talents.
In 2014, Mat Franco mesmerized the audience with his spellbinding talents. The magician managed to defeat the likes of Miguel Dakota, Emily West, AcroArmy, Sons of Serendip and Quintavious Johnson and was awarded the winning prize in season nine.
America’s Got Talent season 9 winner magician Mat Franco performs during America’s Got Talent Live at The AXIS Powered by Monster at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on September 26, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bryan Steffy/WireImage)
After winning America’s Got Talent, the magician, Mat went onto headline his own act at the Linq Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. In 2017, he was even awarded a People’s Choice Award for the ‘Best Show in the Las Vegas Strip’ and the theatre was renamed Mat Franco Theater. He is planning more tours in the future.
In season 8, Kenichi Ebina captivated the judges’ attention with his show-stopping dancing moves. Originally from Japan, Kenichi had a unique style which combined hip-hop, martial arts, jazz, mime, and ethnic dance. He squared off against other top acts like Taylor Williamson, Jimmy Rose to be awarded first place.
Japanese dancer Kenichi Ebina performs at The Greek Theatre on October 24, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Golden/Getty Images)
Kenichi also broke another record, as he became the first foreign act to win the prestigious talent competition. After taking home his prize, Kenichi continued to travel around the world and perform his unique, ‘Matrix-style’ dance routines. He recently headlined a show in Okinawa, Japan.
Amazingly, in season seven of the show, the winning prize was awarded to some talented dogs. That’s right, the Olate Dogs managed to scoop the winning title, with a little help from their owners and trainers Richard Olate and son Nicholas Olate.
Olate Dogs trainers Richard Olate (L) and Nicholas Olate attend the Hollywood Christmas Parade benefiting the Toys for Tots Foundation on December 1, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
The furry competitors gave a spellbinding performance and beat a series of other acts, including The Untouchables, Tom Cotter, William Close. Since the Olate dogs took the winning prize in the season finale, they have continued to perform on tour, and most of their shows are in California.
Landau Eugene Murphy Jr.
In season six of America’s Got Talent, the jazz singer, Landau Eugene Murphy Jr made a memorable impression on the judges. They were so impressed by his soulful, jazzy vocals, especially when he belted out the Frank Sinatra hit, My Way, that he was crowned as the winner.
Singer Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. performs onstage during A Night At The Cocoanut Grove at The Grove on August 5, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tiffany Rose/Getty Images for The Grove)
After landing the winning prize, Landau released his debut album in 2011, which reached #1 in the Jazz billboards. He also headlined a show in Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. Since then, Landau has continued to tour around the US, release music has performed on various TV shows. His latest project is called ‘That’s Life’.
In season five of AGT, Michael Grimm electrified the crowd with his soulful singing. While his main competitor Jackie Evancho was considered a firm favorite to win, Michael was able to defeat her in the season finale to take home the grand prize in 2010.
Michael Grimm performs at America’s Got Talent tour at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on October 7, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
After scooping the $1 million prize, Michael went on to headline his own AGT Tour Show in Las Vegas. He also continued to release his own music and is still touring and performing in shows around the country, including Nevada, Texas, New Jersey and Atlantic City.
Kevin Skinner stunned the judges with his country and western musical talents in the fourth season of the show in 2009. After performing a Garth Brooks song, ‘If Tomorrow Never Comes’, Kevin won over many fans and managed to scoop the winning title.
Kevin Skinner performs on America’s Got Talent Live at Planet Hollywood Casino Resort on October 8, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
After, winning the competition, Kevin opted to spread out the $1 million prize over a period of forty years. He went on to Las Vegas and headlined a show there, and released in debut album in 2010. Nevertheless, in recent years, he seems to have kept a low profile.
Neal E Boyd
Neal E Boyd proved to the judges, he had all the talent when he performed on season three of the show in 2008. After belting out numerous powerful popular and classical hits like Billy Joel’s ‘New York State of Mind’ and Puccini’s ‘Nessun Dorma’, he got a standing ovation from the judges and swayed over the audience.
Recording artist and “Americas Got Talent” winner Neal E. Boyd performs at The Beacon Theatre on July 9, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
Eventually, he beat around 20,000 hopeful contestants to become the season winner. After winning, he went on to headline his own show in Las Vegas and released a classical album. He later performed for four Presidents and twice ran for a seat in the Missouri House of Representatives. Sadly, although he had achieved so much, he passed away in 2018.
In 2007, Terry Fator became the second ever contender to be crowned the winner of America’s Got Talent. He is another ventriloquist and impressionist who managed to catch the attention of the crowd, and he used around 15 puppets in his act. In the season finale, he proved he had what it takes to win, after performing the song ‘You’ve Got a Friend’ with Johnny Vegas and Kermit the Frog puppets on stage.
Comic ventriloquist and impressionist Terry Fator performs with his puppet Duggie Scott Walker as he presents an award at the 2018 NHL Awards presented by Hulu at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on June 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
After winning first place, Terry went on to wow the audience in Las Vegas, with his own show. He clearly impressed the crowd, as he was then signed by the Mirage hotel and casino for a five year $100 million contract as a headline act. He is still continuing to do shows in Las Vegas.
In 2006, in season one of AGT, Bianca Ryan was the very first contender to mesmerize the judges with her vocal talents. Although she was just 11 years at the time, she proved she has a big voice. In the season finale, she belted out the hit song from Dreamgirls, ‘I am Changing’, and beat other hopefuls to be awarded the first prize.
Singer Bianca Ryan is seen performing during a taping of the Holiday Tree Lighting at Penn’s Landing on November 30, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
Bianca then headed out to the world to continue her musical career and sign a five-year record deal. She released her self-titled debut album in 2006 and went on to release further albums, including two Christmas EPS. She also started to tour the world. She later put her career on hold for a while but continued to write music. Recently she has performed in shows and released new music in 2019.
In 2018, the Canadian- American-Chinese magician, Shin Lim astonished the judges with his magical talents in season 13 of the show. The audience was also stunned with his elaborate and artistic close-up card magic routines. He went on to be crowned as the winner in the season finale.
Shin Lim, America’s Got Talent 2018 Winner and Star of Broadway’s The Illusionists, attends the Ride Of Fame unveiling of his imminent seat and a ride through Times Square past the The Marquis Theatre, on December 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for Ride of Fame)
Before Lim entered the show, he had showcased his talents in other championships. Still, after winning this competition, he gained international fame and is set to be the headline act in the Paris theatre in Las Vegas. He was also invited back onto America’s Got Talent: The Champions show to compete against the other series winners and he won first place.
Although the impressionist and comedian Melissa Villaseñor, didn’t manage to take home the top prize in season six of America’s Got Talent, she did make an impression on the judges. After becoming a semi-finalist on the show, she also caught the attention of America.
Melissa Villaseñor speaks during the Hello Sunshine x Together Live tour at Bass Concert Hall on November 19, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for Hello Sunshine x Together Live Tour)
After the season ended, Melissa Villaseñor did numerous voice-overs for some animated projects. In 2016, she also became first ever Latina cast member to join Saturday Night Live. Melissa has also featured as a cameo on a few hit TV shows, including Crashing and Barry.
Piff The Magic Dragon
On the tenth season, Piff the Magic Dragon aka John van der Put showcased his talents on the show. As a British comedian and magician, John had already risen to fame in the UK. He had even featured as the opening act for a Mumford and Sons, before entering the competition.
Piff the Magic Dragon performs on the Alternative Stage during day two of the Leeds Festival at Bramhall Park on August 25, 2018 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Carla Speight/Getty Images)
While John did put on an impressive performance, he didn’t end up winning the season. Still, he got far in the competition and gained some international exposure. After the competition, he managed to secure a residency at the Flamingo in Las Vegas.
When Sal Valentinetti entered the show in season 11, he explained how he was influenced by his grandmother and her passion for classic vocalists like Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett. When Sal stepped onto the stage, he also managed to astonish the audience with his silky smooth voice and star quality.
Sal Valentinetti performs at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill on September 14, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bobby Bank/Getty Images)
Although Sal didn’t manage to scoop the $1 million prize, he did gain exposure on the show. After the season concluded he began to tour the country and later released his EP. Sal is famously known for his motto, “I’m going to entertain you like you’ve never been entertained before.”
When Jackie Evancho was just 10 years old, she captivated the judges with her impressive vocals on season 5 of America’s Got Talent. Although she finished in second place after a showdown with Michael Grimm, she gained international fame on the show. Jackie went on to become the youngest solo platinum artist of all time, which is an impressive feat.
Singer Jackie Evancho performs at 54 Below on April 23, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for JE Touring )
Jackie has released seven albums, which have includes three top 10 debuts on the Billboard 200 and even has a platinum-selling EP. She has also performed in front of the world’s most influential figures, from Pope Francis to Donald Trump. Recently she has been slowly transitioning her style from classical and gospel to pop, so she’s definitely one to watch.
Lindsey Stirling is a talented violinist and dancer and managed to make a memorable impression on the crowd in season 5. While she did get far in the competition, Lindsey didn’t end up being crowned as the winner. Still, she caught the attention of all the right people and gained a massive Youtube fanbase.
Performance artist Lindsey Stirling visits Build Series to discuss her video and deluxe album ‘Warmer in the Winter’ at Build Studio on December 11, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
After the season closed, Lindsey went on to record three studio albums, which featured her electronic violin-centric music. In 2014, her album ‘Shatter Me’ reached #2 in the Billboard Charts. Lindsey also toured the world and has amassed an impressive net worth of $6 million. She also entered Dancing with the Stars recently.
The Texas Tenors
In season four of America’s Got Talent, the Texas Tenors stunned the crowd with their distinctive vocals. The classical crossover vocal group was originally formed in 2009 and featured an opera singer John Hagen, pop singer Marcus Collins and a country singer JC Fisher.
(L to R) Marcus Collins, JC Fisher and John Hagen of The Texas Tenors perform at the 95th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in President’s Park on November 30, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images)
While the group didn’t quite manage to take home the first prize, they left an unforgettable impression on the public. The Texas Tenors continued to perform in over 1,500 concerts around the world and released some albums. Their third album, titled ‘Rise’ debuted at Number One of the Billboard 200. In 2019, they are set to return as contestants in America’s Got Talent: The Champions.
Jon Dorenbos is a professional magician and made his American’s Got Talent debut in the eleventh season of the show. Although he wowed the judges with his spellbinding magic skills, he completed the show in third place.
Jon Dorenbos performs at Barbra Streisand’s 75th birthday at Cafe Habana on April 24, 2017 in Malibu, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
While Jon continued to perform as a magician, he also had a parallel career as an American football player and played with the Philadelphia Eagles for twelve seasons until 2017. When he suffered some health issues, Jon focused more on his magical abilities and continues to wow crowds in magic shows.
The hip-hop dance crew Jabbawockeez impressed the audience with their slick choreography and innovative dance moves in season two of the talent show. The eight-member crew did get far in the show but didn’t actually make it to the final.
Jabbawockeez perform onstage during MGM Resorts International’s Grand Opening Press Conference as the $960 Million MGM Springfield debuts on August 23, 2018 in Springfield, Massachusetts. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for MGM Springfield)
Still, the Jabbawockeez still made an unforgettable impression and gained some exposure. They continued to perfect their skills and later auditioned again for America’s Best Dance Crew. This time they scooped the winning prize and won a contract with the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, where they perform five times a week.
Angelica Hale shot to the limelight in the first season of America’s Got Talent. The half Filipino and half Caucasian child singer impressed the judges with her vocal talents until the season finale. In her final round, Angelica belted out the hit song ‘Stronger’ by Kelly Clarkson but didn’t make it to first place.
Angelica Hale performs onstage during Celebrity Fight Night XXV on March 23, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Celebrity Fight Night)
Still, Angelica was a fan favorite on the show and became the youngest runner up in the shows’ history. After the competition, she went onto perform in Las Vegas and for various high profile shows and sporting events. In 2019, she is set to join the Filipino boy band TNT Boys on their global tour.
In 2018, Courtney Hadwin competed for the title the thirteenth season of the show. Courtney stunned the judges with her vocal performances in every round and made it through the live shows. In the season finale, Courtney impressed the crowd with her rendition of ‘Piece of My Heart’ by the Struts.
Courtney Hadwin attends “America’s Got Talent” Season 13 Finale Live Show Red Carpet at the Dolby Theatre on September 19, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Although Courtney didn’t scoop the top prize, she was still able to go onto Las Vegas to perform alongside the winner, Shin Lim at the Paris Hotel and Casino. She also scored a record contract with Syco Entertainment and Artisto Records, so we’re expecting big things in the future.
In season nine of America’s Got Talent, the country singer Emily West captivated the crowd with her distinctive vocals. Emily grew up in Nashville and already had some success before she entered the competition. Still, the show gave her career a boost and soon enough, she became a popular fixture on the show. Emily finished the season as a runner up against Matt Franco.
Singer Emily West performs onstage during Nashville ’80s Dance Party benefiting The Alzheimer’s Association at Wild Horse Saloon on June 3, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon IV/Getty Images for Alzheimer’s Association )
Amazingly, Emily went on to have some more mainstream success as a country star after the show. In 2010, she even recorded a duet with Keith Urban. Emily continued to tour the US with her own signature show and also featured on America’s Got Talent: Live Tour.
The Willis Clan
The Willis Clan took over the stage of America’s Got Talent in the ninth season of the show. The musical clan made a memorable impression, especially as it included the parents Brenda and Toby, as well as their twelve children. The clan wowed the crowd all the way to the quarterfinals but failed to make it through to the next round.
The Willis Clan join Host Steven Curtis Chapman during Sam’s Place – Music For The Spirit at The Ryman Auditorium on November 8, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
After appearing on America’s Got Talent, they ended up landing their own reality show on the TLC network. The series was aptly named The Willis Family and followed the family in Tennessee as they attempted to balance their time between performing in shows and living as a family. The show ran until 2016 until it was sadly canceled.
Taylor Williamson had spent his time perfecting his stand-up comedy routines since high school. Still, he ended up getting his big break when he entered America’s Got Talent in the tenth season when he was 26. Taylor clearly made an impression on the judges and Heidi Klum said he was her favorite act. Although he made it to the finale, he finished in second place.
Comedian Taylor Williamson performs onstage during the “America’s Got Talent” Live: The All Stars Tour held at the Orpheum Theatre on November 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images)
After Taylor shot to the spotlight on the show, he continued to tour the country and perform his stand-up routines. He has gained many fans known for his dry and sometimes awkward comedy style and has released a few comedy specials, like Listen to Grandpa.
Carly Jo Jackson
In season nine of America’s Got Talent, Carly Jo Jackson took center stage and impressed the judges with her indie, pop style, while playing the acoustic guitar. She made it through to the quarter-finals and sung her heart out with a rendition of ‘Somebody That I Used to Know’. Even though Carly didn’t make it to the finals, the show helped give her exposure.
Carly Jo Jackson performs during the Florida GRAMMY Showcase at Firestone Live on April 23, 2014 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Gerardo Mora/WireImage for NARAS)
In 2012, Carly released an original song, titled ‘Wildflower’, which was featured in an independent movie. She continued to enter songwriting competitions and then started to study at Florida University. She now focuses on her music and is set to perform in many shows around Florida.
In season 12 of America’s Got Talent, Evie Clair won over the hearts of the audience and judges alike with her emotional performances and distinctively soft voice. Evie was 14 at the time and dedicated her performances to her sick father. Although she was one of the finalists in the show, Evie didn’t manage to win the top prize.
Still, Evie made a memorable impression and continued to showcase her vocal talents after the competition finished. She has been dedicating much of her time to pursuing her passion for singing and is set to perform in many shows in the US. Evie also released her own original album called ‘Okay Day’.
Blake Vogt was another talented musician who developed his own self-styled brand of off-the-wall magic routines. In season 11, he wowed the crowd with his on-stage presence and charisma, as well as his magical abilities.
Blake Vogt performs a magic act in the Celebrity Auction at Midland Theater during the Big Slick Celebrity Weekend benefitting Children’s Mercy Hospital of Kansas City on June 02, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Kyle Rivas/Getty Images)
Although Blake didn’t make it through to take home the winning title, he’s still got his time in the limelight. After the show, he continued to perform for the crowds in live theatre shows, private functions around the world and on TV. Blake even featured in some movies like Now You See Me and the Marvel film, Ant-Man.
Calysta Bevier left the judges stunned with her beautiful vocal talents on season eleven of America’s Got Talent. Simon Cowell even used his golden buzzer for her. She also struck a chord with the audience when she explained that she was a cancer survivor.
Calysta Bevier attends ‘America’s Got Talent’ Season 11 Live Showat Dolby Theatre on September 6, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)
Although she made it through the quarterfinals and didn’t make it to the final round, Calysta has proved to be an inspirational figure. While she has continued to sing, she has also been given the chance to speak for cancer awareness and encourage people around the world to achieve their goals.
In season 12 of the show, Celine Tam jumped into the limelight on the stage of America’s Got Talent. While she did impress the judges with her vocals and made it through to the semi-finals, she didn’t manage to take home the winning title.
Singer Celine Tam performs onstage during the ’67th Anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Repulic of China’ evening gala on October 1, 2016 in Hong Kong, China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
Originally born in Hong Kong, Celine had been entering singing competitions from a young age and has won a few championships. So this competition helped her gain even more international recognition for her talents. She is still performing and pursuing her music, and recently sung her own original song in China, so we’re sure there’s more to come for her.
In season 13 of the talent show, the child singer, Sophie Fatu mesmerized the crowd her impressive vocal abilities. She had previously started singing from age 4 and her videos of Sinatra covers had gone viral. She even featured on NBC’s Little Big Shots, hosted by Steve Harvey and on the Ellen Show.
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In round after round, Sophie continued to stun the judges with her powerful voice and sung hits like Sinatra’s ‘My Way’. Although she had an impressive run, she didn’t quite make it to the Quarterfinals. Still, she has still made a name for herself and continues to sing. Sophie has also been modeling for many brands, including Kardashian Kids.
Aaron Crow stepped into the limelight on Season 13 of America’s Got Talent. Originally from Belgium, he kept the audience at the edge of their seats as a talented mentalist, magician and danger act. His performances were so spectacular that he made it through the Semifinals, before being eliminated.
Aaron Crow attends “America’s Got Talent” Season 13 Live Show Red Carpet on September 11, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/GettyImages)
Aaron gained more exposure after the show and is now considered an international sensation. He continued to tour around the world, including Sydney and New York with other famous magicians like Dan Sperry and Kevin James.
Andrew De Leon
In season 7 of the show, Andrew De Leon stunned the audience with his opera singing abilities. He stood out from the crowd, as his style and dress sense was quite emo, as he was a big fan of Marilyn Manson, but yet he had a classical opera singing voice.
Andrew continued to impress the judges an eventually made it through to the Semifinals, where he sang an operatic rendition of ‘Ave Maria. Although he was eliminated from this round, he continues to release his own songs, perform and has a huge following on YouTube.
In season thirteen of America’s Got Talent, Oliver Graves took center stage and stunned the crowd with his off-the-wall jokes as a stand-up comedian. Known for his gothic look and unconventional style, Oliver started out as an internet sensation, before transitioning into a live act on stage.
Oliver entertained the judges too and made it through to the Judge cuts. After being eliminated, Oliver has continued to write comedy and perform his sketch comedy acts. He has also featured in a short film, Funny or Die’s Halloween Anthology with Marilyn Manson and the TV Series Creature Features.
Billy and Emily England
Billy and Emily England almost left the judges speechless with their extreme roller-blading stunts on season twelve of America’s Got Talent. The brother and sister duo have been mastering their risky blading skills since they were six years old and made it through to the Semifinals.
TV Personalities Emily England (L) and Billy England (R) attend the NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” season 12 live show at Dolby Theatre on September 5, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
Before entering this talent show, Emily England was no stranger to publicity. She had been a contestant on Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack and competed in Das Supertalent. After the show, Billy and Emily continued to perform and now headline a show in Las Vegas in Ceasar’s Palace.
‘Accro’ Brandon Rosario
‘Accro’ Brandon Rosario bowled the audience over in season eight of America’ Got Talent, with his self-styled ‘accro’ act. The musical and visual performance combined acrobatics, aerial skills, and pole dancing.
Before the show, Brandon had already carved a successful career as a DJ and had secured some residencies in Vegas venues. When Brandon later decided to pursue his other hobby ‘Accro’ and made it to the Vegas round of the talent show. After he left the show, Brandon continued to perfect and perform his dancing act and still enters competitions.
In 2013, season eight of America’s Got Talent, 2Unique stepped into the limelight. The double act featured a rapper and a duo and they made it through to the Quarterfinals with their unique rendition of hits like Sugar Hill Gang’s ‘Rapper’s Delight and Mc Hammer’s ‘Can’t Touch This’.
Although they were eliminated after this round, it still gave the duo some much-needed publicity and they were tipped as the ‘next big thing’. After the show, the pair continued to pursue their musical dreams, but seem to have gone on separate paths.
In season 12 of the show, the all-singing, all-dancing boyband, 5 Alive jumped on to the stage. They attempted to revive the magic of the 90’s boy band style and won over the judges with their irresistible charms, catchy lyrics, and unapologetic dance moves.
The band managed to sway the audience with their synchronized 90’s moves and made it through to the Quarterfinals. The show gave them some international exposure and the band are still together today, releasing new music and performing on stage.
Aaron Smyth is a professional ballet dancer, who took center stage in season ten of America’s Got Talent. Aaron had been mastering his choreographed ballet moves since the age of 8 and had trained at an American Ballet school. So, unsurprisingly, he wowed the judges with his skills and made it through to the Judge’s cuts.
Before he entered this show, Aaron had already entered plenty of prestigious competitions and come at 3rd place on Australia’s Got Talent series. So this show gave him some more exposure. After his time in the limelight, Aaron has continued to perform around the world, including Korea and South Africa.