This week, the Indian acrobatic dance group V. Unbeatable will take the stage for the semifinals of AGT. The act is arguably the biggest competition for frontrunner Kodi Lee, who made it through to the finals last week.
The talented group has an inspiring story, and has embarked on an incredible journey so far on the show. Let’s take a look at five interesting facts about this amazing act.
V. Unbeatable Come From The Mumbai Slums
The group’s 28 dancers range in age from 12 to 27, and many of them live in the slums of Mumbai, India. “The slums are very crowded, very dirty, and they don’t get proper electricity,” a group member explained on the show. “Often seven to 10 people are staying in one room.”
“It is very challenging to survive over there,” he continued. “Each day we pray for a better life, but in the slums there is very little opportunity for us. When we dance we forget all the tensions in our mind, and we feel free.”
The “V” In Their Name Honors A Late Group Member
The group was originally called “Unbeatable,” but they added the V to the beginning of their name to honor group member Vikas Gupta. He fell during rehearsals several years ago and was reportedly paralyzed from the neck down before passing away a few weeks later.
You may have noticed the group members wearing Vikas’ name across the back of their outfits while performing on AGT. “Whatever I learned in dance is because of him,” group leader Om Prakash Chauhan said of Gupta, with whom he formed the group.
They Competed On ‘Dance Plus’ In India
This isn’t the first time V. Unbeatable has competed on a talent show. They appeared on the fourth season of the Indian dance competition Dance Plus last year. They ended the season in fourth place.
Chauhan has said that being on the show was a “huge opportunity” for the group. Their videos started being shared on social media, and the group created a Facebook page. All the attention certainly paid off.
‘AGT’ Invited V. Unbeatable To Audition For The Show
Chauhan said he received an email from the show asking the group to audition in California. Because they didn’t have the money for the trip, AGT reportedly offered to pay. However, if the group didn’t make it through, they would have to repay the money.
The group leader called it a “big risk.” But it clearly paid off, as not only did the group make it past the auditions — they have a chance of going to the finals. “I want to give a better life to the kids who supported this dream and sacrificed everything,” he said.
The Group Received The Golden Buzzer From Dwyane Wade
During Judge Cuts, V. Unbeatable delivered a jaw-dropping performance. Their incredible moves, performed without a net or mat, wowed guest judge Dwyane Wade. “My heart is beating at a rapid pace that I haven’t felt before,” he said.
Dwyane proceeded to hit the Golden Buzzer for the group, sending them through to the live shows without the other judges’ input. However, we’re pretty confident they would have gotten through anyway.
That said, when it comes down to it. Do you think V. Unbeatable can win America’s Got Talent and beat Kodi Lee?
Tune in tonight to find out if they make it to the finals.