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5 Homeless Contestants That Shocked The World — Where Are They Now?

Riyanka S

Riyanka S

5 Homeless Contestants That Shocked The World

These contestants have inspired us with their talents! Their struggles created stories that we cannot forget. Let’s find out what happened to this contestants after the show?


Homeless Contestants That Shocked The World! – WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

Mike Yung from ‘America’s Got Talent’

Mike Yung was a singer act from Season 12 of America’s Got Talent. He was eliminated in the Semifinals. Mike returned for AGT: The Champions 2 where he was eliminated in the Preliminaries. Yung has been singing in the subway for 37 years.

Yung released “Alright” as a single in 2018, along with a lyric video. Yung announced a Kickstarter fundraiser for the album, where He raised $90,000, enough for an EP, as of October 2018.

Mike Yung auditions on America’s Got Talent

On July 28, 2018, Yung started his Never Give Up Tour.


He released a song called “Dreamer” with Martin Garrix. His estimated net worth is about 1-5 million dollars now!

Dennis Lorenzo from ‘American Idol’

Dennis Lorenzo is a Philadelphia musician who was homeless for several years who made it to the Top 10 of American Idol during Season 18.

In 2017, he released a five-track EP which featured his single “Fly or Die” which earned him both success and recognition. 


Dennis Lorenzo on American Idol

He has been featured in several media outlets for his music including Yahoo News, ABC, and People Magazine. 

Robbie Hance from ‘X Factor’

Robbie’s mother had to work three jobs when he was little, and that still was not enough. So, Robbie ended up bouncing from home to home. After being homeless for very long, his ex-girlfriend signed him up for X Factor! He wowed the judges by his performance.

Robbie Hance auditions on X Factor

Robbie Hance mysteriously disappeared after X Factor. There are Facebook groups to help find this singer.

He released a single called “Hey” which is available in Apple music and Spotify.

Turf from ‘America’s Got Talent’

Known as Turf The Contortionist, Alonzo Jones brought his triple-jointed body bends to Season 7 of America’s Got Talent.

Turf, homeless contestant auditions on America’ Got Talent

After graduating from high school his mother kicked him out of the house because of his desire to pursue a career in dance. He has not spoken to his mother ever since. He had been homeless for two years but now lives in an apartment. He now performs on the streets of Vegas.

Hollywood Anderson from ‘American Idol’

Long time street performer impressed the judges on American Idol and made JLo cry. He has been homeless for many years but after his auditions, he even got invited to The Ellen DeGeneres Show and He has appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOdiygWjnjE
Hollywood Anderson, homeless contestant auditions

He released several singles, EPs, albums and is touring the world!

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Riyanka S
Writer at Talent Recap that doesn't need caffeine to keep her going. 'Flipped' by Wendelin Van Drannen is her favorite book and she lives by its motto that there is two sides to every story.

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