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Inside Scoop: 50 ‘America’s Got Talent’ Season 16 Contestants


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The June 1 premiere of America’s Got Talent Season 16 is fast approaching. We cannot wait to see all of the talented contestants up on that stage. Take a closer look at 50 of the gifted contestants all vying for a chance to win the $1 million prize this year.

First Look at the Contestants Auditioning for Season 16 of ‘America’s Got Talent’

1. Léa Kyle

Léa Kyle is a french magician and quick change artist that previously appeared on Penn and Teller: Fool Us. She also participated in France’s Got Talent. You can follow Léa on Instagram @leakyle_.

2. Dylan Zangwill

Dylan Zangwill is only a teenager, but already well on his way to becoming the world’s next big rockstar. He has experience playing at his family’s coffee roastery, Stolen Sun Brewing & Roasting. You can follow him on Instagram @dylanzangwill.

3. Michael and Angelina Novikov

Tiny ballroom dancers Michael and Angelina Novikov are a brother-sister duo who have already conquered the dance competition circuit. Their mother Alla and older brother Daniel made it to the Quarterfinals on Season 11 of America’s Got Talent. You can follow them on Instagram @michael_and_angelina_novikov.

4. Ray Singleton

Ray Singleton previously went viral for singing Daniel Caesar’s “Get You” to his wife Ros. She is a two-time cancer survivor who shared her journey on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Ray has been there for her every step of the way. You can follow him on Instagram @willie_qool.

5. Kid Jay

Rapper Kid Jay got to meet Terry Crews at his America’s Got Talent Season 16 audition and even posed for a picture with him. He began writing his own music in high school and opened for various artists including Twista and Jermaine Dupri. You can follow him on Instagram @officialkidjay.

6. Joel Claudio

Joel Claudio is a baton-twirling champion who has some serious flexibility. He is a fitness junky that has garnered over 136,900 followers on TikTok. You can follow him on Instagram @joelclaudiotwirl.

7. Tory Vagasy

Tory Vagasy is a TikTok star with 242,400 followers who absolutely love her Broadway-inspired videos. We fully expect Tory to be cast as a Disney princess some day. You can follow her on Instagram @once.upon.a.tory.

8. Shuffolution

Shuffolution is a diverse group of performers from all over the world that absolutely loves shuffling! The group started a GoFundMe page to help make their dreams of taking their act all over the globe come true. You can follow them on Instagram @shuffolution.

9. Steven Steiner

Comedian Steven Steiner auditioned virtually for Season 16 of America’s Got Talent. His hilariously relatable jokes are on full display on his YouTube channel which deserves more credit. You can follow him on Instagram @stevensteinercomedy.

10. Erik and Shelly Linder

Erik and Shelly Linder are a married ballroom dancing duo. The pair are US National Ballroom Champions and look totally in love. You can follow them on Instagram @erikandshelly.

11. JaVonne Jones

JaVonne Jones is a violinst from Georgia. She specializes in classical, gospel, country, R&B, neo-soul, and hip-hop. You can follow her on Instagram @javonnejonesviolinmusic.

12. Canine Stars

Canine Stars is a team of performing rescue dogs from the U.S., Canada, Mexico, The Netherlands, and South Korea. Dog lover Simon Cowell is absolutely going to fall in love with this act that you can follow on Instagram @caninestars.

13. Northwell Health Nurse Choir

Northwell Health Nurse Choir is made up of 18 nurses from New York that have been on the frontlines amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This act has Golden Buzzer potential. You can follow them on Instagram @northwellhealthnursechoir.

14. The Chapkidz

The Chapkidz are a new generation of dancers from Chapkis Dance. You might remember Chapkis Dance Family who previously competed on Season 10 of America’s Got Talent. You can follow them on Instagram @the.chapkidz.

15. Maeve Jones

Maeve Jones is a dance student at Let’s Dance, Inc in Stoneham, Massachusetts. She went viral for tap-dancing videos with her grandfather and we are pretty confident he will be a part of her act. Follow her @maevej4.

16. JW’s Inspirational Singers

JW’s Inspirational Singers are a group from New York City who have graced Broadway stages and come from all areas of the entertainment industry. Follow them on Instagram @jws_inspirationalsingers.

17. The Jane Family

The Jane family are a part of Temple London, a martial arts school that has brought the Dragon Ball Z franchise to life. Matt Jane even had his own television show called Kick Ass Kung Fu. Follow their journey @iammattjane.

18. Breez Lily Carver

Young dancer Breez Lily Carver had the America’s Got Talent audition of a lifetime. She got to take photos with both Simon Cowell and Howie Mandel backstage! Follow her @breezlilyofficial.

19. ‘Delicious’ Duane Douglas

‘Delicious’ Duane Douglas is a no-contact wrestler and a former Isolation Wrestling Federation champion. Follow his antics on Instagram @deliciousduanedouglas.

20. Alexandra Cote

Alexandra Cote is a dog trainer with years of experience doing competitions and shows. Her dog Tesla gave Cowell a smooch on set of America’s Got Talent. Follow her @alexandra_entrainementcanin.

21. Sethward

Fourth times the charm for returning America’s Got Talent hopeful Sethward. His comedy is unpredictable and it will be interesting to see if he gets any red buzzers this time around. Follow him @sthwrd.

22. Pink Puma, INC.

This group of ladies are all pole and aerial performers from all over the world. They have made it their mission to show the sporty and artistic side of pole dancing. Follow them on Instagram @pinkpumainc.

23. Belle Marie

Belle Marie is a tiny 6-year-old dancer from Miami. Her extensive dance training will most likely take her well beyond the auditions. Follow her America’s Got Talent journey @dancer_bellemarie.

24. Tess Rembetsy-Brown

Tess Rembetsy-Brown is a singer and pianist with an angelic voice. Follow her @tessrb7.

25. Hello Sister

Hello Sister is a band of three sisters with an unbreakable bond. They’re already achieving popularity with their original music and have amassed 72,000 Instagram followers on their page @hellosistermusic.

26. Positive Impact Movement

Positive Impact Movement is a team of four ridiculously hot acrobats. The group members have previously competed on American Ninja Warrior and appeared in Cirque Du Soleil. Follow them @positiveimpactmovement.

27. The Ultimutts

The Ultimutts is a dog and cat stunt show that combines daring tricks and adorable pets. Most of the animals are rescues who were trained with positive reinforcement. Follow the adorable group @the_ultimutts.

28. Miles Allen

Miles Allen is a comedian whose voice impressions are off the hook. This TikTok star has over 1.4 million followers that love his hilarious videos. Follow him on all platforms @smilesallen.

29. Leah Rae Shafer

Leah Rae Shafer is a skincare business mogul by day and a singer by night who is currently dating Captain Sandy Yawn from Below Deck. Her ultimate dream has always been to make it big in the music world and felt it was time to conquer America’s Got Talent. Follow her @leahraeshafer.

30. Zac Taylor

Zac Taylor is another TikTok star joining America’s Got Talent this season. His singing videos have earned him close to 1 million likes on the platform. Follow him @zactaylor129.

31. El Güero Ranchero

El Güero Ranchero previously went viral for his incredible singing voice and love for mariachi music. Prepare to be blown away by his act and fall in love with his sense of humor that you can get a glimpse of on his growing TikTok page. Follow him on Instagram @elgueroranchero.

32. Emerald Elixir

Emerald Elixir is a drag queen and musical theater artist with nearly 85,000 TikTok followers. His vocal range is absolutely insane. Follow him on all platforms @emerald__elixir.

33. Johnny Showcase

Johnny Showcase and his pals are bringing their funky singing extravaganza to America’s Got Talent. Honestly we cannot wait to see how Cowell reacts to this fun act. Keep up with them @johnnyshowcase.

34. Chris Weaver

Singer Chris Weaver competed on Season 13 of The Voice as a member of Team Jennifer. Chris also performs under his drag persona Nedra Belle. Follow him on Instagram @chrisweaver.

35. Jonas Woolverton

Jonas Woolverton is a former Cirque du Soleil performer and current director of Cinema Cirque LLC. His act is probably one that the judges will never see coming just based on his costume. Follow him @zupunkcirque.

36. Mr.Cherry

Mr. Cherry is no stranger to television. This comedian holds 22 world records with one of the most hilarious ones being “most walnuts crushed by sitting down.” Keep up with his America’s Got Talent journey @mrcherry_amazing.

37. Buddy the Rat

Many New Yorkers know of Buddy the Rat, the icon who posts videos of himself roaming around the city on all-fours. With over 1.2 million followers on TikTok, Buddy is one of the auditions we are looking forward to the most. Check out his TikTok @jonothonlyons.


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38. Crashing Cali

Crashing Cali is an awesome rock band with members ages ranging from 11-17. Their America’s Got Talent audition comes as they continue to work on their own original music. Follow the band @crashingcali.

39. “Slinky Josh” Jacobs

“Slinky Josh” Jacobs is a professional slinky manipulator. His slinky skills are unlike anything you have ever seen before. Follow him on Instagram @slinkyjosh.

40. Aidan Bryant

Aidan Bryant is an aerial artist with extreme flexibility. Acrobatic skills go a long way on America’s Got Talent and we can’t wait to see his act.

41. Anthony the Molar Man

Anthony the Molar Man is a teeth musician. Yes, he literally performs songs using his teeth and his fingers that will leave you saying holy moly! Follow him @anthony_molarman.

42. Dr. Merritt Moore

Professional ballerina Dr. Merritt Moore dances with a Universal Robotics industrial robot. This beauty combines ballet and physics in her unique act. Follow her @physicsonpointe.

43. Sergio Paolo

Sergio Paolo is a 24-year-old circus performer who can juggle, flip, and do every trick imaginable. Follow him on Instagram @sergiopaolo.p.

44. Angela July

Indonesian singer and harpist Angela July was a finalist on the second season of Asia’s Got Talent. Now, she is taking her mesmerizing act to America’s Got Talent. Follow her on Instagram @angelajuly_.

45. Rialcris

This hand-balancing trio will have all of the ladies going crazy. They have a ton of on-stage experience all over the world including a performance on Tu si que vales. Follow them @rialcris_.

46. Tyler Scott Hoover

Tyler Scott Hoover is a YouTube sensation who has established quite the career as a Spider-Man cosplayer. He is also an acrobat and breakdancer. Follow him @tstunningspidey.

47. Kevin Micoud

Kevin Micoud is a magician and mentalist. He was named one of the greatest magicians in the world at an awards broadcast in 2020. Follow his America’s Got Talent journey @kevinmicoud_mentaliste.

48. Michael Winslow

Legendary actor and comedian Michael Winslow is headed to America’s Got Talent Season 16. He has appeared in Spaceballs, Gremlins, and tons of other movies and television shows. Follow him @michael_winslow.

49. Méliejade T.Bouchard

Méliejade T.Bouchard is a Canadian circus performer who is completely mesmerizing on the cyr wheel. After her audition, she showed off her flexibility and skills to passersby on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Follow her @mj_circus.

50. UniCircleFlow

UniCircleFlow is a unicycle dance group from Japan. Kenichi Ebina who won the eighth season of America’s Got Talent accompanied the group to their big audition. Follow them @UniCircle Flow.

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