Meet Sheldon Riley: The Aussie Filipino Singing Sensation On ‘America’s Got Talent’

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Sheldon Riley, a singer who has been already making waves worldwide. Sheldon is set to set the in ‘AGT’ stage on fire in Season 15. Let’s fact out why everyone is talking about him?

Sheldon Riley’s sings in The Blind Auditions

Five Facts About Sheldon Riley

1. Sheldon made it to the Grand Finale of ‘The Voice Australia’.

Sheldon Riley then 19 made it to the Grand Finale of The Voice Australia on the first try and again in The Voice, All-Stars 2019. His bold, original sound won the hearts of coaches Delta Goodrem,  Boy George, and Kelly Rowland,  Joe Jonas. He performed Boy George’s hit “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me” on The Voice. 

Sheldon Riley was on the season 8 of The X Factor, as a member of Time and Place, who were eliminated on the first live show.

2. Sheldon is half Australian and half Filipino.

Riley was born on March 14, 1999, to an Australian mother and a Filipino father. His real name is Sheldon Hernandez. He recalls a childhood that was “lots of fun” but also quite difficult. He is now 20 years old.

Growing up, he shares that he had always struggled with his sexual identity and perceived lack of masculinity. 

3. Sheldon is a proud member of the LGBTQ community.

He strongly stands to make an impact, his voice and unwavering stance against discrimination have resulted in his representation of the Australian Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, as well as appearing and headlining several other Pride festivals around Australia.

4. Sheldon has big celebrities as his Instagram followers.

Celebrities like Sam Smith, Adam Lambert, and different drag queens follows Sheldon on Instagram and got some really cool exposure from different people.

5. Sheldon is in a very happy relationship.

The teenage singer confirmed to 9Honey that he’s dating a man named Zachery Tomlinson and couldn’t be happier. Since then he has posted several pictures of him and his boyfriend on social media together.

We can’t wait to see what is in store for Sheldon in the coming season on America’s Got Talent! Don’t forget to plug in this Tuesday to catch his auditions on ‘AGT’.


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