Sizing Up The Second Batch of ‘AGT: The Champions’ Contestants
It’s official: All 50 acts we’ll be seeing compete on America’s Got Talent: The Champions this winter have been revealed! We recently did a rundown on the first 25 acts announced, and now we’re going to take a look at the rest of the competitors!
Alexandr Magala: Likely the world record holder for most Got Talent appearances, this sword-swallowing, pole balancing wonder of a performer has been a quarter-finalist on America’s Got Talent, semi-finalist on Česko Slovensko má talent and Ukraine’s Got Talent, finalist on Britain’s Got Talent and Italia’s Got Talent, and winner of the 2013 season of Russia’s Got Talent. And if that wasn’t enough, he also performed at the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Angelica Hale: After wowing America with her strong voice and receiving the Golden Buzzer at the age of 9, Angelica went on to become the runner-up of America’s Got Talent Season 12.
Ashleigh and Sully: In 2012, Ashleigh won Britain’s Got Talent Series 6 with her dog Pudsey, but Sully, the canine companion she’ll be competing with this time around, is a newcomer to the Got Talent family.
Bianca Ryan: The very first AGT champion is back to try to prove herself to be the champion of The Champions. (Okay, that was probably too many “champions” for one sentence, but to be fair, if anyone warrants that kind of introduction it’s the OG herself.)
Brian Justin Crum: Known for belting out epic anthems and placing fourth on AGT Season 11, Brian is back to show off some more of his vocal chops on Champions.
The Clairvoyants: Best remembered for the “special connection” between their minds, this dark-horse duo (and real-life couple) flew under the radar for most of AGT Season 11, but finished the season as the well-deserved runner-ups, and have since toured the world with their spellbinding mentalism act.
Colin Cloud: Known as “The Real-Life Sherlock Holmes”, Colin is another mentalist, which is more than welcome after an AGT season with no acts in that particular subgenre of magic even making it to Judge Cuts. While he just barely missed out on a spot in the AGT Season 12 finals, he does have the distinction of being the first ever Britain’s Got Talent contestant to get a slot in the Royal Variety Performance without actually winning the show.
Cosentino: This escape artist and illusionist placed second on Season 5 of Australia’s Got Talent. Escape acts haven’t traditionally gone over particularly well on America’s Got Talent, so I’m hoping Cosentino can break the curse!
Courtney Hadwin: Courtney went viral this past summer with her old-school rock-and-roll performances, and was considered a frontrunner to win Season 13 of America’s Got Talent. Many fans were shocked when she did not advance to the top 5 on finale night, but she’s obviously still enough of a Champion to compete in the big leagues on this show!
Cristina Ramos: Cristina is an absolute pop-opera powerhouse, which is what nabbed her the win on Spain’s Got Talent 2016.
Darcy Oake: Darcy is a Canadian magician who made it all the way to the Britain’s Got Talent finals in Series 8, and now tours across the world with his tricks, including his signature dove illusion.
Drew Lynch: This comedian received Howie Mandel’s Golden Buzzer in Season 10 of America’s Got Talent, and won the hearts of viewers across the country with his charming jokes – many of which were about his stutter – ultimately finishing in second place.
Jackie Evancho: Jackie was a fan favorite in AGT Season 5, and her beautiful performances of classical and operatic music led her to a second place finish on the season.
Jon Dorenbos: Jon played college football and being in the NFL for over a decade (including 11 seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles) but in the Got Talent world his claim to fame is magic. He finished in third place on Season 11 of the show. His success in the art of illusion has turned out to be a bigger blessing than he initially realized; one year after his AGT season ended, Jon was diagnosed with aortic aneurysm and was forced to retire from football.
Kenichi: It’s hard to put the AGT Season 8 winner in a box, but the best way I can describe him would be as a “dancing mime”. His performances were unlike any other that came before or has come since, and he’s definitely a memorable and unique alumnus of the Got Talent franchise.
Lee “Lost Voice Guy” Ridley: This guy’s brand of comedy without a doubt stands out from the crowd, and that uniqueness led him to victory on BGT Series 12 earlier this year.
Preacher Lawson: A finalist on AGT Season 12, Preacher’s stand-up sets were memorable not only because of the well-paced comedy, but because he would often incorporate silly actions and impressions to give his routines that extra sparkle.
Ryan Stock & AmberLynn: They may be the only Champions to not even crack the semi-finals of their original season, but this dangerous duo remains one of the most memorable AGT acts to this day. During their Season 12 quarter-finals performance, a flaming arrow was accidentally shot into Ryan’s neck on live television! Thankfully, he wasn’t seriously injured, but I’m sure these two (who are another real-life couple!) are hungrier for this second chance than anyone else on the show.
Sal Valentinetti: This charming lounge singer received Heidi Klum’s Golden Buzzer in Season 11, and went on to make the finals and finish in fifth place.
Samuel J. Comroe: Samuel was a bit of a dark horse in Season 13, but his comedy – which covered a variety of topics, including his Tourette’s syndrome – proved to be a hit with viewers, who voted him into fourth place.
Sons of Serendip: This musical quartet placed fourth on Season 9 of AGT. I have to say, it’s really great to have a band competing on Champions, especially one with as much of flavor and soul as Sons of Serendip with their classical/neo-soul/R&B fusion sound.
Stevie “The Professional Regurgitator” Starr: We have another six-timer, folks! Stevie has competed on six versions of the show in Britain, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Italy, France, and America, consistently placing among the top acts. He has made it to the finals five times, with his French and American appearances seeing his highest finishes yet – he placed fourth on both programs.
Tokio Myers: This pianist was the winner of Britain’s Got Talent Series 11 and has since played in the Royal Variety Performance as well as on The X-Factor UK. He also released his debut album, Our Generation, last year.
Vicki Barbolak: After appearing in several movies as well as on the Nickelodeon television network with her comedic chops, Vicki competed on Season 13 of AGT, and her “trailer nasty” brand of tand-up landed her a spot in the top 10.
Viktor Kee: Viktor is a juggler who placed in the top 10 of AGT Season 11, and has also performed with Cirque du Soleil in their former production of La Nouba at Walt Disney World.
America’s Got Talent: The Champions will premiere on at 8 pm Monday, January 7 on NBC.