SPOILER: Sheldon Riley Unmasks on ‘America’s Got Talent Fantasy League’
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America’s Got Talent Fantasy League returns to NBC for their second episode on January 8, at 8 p.m. ET. Ahead of the episode, the show released Sheldon Riley’s performance early.
Sheldon Riley Returns to The AGT Stage
In this installment of America’s Got Talent, judges are able to choose their “dream teams.” Ahead of the show’s premiere, each dream team lineup was announced. Sheldon is currently competing under Team Mel.
The beginning of Sheldon’s clip began with him talking about his choice to wear a mask in all of his performances. Behind the scenes, Sheldon discusses taking his mask off with Mel B. The judge hopes that Sheldon will remove his mask halfway through the song.
For Sheldon’s debut America’s Got Talent Fantasy League performance, he came to the stage singing “Tattoo” by Loreen. His amazing performance had the in-studio audience screaming for Sheldon. Later, he had the judges screaming at the top of their lungs when he took off his mask. Even without the mask, Sheldon kept his confidence on stage and gave a fabulous performance.
Following the performance, Sheldon’s coach asks how he felt with the performance, to which he responded “so good.” The rest of the judges complimented Sheldon for not only his voice, but his beautiful appearance. Simon Cowell even called Sheldon a “proper front man singer.”
Who is Sheldon Riley?
Sheldon Riley began his time on talent shows on eighth season of The X Factor Australia. On this show, he performanced for Adam Lambert, Iggy Azalea, and Mark Holden. In his audition, he sang “Circle of Life” by Elton John and “Ordinary People” by John Legend. After going through the 14–21s category bootcamp with Adam Lambert, Sheldon was eliminated from the show. He later returned in the group category. He was apart of band “Time and Place” with Sami Afuni, Matthew McNaught, and Leon Kroeber. They continued on in the competition, and were eliminated in the first episode of the live shows.
Later, he appeared on The Voice Australia in 2018. He auditioned with the song “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me” by Culture Club. All of the coaches turned for Sheldon, but ultimately he chose Boy George as his coach. Sheldon finished the competition in third place.
For those who may not remember, Sheldon Riley first took the America’s Got Talent stage in Season 15 (2020). He auditioned with Billie Eilish’s “idontwannabeyouanymore.” Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, and Sofia Vergara all voted yes on Sheldon, Heidi Klum was not present for this episode. From there, Sheldon advanced into the Judge Cuts, and the Quarterfinals. In the Quarterfinals, Sheldon sang Kylie Minogue’s “Can’t Get You Out of My Head.”
After the show, Sheldon won Eurovision: Australia Decides 2022. He then represented his country at 2022 Eurovision Song Contest in Turin, Italy. In the competition, he sang the song “Not The Same.” He finished in 15th place overall in the competition. Later, Sheldon was part of The Masked Singer Australia, where he finished in second place as Snapdragon.