Two Popular ‘America’s Got Talent’ Acts Decline ‘Champions’

lindsey stirlingJulia Delbel | Talent Recap

In just two weeks, we’ll finally get to see America’s Got Talent: The Champions. Seeing so many beloved acts from over the years come back for one massive competition is going to be something special. But unfortunately, no matter how many acts returned t the franchise, it was inevitable that some fan favorites would be absent.

When we made our list of acts we wish were in the Champions cast, Zurcaroh was in the #1 spot. The dance troupe finished in second place this last season of AGT and delivered a high level of artistry and skill with every one of their performances. So of course, we were very surprised to not see them in the line-up.

Turns out the group addressed this back in September on their Instagram page. The show did invite them to compete, but they had to decline due to life obligations. Unfortunately (and surprisingly given their level of ability) Zurcaroh isn’t a professional company, and involvement in the group simply a hobby for its members. It’s a shame they weren’t able to participate in Champions, but it’s nice to know they weren’t snubbed for a spot!

Another AGT act a lot of fans wanted to see back was electric violinist Lindsey Stirling, who finished in the quarter-finals back in Season 5. She then went on to become one of the most well-known acts to come from the franchise, releasing several albums and touring the world with her music.

Lindsey has been a guest performer on AGT several times in the past eight years since she was a contestant on the show – most recently in the Season 13 finale – but her current level of success made me think she probably wouldn’t be on Champions. Turns out my suspicions were correct, but that didn’t stop the show from extending an invitation.

In a recent interview with Build Series, Lindsey shared why she turned down AGT‘s offer to return.

“It was really funny because they called me, and I thought maybe they wanted me to be a guest performer or something and I literally, my jaw kind of dropped. They were like, ‘We want to invite you back on America’s Got Talent.’ And I was like, ‘Thank you. I don’t mean to be rude, but I would never come back to compete. Like, I’m sorry I do really well on my own now. I tour the world. Thank you, but absolutely not.’ It was a funny moment for me.”

While I totally get why Lindsey wouldn’t want to return to compete on AGT (in addition to the reasons she stated, the judges were pretty hard on her and while she says she understands why now, I’ve always gotten the sense it left her with a bad taste in her mouth about the experience) the way she stated this isn’t really a good look for her. While I get she has bigger fish to fry at this point in her career, I could say the same for several of the acts who did take the Champions offer. I’m not saying Lindsey should have taken the spot, but her wording here makes her seem a bit full of herself and sort of implies those who did are lesser for doing so.

You can watch Lindsey’s full Build Series interview below, and America’s Got Talent: The Champions when it premieres on NBC Monday, January 7 at 8/7 c.


Julia Delbel
Julia Delbel

Julia is a writer at Talent Recap and hails from the Greater Toronto Area. She is currently pursuing a degree in Media Studies. When not sharing her latest reality TV hot takes she's likely enjoying a game night with friends, collecting enamel pins, or spending time with her cat, Zoey.

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