Why India’s V. Unbeatable Is Struggling And Having The ‘Hardest’ Time Of Their Life After Winning ‘AGT: Champions’
Fans of V Unbeatable might be wondering where the dance group has been since winning AGT: The Champions earlier this year. Unfortunately, the dancers have been facing some tough times in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
V Unbeatable is comprised of dancers between the ages of 12 and 28, who are from the slums of Mumbai, India. They finished fourth place on AGT Season 14, but returned to take home the Champions title in February.
V Unbeatable Face Tough Times After ‘AGT’ Win
According to NPR, India’s strict coronavirus lockdown has prevented the dance team from being able to perform or rehearse, which has affected them financially in recent months.
While winners of the standard AGT seasons receive $1 million, there is no such prize for Champions winners. With shows being canceled due to the pandemic, V Unbeatable has lost income.
“What was supposed to be the best time of our lives became the toughest time of our lives,” choreographer Swapnil Bhoir told the outlet.
Although the virus has spread quickly through the slums of Mumbai, none of the team members have tested positive. However, the lockdown has affected India’s economy, and many of the dancers’ family members lost their jobs.
“My family’s situation is very bad,” 17-year-old dancer Nikhil Patlekar said in a video from May that featured several members of the group sharing how they’ve been affected.
How Is The Group Handling Their Current Situation?
“Even after becoming an international artist, there’s been no progress. It’s back to square one,” Swapnil Bhoir told NPR. Because of bans on large gatherings and limited transportation, the group isn’t able to rehearse together.
Members are staying busy with weekly quizzes about the history of hip-hop, and by uploading solo dance videos on social media. Swapnil said he’s received calls from younger dancers asking, “When can we start dancing again?”
In May, the group tweeted a link for fans to donate via PayPal, and also shared bank details for those who want to help. The group later shared in June that USV Private Limited had supplied the members’ families with food packages.
“You may win or achieve something great but that doesn’t mean your life is set,” Swapnil told NPR. “Sometimes you have to start from zero again, and we’re prepared to do that.”