America’s Got Talent The Champions Series News Review
The premiere of the Champions series kicks off with ten memorable acts from America’s Got Talent The Champions Episode 1 Recap videos. America’s Got Talent The Champions Series News-Review.
Countries represented include the U.S., Australia, the United Kingdom, Holland, and Russia.
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America’s Got Talent: The Champions was pre-taped, filmed last fall between Sept. 27 and Oct. 17, over seven days of filming.
The final panel also choose the winner after the performances in episode six, so the winner has been determined (that’s why you might find some spoilers online). That finale episode airs Feb. 18.
A spokesperson for Fremantle Media, which produces America’s Got Talent, shared that the panel of 50 people were not in the studio audience.
Instead, the panel “watched the show live off camera,” the spokesperson said, and “once all acts have performed, the Superfans cast their votes via keypads, and the Superfans’ winner is announced at the end of the show.”
“We used our research team to determine superfans of the show who were longtime and dedicated viewers,” the spokesperson told me.
She said that the panelists do “represent the entire country with delegates from all 50 states.”
The spokesperson added “it wasn’t necessarily the exact same 50 people voting for each episode, but there was some cross-over from week-to-week, similar to what you would find with any voting show.”
Source: Reality Blurred
Is this series really about the acts or more about rating revenue and sending the audience into an excited trainwreck?
Episodes – acts which advanced into the finale.
Advancing – episode one
Susan Boyle via Golden Buzzer from Mel B. Preacher Lawson was 50 delegates.
Advanced – episode two
Deadly Games – Golden Buzzer Heidi Klum, and Cristina Ramos 50 unknown delegates.
Advanced – episode three
Paul Potts and Angelica Hale advanced via Howie.
- Billy and Emily 2nd place
- Jon Dorenbos 3rd place.
- Paul Potts Advanced
The selecting process has not been made public. Nor has the selection of the so-called “superfans” who decide the whole competition. Then add in the panel’s own bias on who to select to win the Golden Buzzer! The audience needs to question the claims made by the producers in this whole series. Look at the revenue and what benefits each act makes from their appearance. Then the trainwreck may be explained. or then again it may not be fully explained.
How can one act out of all the fifty that appears to be ever considered the best in the world?
The selective process is limited in scope and numbers. In research, one would call this whole exercise underpowered. Not all the best acts wanted to appear. Only fifty is a small sample. This is not a valid competition.
Regardless of the motivation of the producers and the acts, the final outcome is not in your hands. The shows have been pre-recorded and outcomes decided.
Each of us has a favorite act, or two, or even more…what is the point of claiming a winner when you the viewer has little or no say! You decide!
Episode Three Details
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Scheduled to air January 21, 2019 – Monday 8|7 C all shows were recorded earlier. No live voting this series folks.
Billy & Emily England – Danger Roller Skaters – America’s Got Talent 2017 – Finalist – Billy & Emily England are a brother and sister duo who is originally from Birmingham, England, and now live in Las Vegas, Nevada. They competed in season 9 of Britain’s Got Talent and season 12 of America’s Got Talent.
They are currently a star attraction in “Absinthe” Las Vegas.
Paul Potts – Singer from the UK.
Paul Potts – Opera Singer – Britain’s Got Talent 2007 – Winner – This tenor fell in love with opera at age 16, which would eventually lead to him performing on, and winning, the first season of “Britain’s Got Talent” in 2007. His debut album, “One Chance,” topped the charts in 13 countries (including the UK) and his story inspired the Hollywood film of the same name, starring James Corden.
Jon Dorenbos – Magician – America’s Got Talent 2016 – Finalist – A now retired NFL football player due to a life-threatening heart condition, Jon Dorenbos placed third on Season 11 of “America’s Got Talent.” His book, “Life is Magic,” published by Simon & Shuster, is being released early in 2019 with a movie being produced by Academy Award nominee Mike Tollin. In addition to performing his show, “Life is Magic” in theaters around the country, Jon is one of the most sought-after corporate keynote speakers. He has also become a regular on “The Ellen Degeneres Show” as both a magician and co-host.
Darcy Oak – Illusionist – Season – BGT Season 8
Darcy Oake – Magician – Britain’s Got Talent 2013 – Finalist – In 2014, Darcy Oake garnered more than 200 million viewers on “Britain’s Got Talent.” Oake went on to make a guest appearance on “America’s Got Talent” in 2016 and was further honored to be a part of Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday celebration where he performed before the Royal Family at a private dinner. He has also headlined the Magic Castle in Hollywood and tours the globe with the stage show, “The Illusionists”.
Prince Poppycock – Season 5 AGT
Prince Poppycock – Opera Singer – America’s Got Talent 2010 – Finalist – John Andrew Quale is best known as Prince Poppycock and was a finalist on America’s Got Talent in 2010. John recently originated the role of Albert Maysles in the original parody musical ‘Gaga Gardens’, and before that was nominated for an LA Ovation award in his turn as The Snow Queen.
Samuel J Comroe – Season 13
Samuel J. Comroe – Stand-Up Comic – America’s Got Talent 2018 – Finalist – Samuel J. Comroe, a Los Angeles native, is a stand-up comedian who performs at over 100 clubs and colleges annually. He came in fourth place on Season 13 of “America’s Got Talent.” Samuel has also appeared on “Conan,” BET’s “Real Husbands of Hollywood,” and All Def’s “Comedy Originals.” His comedy is made up of the trials and tribulations of living with Tourettes Syndrome since being diagnosed at age 6 and observational material based on his life experiences.
DJ Arch Jr. – South Africa’s Got Talent winner.
DJ Arch Jnr – “Kid DJ” – South Africa’s Got Talent 2015 – Winner – Oratilwe AJ Hlongwane (6 years old) popularly known as DJ Arch Jnr, is a Johannesburg born young talent from South Africa. He won South “Africa’s Got Talent” in 2015 and became the youngest “Got Talent” winner ever at 3 years old. DJ Arch Jnr has secured many high-profile opportunities and was named the World’s Youngest Club DJ by the Guinness World Records.
Angelica Hale – singer from Season 12 runner up to Darcy Lynne.
Angelica Hale – Singer – America’s Got Talent 2017 – Finalist – Angelica Hale is an 11-year old singer from Atlanta who competed in season 12 of “America’s Got Talent” in 2017, received Chris Hardwick’s Golden Buzzer and finished as the youngest runner-up in the show’s history. She was a featured performer in the “91st Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade” in 2017 and has appeared on “Little Big Shots,” “Today” and many others. She is currently working on her debut album and has completed shooting her first feature movie, American Reject.
Tom Cotter – Season 5.
Tom Cotter – Stand-up Comic – America’s Got Talent 2012 – Runner-Up – Comedian Tom Cotter has taken the comedy scene by storm since finishing as runner-up and becoming a breakout star from Season 7’s “America’s Got Talent.” You can find Tom headlining many of America’s most famous comedy clubs, including the Improv, Catch a Rising Star, the Gotham Comedy Club and Caroline’s on Broadway.
Ryan Stock and Amberlynn
Ryan Stock & AmberLynn – Danger Act – America’s Got Talent 2015 – Finalist – Ryan Stock and AmberLynn participated in the 11th season of “America’s Got Talent.” During the quarterfinals, the duo went viral and became an overnight sensation when AmberLynn accidentally shot Ryan in the neck with a flaming arrow on live television. After “AGT,” they immediately went on to perform a six-month residency in Las Vegas and take their show around the world.
Episode Two Details
Scheduled to air January 14, 2019 – Monday 8|7 C…all shows were prerecorded.
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Cristina Ramos Episode 2 – Opera Rock Singer – Spain’s Got Talent 2016 – Winner – Cristina Ramos Pérez is a singer from Las Palmas, Spain known for her performance style and one-of-a-kind musical arrangements, simultaneously comprising various genres such as opera, rock, funk, disco, and Boleros. In 2017, she debuted her one-woman show, “Rock Talent,” and released her first single, “Loca,” followed by a second hit single, “We Cannot Know.”
Darci Lynne Farmer – Episode 2 Ventriloquist – America’s Got Talent 2017 – Winner – At 12 years old, Darci won season 12 of “America’s Got Talent.” Following her big win, the Oklahoma native has been featured on NBC’s “Little Big Shots,” Food Network’s “Kids Baking Championship,” “Ellen” and “Today.” Her first Christmas special, “Darci Lynne: My Hometown Christmas,” will air on NBC in December.
Taylor Williamson Episode 2 – Stand-up Comic – America’s Got Talent 2012 – Runner-Up – Taylor was the runner-up on Season 8 of “America’s Got Talent.” Since performing on the show, he has released a comedy album, “Laughter? I Hardly Know Her!” which reached No. 1 on the iTunes comedy charts. He also released his first comedy special, “Please Like Me,” which is available on Amazon Prime. When he’s not traveling around the world making sold-out crowds of strangers laugh/uncomfortable, Taylor is busy hosting “Taylor’s Talk Show” every month live in Los Angeles.
Piff The Magic Dragon
Piff the Magic Dragon Episode Two – Comedian/Magician – America’s Got Talent 2015 – Finalist – After earning national acclaim as the standout star of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and “Penn & Teller: Fool Us,” Piff the Magic Dragon performs nightly to sold-out rooms at his residency at the world-famous Flamingo Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas in the newly renamed Piff the Magic Dragon Theatre.
Courtney Hadwin all her performances season 13
Courtney Hadwin Episode 2 – Singer – America’s Got Talent 2018 – Finalist – Courtney Hadwin is a 14-year-old girl from England who was the lucky recipient of Howie Mandel’s Golden Buzzer in Season 13 of “America’s Got Talent.” Since appearing on the show, she has been working on original songs.
Light Balance Episode 2 – LED Dance Group – America’s Got Talent 2017 – Finalist – Light Balance is high-tech neon and LED dance troupe from Ukraine. They finished in third place in season 12 of “AGT.” For their first audition, they received the Golden Buzzer from Tyra Banks. Light Balance is currently working on a full-time show and national tour.
Deadly Games Episode 2 – Danger Knife Throwers – America’s Got Talent 2016 – Finalist – Deadly Games, also known as Alfredo & Anna Silva, was a knife-thrower duo act from Season 11 of “America’s Got Talent” that made it to the semifinals. Noteworthy TV appearances have included “The Late Late Show with James Corden” on CBS, “France’s Got Talent” (semifinalists), “Don Francisco Te Invita” on Telemundo and “Le Plus Grand Cabaret du Monde,” one of the most prestigious of all TV shows in Europe.
Viktor Kee – Juggler – America’s Got Talent 2016 – Finalist – Performing on stage since he was 6 years old, the Ukrainian-born juggler is a graduate of the professional Circus School in Kiev. Kee has developed a unique mesmerizing style of juggling that melds dance, acrobatics and juggling into a wondrous ballet of sensuality. He has won a silver medal and Raspini Award at the Cirque de Demain festival in Paris, and has performed at venues such as Moulin Rouge and the MGM Grand with Barbara Streisand in Las Vegas.
Ashleigh and Sully
Ashleigh and Sully Episode 2 – Dog Act – Britain’s Got Talent 2012 – Winner – Ashleigh Butler won “Britain’s Got Talent” in 2012 with her dancing dog, Pudsey. After winning “BGT,” Ashleigh and Pudsey performed and met the Queen. Following “BGT,” they had their own kids TV show, traveled the world and Pudsey had his own book and film.
Pudsey passed away last year, but Ashleigh will be performing in “Champions” with her canine Sully.
DDF Crew Episode 2 – Jump Ropers – Holland’s Got Talent 2012 – Winner/Belgium’s Got Talent 2016 – Finalist – The DDF Crew is a double dutch (or jump rope) crew from Belgium that participated in “Holland’s Got Talent” in 2012. The group won the Golden Ticket at the auditions and went on to win the entire show. From that moment, DDF Crew has had the opportunity to perform all over the world, meeting amazing people and artists along the way.
Episode One Details
The post-show interview videos have been added to this page.
The recap for the first-round episode 1 aired January 7, 2019, featuring 10 acts.
Justice Crew Appearing Ep 1 (1/7/2019) – Dance/Singing Group – Australia’s Got Talent 2010 – Winner – Justice Crew is an Australian singing-dancing crew made up of John Pearce, Len Pearce, Lukas Bellesini, Samson Smith, Paulie Merciadez and Solo Tohi. In 2010, Justice Crew were the winners of “Australia’s Got Talent” and launched an extraordinary recording career becoming ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) multi-platinum selling artists.
Susan Boyle Appearing Ep 1 (1/7/2019)– Singer – Britain’s Got Talent 2009 – Runner-Up – In 2009, Susan Boyle stepped onto the “Britain’s Got Talent” stage and won second place in the competition. Susan has gone on to make eight studio albums, as well as earning two Grammy Award nominations, three Guinness World Records, #1 albums in 40 plus countries, and 128 platinum and gold album certifications.
Sofie Dossi Appearing Ep 1 (1/7/2019) – Contortionist/Hand Balancing – America’s Got Talent 2016 – Finalist – Sofie Dossi is a contortionist who is globally renowned for being a finalist and Golden Buzzer recipient on Season 11 of “America’s Got Talent.” Following her time on the show, Sofie launched her YouTube channel where she has amassed over 3 million subscribers. Sports Illustrated endowed Sofie with the title of “Halftime Performer of the Year” in 2017.
Sara & Hero
Sara & Hero Appearing Ep 1 (1/7/2019) – Dog Act – America’s Got Talent 2017 – Finalist – After struggling with depression as a teen, Carson welcomed Hero into her world and the collie quickly turned her life around for the better. Since placing fifth on Season 12 of “America’s Got Talent,” Carson created the dog training app “Puppr.”
Uzeyer Novruzov Appearing Ep 1 (1/7/2019) – Ladder Balancer – America’s Got Talent 2010 – Finalist – Uzeyer Novruzov, 42, hails from Azerbaijan and was a top 10 finalist in America’s Got Talent in 2015. In 2016, he did the Guinness World Record in Beijing China where he climbed a 20-foot ladder and stood on top of it for up to 8 minutes.
Preacher Lawson Appearing Ep 1 (1/7/2019) – Comedian – America’s Got Talent 2017 – Finalist – Preacher Lawson was born in Portland, Ore., but raised in Memphis. He is known for being a finalist on the 12th season of “America’s Got Talent.” He also won the 2015 Funniest Comedian in Florida and the 2016 Seattle International Comedy Competition. In addition to being on “AGT” Lawson has also appeared on “Last Call with Carson Daly” and Comedy Dynamics’ “Coming to the Stage.”
The Clairvoyants Appearing Ep 1 (1/7/2019)– Mentalists – America’s Got Talent 2016 – Finalist – Amélie van Tass and Thommy Ten are The Clairvoyants. After winning second place on “America’s Got Talent” in 2016, they went on to headline with “The Illusionists – Turn of the Century”, which was the best-selling magic show in Broadway history.
They were also recognized in 2017 as stage magicians of the year by the Academy of Magical Arts and the Magic Castle.
Vicki Barbolak Appearing Ep 1 (1/7/2019) – Stand-Up Comic – America’s Got Talent 2018 – Finalist – Vicki Barbolak was a finalist on Season 13 of “America’s Got Talent.” Since being on “AGT,” Barbolak has embarked on an international tour and launched her own podcast called “Trailer Nasty with Vicki Barbolak.” Her prior accolades include being named a member of Jay Leno’s NBC Laugh Squad, Nick @ Nite’s Funniest Mom in America and has been featured by E! as the Next Breakout Star to come from The Comedy Store.
Alex Magala Appearing Ep 1 (1/7/2019) – Sword Swallower/Pole Aerialist – Russia’s Got Talent 2014 – Winner – Alex Magala won “Russia’s Got Talent” in 2014 for his world famous sword-swallowing act. Magala has also appeared on many “Got Talents” around the world, including “Britain’s Got Talent” (finalist), “Italia’s Got Talent” (semi-finalist), and “America’s Got Talent” (quarter-finalist).
Magala is a member of Sword Swallowing Association International and has been a featured TEDx speaker.
Bianca Ryan Appearing Ep 1 (1/7/2019) – Singer – America’s Got Talent 2006 – Winner – At the age of 11, Bianca Ryan made history and won the hearts of over 20 million Americans when she became the very first winner of “America’s Got Talent.” A native of Philadelphia, this now 23-year-old singing prodigy has worked with some of the most gifted songwriters, producers and recording engineers in the music industry, including Quincy Jones and David Foster.
Acts Yet to appear on the series include
Shin Lim – Magician – America’s Got Talent 2018 – Winner – Shin Lim is the Season 13 winner of “America’s Got Talent.” Combining dexterity, precision and grace, he has distilled a lifetime of training into a devious display of dancing digits. His mind-blowing finger moves are so masterful that the audience is left to wonder if what their eyes have seen is truly possible. Shin is currently the reigning world FISM champion for close-up magic.
Kseniya Simonova – Sand Artist – Ukraine’s Got Talent 2009- Winner – Kseniya Simonova is a sand animation artist who was the winner of “Ukraine’s Got Talent” in 2009. Competing on “AGT: The Champions” will be the first time Kseniya has ever stepped foot onto United States soil, and she’s confident that it won’t be the last.
Paul Zerdin – Ventriloquist – America’s Got Talent 2015 – Winner – Paul Zerdin is a British comedian and ventriloquist from London.
He was the winner of the 10th season of America’s Got Talent. He had his own headline show, “Paul Zerdin – Mouthing Off,” at the Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. Since then, he has been touring globally and has a TV special coming soon.
Attraction – Shadow Dance Group – Britain’s Got Talent 2013 – Winner – Attraction won “Britain’s Got Talent” season 7 in 2013 and went on to win the Facebook BGT World Cup Champion 2018 trophy as the best performance of all 12 series of “Britain’s Got Talent.”
Moonlight Brothers – Dancing Brothers – Denmark’s Got Talent 2018 – Winner – Moonlight Brothers are a dance duo full of acrobatic moves from Denmark who took the competition by storm winning “Denmark’s Got Talent” this year.
Kechi – Singer – America’s Got Talent 2017 – Finalist – Kechi is a 28-year-old Nigerian-born woman currently living in Houston. Kechi found her true voice after surviving an accident – a plane crash that took the lives of 107 of 109 passengers in Nigeria in 2005. Kechi was a top 10 finalist on “America’s Got Talent” Season 12 and since then has released her first single, “Don’t You Dare” on iTunes and Spotify. She has become an ambassador for the burn hospital that first treated her here in the States.
Issy Simpson – Kid Magician – Britain’s Got Talent 2017 – Runner-Up – At just 10 years old, Issy Simpson has been hailed as one of the most unique magicians in the world after she captured the hearts of the public on the last season of “Britain’s Got Talent.” Since then, she has headlined at the world’s largest magic convention and been given a prestigious award at the world famous Magic Circle.
Issy also made her U.S. primetime TV debut on NBC’s “Little Big Shots.”
The Texas Tenors – Opera Singers – America’s Got Talent 2009 – Finalist – Since appearing on the show in 2009, the Texas Tenors – JC, Marcus and John – have released four studio albums. Their most recent albums, “Rise” and “A Collection of Broadway and American Classics,” both debuted at #1 on the Billboard Classical Chart. The Texas Tenors are celebrating 10 years together with “10th Anniversary Tour.”
Tape Face – Comedic Mime – America’s Got Talent 2016 – Finalist – Hailing from Season 11 of “America’s Got Talent,” Tape Face has completed a sold-out 52 date tour of some of the UK’s most iconic venues and a regional U.S. tour. Now, Tape Face performs at his very own uniquely customized venue in conjunction with Harrah’s Las Vegas, which is called House of Tape.
Kenichi – Projection/Dance – America’s Got Talent 2013 – Winner – Kenichi is a performer who infuses dance with mime, illusion and projection. After winning “America’s Got Talent,” he has performed all over the world and has a full-length one-man show that he performs in Japan.
Lost Voice Guy – Comedian – Britain’s Got Talent 2018 – Winner – Lee Ridley, better known as Lost Voice Guy, won Season 12 of “Britain’s Got Talent.” He is the first comedian to win the series and the first stand-up comedian to use a communication aid in order to speak. Since his 2018 “BGT” victory, Ridley has performed on some of the top comedy stages across the UK and at numerous comedy festivals, including the Edinburgh Fringe.
Cosentino – Escape Artist – Australia’s Got Talent 2011 – Winner – Cosentino is Australia’s most successful magician, illusionist and escape artist. Cosentino was the runner-up on “Australia’s Got Talent” in 2011, the winner of “Dancing with the Stars” Australia in 2013 and had a starring role in the Jackie Chan film “Bleeding Steel.” He has also written, produced and starred in eight primetime specials, and has won several Merlin Awards including “International Magician of the Year” and “International Escape Artist of the Year”.
Tokio Myers – Pianist – Britain’s Got Talent 2017 – Winner – Tokio Myers captivated the nation through his appearances on “Britain’s Got Talent,” showcasing his skills as a composer, producer and performance artist. He won the competition, was invited to perform on the “Royal Variety Show” broadcast to over 150 million people and signed a recording contract with Syco Entertainment. Most recently, Myers delivered his sold-out tour of the UK and Ireland receiving rave reviews nationwide. His debut album, “Our Generation,” is available on SYCO/Sony Music Masterworks.
Jackie Evancho – Opera Singer – America’s Got Talent 2010 – Finalist – Jackie Evancho first appeared on “America’s Got Talent” at age 10. Since then, she has released a string of platinum and gold albums, headlined three PBS TV specials and has sung for presidents and other world leaders everywhere. Evancho has also recorded duets with notable artists such as Tony Bennett, Placido Domingo, and Barbara Streisand.
Sal Valentinetti – Singer – America’s Got Talent 2016 – Finalist – Sal Valentinetti is from Long Island, N.Y., and received the Golden Buzzer from Heidi Klum in 2016 and went on to become one of the top five finalists. Since his success on “America’s Got Talent,” Valentinetti has been touring the country, having even performed at the legendary Madison Square Garden, and released his first debut EP, “The Voice,” and an original holiday single, “When Christmas Comes to Town” in 2017.
Colin Cloud – Mentalist – America’s Got Talent 2017 – Finalist – Colin Cloud is a mind-reader from Edinburgh and semifinalist on Season 12 of “America’s Got Talent.” Since appearing on the show, Cloud performed for Prince William and Kate Middleton as part of the 2017 Royal Variety Performance and has been performing on Broadway with The Illusionists. Cloud was also awarded the Dunninger Memorial Award – the highest award achievable in the art of mentalism by the Psychic Entertainers Association.
Brian Justin Crum – Singer – America’s Got Talent 2016 – Finalist – Since his season of “AGT,” Crum has explored a new genre of resounding pop and dance tracks. His remix cover of Robyn’s “Show Me Love” soared to #2 on the Billboard Dance Charts, hailed by DJ’s around the world and was named one of the Top 10 Billboard Dance Tracks of 2017.
Drew Lynch – Stand-Up Comic – America’s Got Talent 2015 – Finalist – Drew Lynch was the runner-up of season 10 of “America’s Got Talent.” He has a YouTube channel with more than 1.5 million subscribers where he uploads videos weekly with his dog, Stella, and produces and writes an animated show called “Therapy Dog.” Lynch also appeared as a guest star on the IFC show “Maron” and continues to pursue his acting career when he isn’t on tour.
The Professional Regurgitator – Regurgitator – Britain’s Got Talent 2010 – Finalist – Stevie Starr (also known as “The Professional Regurgitator”) is a Scottish performance artist known for being a professional regurgitator. In his act, he swallows various items such as coins, light bulbs, balloons, nails, lighter fluid and goldfish, and then regurgitates them. Starr was a finalist on “Britain’s Got Talent” in 2010, “America’s Got Talent” in 2015 and “France’s Got Talent” in 2015.
Sons of Serendip – Musical Group – America’s Got Talent 2014 – Finalist – Sons of Serendip, a Billboard-charting quartet that creates fresh interpretations of popular music, won the hearts of fans and judges as finalists on Season 9 of “America’s Got Talent.” Since the competition, Sons of Serendip has released three successful albums. Their most notable performances include the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, as well as collaborations with Cynthia Erivo, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops.
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