NBC has announced the 50 Champions acts who will be competing on the reality talent competition series when it premieres with a two-hour episode on Monday, January 7 at 8PM ET/PT on NBC.
America's Got Talent: The Champions will highlight some of the most talented acts from previous seasons of NBC's show as well as memorable, popular or wacky acts from international editions that span 184 countries -- including past winners and finalists.
The 50 acts will include dancer and mime Kenichi, the winner ofAmerica's Got Talent in 2013; singer Bianca Ryan, who won the American version of the show in 2006; and ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer who won America's Got Talent in 2017.
The Champions spinoff will also feature competitors from Spain's Got Talent, Britain's Got Talent, Australia's Got Talent, Russia's Got Talent, Ukraine's Got Talent, South Africa's Got Talent, Denmark's Got Talent, Belgium's Got Talent, and Holland's Got Talent.
Terry Crews, the star of NBC's Brooklyn Nine-Nine, will also serve as the host.
All 50 acts -- half of which had already been announced in mid-November -- will come together to compete for "the ultimate display of talent," according to NBC, and the winning act will receive $1 million.
Below is the entire cast of America's Got Talent: The Champions and their NBC-supplied bios in no particular order:
- Cristina Ramos, an opera rock singer who won Spain's Got Talent in 2016.
Cristina Ramos Perez 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."
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.
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- Lost Voice Guy, a comedian who won Britain's Got Talent in 2018.
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, an escape artist who won Australia's Got Talent in 2011.
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."
- Ashleigh and Sully, a dog act who won Britain's Got Talent in 2012.
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.
- Tokio Myers, a pianist who won Britain's Got Talent in 2017.
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 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 sang for presidents and other world leaders everywhere. Evancho has also recorded duets with notable artists such as Tony Bennett, Placido Domingo and Barbara Streisand.
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.
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.
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.
Preacher Lawson was born in Portland, OR, 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, a pair of mentalists who finished as a finalist act on America's Got Talent in 2016.
Amelie 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.
Sal Valentinetti is from Long Island, NY, 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.
- Darcy Oake, a magician who finished as a finalist on Britain's Got Talent in 2013.
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."
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.
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 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.
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 at 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, a sword swallower and pole aerialist who won Russia's Got Talent in 2014.
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.
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 song writers, producers and recording engineers in the music industry, including Quincy Jones and David Foster.
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.
- The Professional Regurgitator, a pro regurgitator who finished as a finalist on Britain's Got Talent in 2010.
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, lightbulbs, 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, 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.
- Ryan Stock & AmberLynn, a danger act who finished as a finalist act on America's Got Talent in 2015.
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.
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.
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.
- Paul Potts, an opera singer who won Britain's Got Talent in 2007.
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.
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, a sand artist who won Ukraine's Got Talent in 2009.
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.
- DJ Arch Jnr, otherwise known as "Kid DJ," won South Africa's Got Talent in 2015.
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.
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, a shadow dance group who won Britain's Got Talent in 2013.
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.
- Justice Crew, a dance and singing group who won Australia's Got Talent in 2010.
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) multiplatinum selling artists.
- Moonlight Brothers, dancing brothers who won Denmark's Got Talent in 2018.
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.
- Susan Boyle, a singer who finished as the runner-up of Britain's Got Talent in 2009.
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.
- Piff the Magic Dragon, a comedian and magician who finished as a finalist on America's Got Talent in 2015.
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.
- Sofie Dossi, a contortionist and hand balancer who finished as a finalist on America's Got Talent in 2016.
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.
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, a kid magician who finished as the runner-up on Britain's Got Talent in 2017.
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.
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.
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.
- DDF Crew, a jumproping act who won Holland's Got Talent in 2012 and finished as a finalist act on Belgium's Got Talent in 2016.
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.
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.
They are also three-time Emmy Award winners for their PBS special, "You Should Dream." The Texas Tenors are celebrating 10 years together with "10th Anniversary Tour."
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.
- Taylor Williamson, a stand-up comic who finished as the runner-up of America's Got Talent in 2012.
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.
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.
- Billy & Emily England, a dangerous roller-skating act who finished as a finalist act on America's Got Talent in 2017.
Billy & Emily England are a brother and sister duo who are 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.
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."
- Deadly Games, dangerous knife throwers who finished as a finalist act on America's Got Talent in 2016.
Deadly Games, also known as Alfredo & Anna Silva, was a knife-thrower duo act from Season 11 of America's Got Talen 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.
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 eight minutes. About The Author:Elizabeth Kwiatkowski
Elizabeth Kwiatkowski is Associate Editor of Reality TV World and has been covering the reality TV genre for more than a decade.