Now that Season 9 of “America’s Got Talent” has entered its second week of the Semifinals, be sure to cast your votes now for who you think will advance tomorrow night and who will ultimately win.
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Below, a brief rundown of this week’s “Semifinals, Week 2” contestants in order of their current Gold Derby winning odds.
Blue Journey – 15/2 odds to win
Blue Journey is an innovative dance duet created by choreographer David Middendorp. The act combines video projection, animation, music and dance to immerse the viewer in a new and surreal world. By using equal parts multimedia and choreography in a way that creatively supports both halves, the result is a beautiful dance journey worthy enough to be named the “greatest act in America.”
Mat Franco – 10/1 odds to win
Mat Franco became fascinated with the art of magic after seeing it on television at age four. Growing up in Rhode Island, Mat learned techniques by studying magicians he videotaped off television, and he continued to hone his craft with performances throughout his teen and college years. He now specializes in creating customized, interactive presentations for his audiences that allow for spontaneity and improvisation. For Mat, magic isn’t about “tricking” or “fooling” the audience; it’s about connecting with people and bringing smiles to their faces. Mat has been entertaining college audiences full-time ever since the day he finished college himself, and now it’s time for the rest of America to see what he can do!
Quintavious Johnson – 10/1 odds to win (pictured above)
Twelve-year-old Quintavious Johnson starting singing in his church in Franklin, Tennessee at age three, and joined the youth choir at age five. He has sung the National Anthem for the Franklin Cowboys, Franklin Baseball Club and Nashville Sounds. In 2012, he won Demi Lobo’s “Most Talented Under 12” competition in Chicago. In 2013, he was a guest of singer Jimmy Wayne and performed at the Grand Ole Opry. Quintavious enjoys singing at local churches, meetings and sporting events, and he looks forward to singing in front of the audience at Radio City Music Hall.
Christian Stoinev – 12/1 odds to win
Twenty-two-year-old Christian Stoinev is a fifth generation performer who has always loved the spotlight. He began performing at the age of five with his father in an acrobatic act and took up hand balancing at the age of 10. Christian graduated Illinois State University with a degree in broadcast journalism in 2013, becoming the first in his family to graduate from college. While in school, he continued to develop his craft as a member of the ISU Circus. In addition to his wide range of hand balancing skills, Christian has also developed a unique routine with his pet Chihuahua, Scooby!
Emil & Dariel – 12/1 odds to win
Emil, age 16, and Dariel, age 14, are making a name for themselves as cello virtuosos by transcending the barriers of the classical cello. The brothers have been studying the cello since the age of four under the guidance of their grandfather, Leonid Rubanchik. Although their background is in classical music, they are very excited to try new genres and sounds. America’s Got Talent is their favorite TV show. When not playing the cello, Emil is a sophomore in college on full scholarship, and Dariel is an honors high school student. Both Emil and Dariel are second-degree black belts in martial arts.
Kelli Glover – 40/1 odds to win
Kelli Glover, from Cranford, New Jersey, started singing at the age of seven and made her first stage appearance at the legendary Apollo Theater. After studying at Red Bank Regional High School for Performing Arts, Kelli began auditioning to find her big break. In 2009, she auditioned for America’s Got Talent and was sent home during Vegas Week. This time around, Kelli aims to inspire others to never give up on their dreams. She is happy to be back and grateful for a second chance to impress America.
Baila Conmigo – 80/1 odds to win
Baila Conmigo is a dance company in West New York, New Jersey, founded in 2009 by Johana Vasquez. It has quickly become one of the leading Colombian style dance companies in the country, featuring fast footwork and high-flying acrobatics. With no experience in managing a business, Johana relied on her love of dance and innovative choreography to bring Baila Conmigo to some of the biggest stages in the country. In 2012 and 2013, her team participated in a total of 20 categories at the World Latin Dance Cup, receiving first, second and third place awards.
Smoothini – 80/1 odds to win
Tomas de la Cruz, also known as Smoothini, is the quintessential magic man. Born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New York City, Tomas began performing at the age of eight and perfected the skills of misdirection and manipulation on street corners and subways. After completing a tour of service in the United States Marine Corps, he now makes a living with his unique style of magic by touring colleges, festivals, bars and restaurants. Currently living in Las Vegas, he takes magic to a new level of astonishment, and he looks forward to bringing his interactive, comedic magic act to the America’s Got Talent stage.
AcroArmy – 100/1 odds to win
AcroArmy is a living testament to the adage, “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” Competing in groups of two or three, these acrobats from across the country have reached the highest levels of achievement in the sport of acrobatic gymnastics. Ranging in age from 11 to 27, every member has been selected to represent the U.S. on the National Team and have earned many national and international titles. This incredible group was brought together by their choreographer and mentor Arthur Davis, a two-time World Champion acrobatic gymnast and finalist on the first season of “AGT,” with his act Realis. AcroArmy hopes to show America that years of training and performance experience has made them into a million dollar act.
Jaycob Curlee – 100/1 odds to win
Eighteen-year-old Jaycob Curlee is a recent high school graduate from Daphne, Alabama and will attend the University of South Alabama in Mobile next fall. He lives with his sister Josie, his mother Katherine, his father Stephen and their dog Molly. After spending three years in different foster homes, he and his sister were adopted by his parents when he was eight years old. At the age of 14, Jaycob received his first guitar for Christmas and performed for his church just two months later. During high school, Jaycob tirelessly practiced his music, and he’s committed to becoming a successful artist. He can’t wait to share his love of music with America.
Wendy Liebman – 100/1 odds to win
Born in New York, Wendy Liebman went to college to become a psychologist but found her true passion while taking a night school classed called “How to Be a Stand-Up Comedian.” Wendy started her stand-up career in Boston and has been performing throughout the U.S. and Canada ever since. She’s been featured on late night talk shows, HBO, Showtime and Comedy Central. At age 42, she got married and took her career off the fast track to help raise her husband’s sons (tons of laundry!). Now that her boys are a little older, she’s back on the road and headlining in clubs. After a near-death experience in 2013, Wendy realized that her dream was to make people happy through humor, and she hopes America’s Got Talent will give her that chance.
Jonah Smith – 100/1 odds to win
Jonah Smith and his band have been touring and recording for close to 15 years. In 2006, Smith released a record and the band played at SXSW, Bonnaroo and other festivals, sharing the stage with legends like Little Feat, Los Lobos and Jonny Lang. His songs went into rotation at radio stations around the country as well as satellite radio, but wider success didn’t come. After his record label folded, Jonah found it hard to make a living playing music full-time and began selling insurance to make ends meet. Jonah is thankful for his loyal fan base, which continues to support the band. Jonah and bassist Ben Rubin have been playing music together for 20 years. Guitarist Jacob Deaton rounds out the band, and they hope to find new fans and travel the world playing music for a living.
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