Fratelli Rossi is the stage name of two brothers with an acrobatic act that won over the four judges on the June 5 episode of “America’s Got Talent.” However, they did so only after barely escaping serious injury during their first ill-fated audition. One of them laid down and used his feet to flip the other around and around in circles. But it all went awry and the flipped brother fell to the ground. They insisted on doing the routine again and their perseverance was rewarded by the panel with four yes voters. After catching their breath backstage, the two brothers spoke candidly in the video above about what went wrong.
Turns out that this was the first time the two brothers had done their act since one of them had surgery for a torn ACL six months ago. Despite the insistence of Mel B and Howie Mandel that they not try the stunt again, they were determined to show the “AGT” judges that they were worthy of moving on in the process.
After they completed a near-perfect routine, Fratelli Rossi had the jfour udges on their feet. Mel B, who admitted she was wrong to have wanted them to stop, confessed, “I found that absolutely terrifying, but also hot in a weird way.” Heidi Klum called them “absolutely incredible” while Simon Cowell summed up his feelings thus: “The fact that you went wrong and then you did it again actually made the act even better. I was really on the edge of my seat.”
In his “AGT” live blog, our recapper John Benutty wrote, “Luck was in the air when brothers Ricardo and Alejandro (Fratelli Rossi) brought their tumbling act to the stage. Simon warned them that there had already been a number of accidents earlier in the day, but even despite a recent injury they attempted daring paired spins, tosses, flips and balancing that resulted in yet another accident on stage when one of them fell mid-spin! But that didn’t stop them and in an incredible display of courage they tried again to correct their mistake and succeeded! Happily and proudly all four judges gave them a YES, cheering on their perseverance and determination.”