Bianca Ryan was the very first winner of “America’s Got Talent” back in 2006 when she was only 11. Her career came to a halt in 2016 after surgery paralyzed her vocal cords. She returns to the stage on “AGT: Champions” on Monday hoping to kickstart her comeback.
Watch her stirring rendition of “Say Something” by A Great Big World in the leaked video above. She moved the four judges (Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel) to tears and had the audience cheering. What did you think? Sound off with your thoughts in the comments section below.
Ryan is one of five “AGT” winners among the 50 acts competing on this spin-off. She joins dancer Kenichi Ebina (season 8),ventriloquist Paul Zerdin (season 10), singing ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer (season 12) and magician Shin Lim (season 13) in their quest for bragging rights to being the best in the world.
Now 23, this native of Philadelphia is among the 10 acts on Monday’s premiere episode of “America’s Got Talent: The Champions.” Among her competition is Susan Boyle, whose audition video went viral. Surprisingly, she did not win “Britain’s Got Talent” back in 2009 but placed second to dance troupe Diversity.
Two winners of the franchise in other countries have travelled to America to compete: 2014 “Russia’s Got Talent” winner, sword swallower Alex Magala and the 2010 winners of “Australia’s Got Talent,” dance troupe Justice Crew.
The line-up also includes six “AGT” finalists hoping for a better result this time around:
Uzeyer Novruzov – balancing act (2010)
The Clairvoyants – mentalists (2016)
Sofie Dossi – contortionist (2016)
Preacher Lawson – comedian (2017)
Sara & Hero – dog act (2017)
Vicki Barbolak – stand-up comic (2018)