The “Olympics of Talent” are back.
Ten former winners and standout acts from different “America’s Got Talent” editions around the world took the stage Monday to determine who would move one step closer to winning “AGT: The Champions.” And the stakes were high – only two acts from tonight would advance to the finals round.
For the extreme knife-throwing team Deadly Games, the stakes were even higher. Following their run on Season 11 of “AGT,” life took a cruel twist shortly after they were eliminated from the semifinals.
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“Shortly after the show, my mother text me that my sister had an accident,” Alfredo said. “My sister was an aerialist. One day she fell 30 feet high, head first without safety nets or anything to hold her and she’s been in a wheelchair ever since. It’s a miracle she’s alive.”
The accident almost caused Alfredo and Anna to quit: “Anna is the mother of my daughter, she is precious to me. Sometimes I think, ‘What if I hurt her or kill her?’ It could happen. We know the risk.”
That didn’t stop Deadly Games from bringing “the most dangerous act we’ve ever performed in our life” to the “Champions” stage.
During their death-defying stunt, Alfredo precisely threw dozens of knives at moving targets surrounding Anna and even fired a crossbow over his shoulder at her, using nothing but judge Heidi Klum’s phone to judge his aim.
“I almost had a panic attack over here,” Klum exclaimed after Alfredo successfully hit his mark. “Literally, my heart was almost jumping out of my chest and something is happening to me right now …”
Klum jumped out of her seat and hit the Golden Buzzer, sending confetti all over the stage and Deadly Games to the finals round.
“I was thinking about giving up and thanks to Heidi we are here to win it,” an emotional Alfredo said through tears. He gave a shout-out to his sister, who was in the studio audience. “I am so proud of both of you,” she told Deadly Games backstage.
The knife-throwing act will be joined in the finals round by opera and rock singer Cristina Ramos, the 2016 winner of “Spain’s Got Talent,” who beat out singing ventriloquist sensation Darci Lynne Farmer to advance through superfan votes from all 50 states.
“America’s Got Talent: The Champions” will return on Jan. 21 (NBC, 8 EST/PST) with 10 more former winners and finalists.
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