Jake’s Take’s ‘AGT: All-Stars’ Acts to Watch

Terry, Heidi, Howie, and Simon will watch the AGT: All-Stars compete. (Photos and graphics property of NBC)

By: Jacob Elyachar, jakes-take.com

America’s Got Talent is bringing back some of the show and franchise’s best acts for the show’s third spin-off series: AGT All-Stars! 

Throughout the first weeks of 2023, 60 acts will compete for the chance to become the spin-off’s champion! Here are the 20 performers Jake’s Take will be rooting for as the acts perform for AGT judges Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, and Simon Cowell and the show’s superfans! 

Aidan Bryant (Aerialist; America’s Got Talent: Season 16 RUNNER-UP)

Aerialist Aidan Bryant blew audiences away when the self-taught aerialist competed in Season 16. Despite constant praise from the judges and countless fan votes, he came in second place to season winner Dustin Tavella. If Aidan brings high-octane routines to AGT All-Stars, he could be one of the contenders to win this season! 

Alan Silva (Aerialist; America’s Got Talent: Season 15 FINALIST) 

Aidan’s closest competition is fellow aerialist Alan Silva. During the 2020 pandemic, the aerialist became a fan favorite with his dangerous routines. If Terry does call Alan’s name at the end of All-Stars, the Silva family could make history as Alan’s brother Alfredo Silva won AGT: Extreme last year. 

Avery Dixon (Saxophonist; America’s Got Talent: Season 17 FINALIST) 

Saxophonist Avery Dixon won the hearts of millions when he auditioned with a rousing version of Otis Redding’s “Try a Little Tenderness” that made Howie, Heidi, Sofia, and the Pasadena Civic Center audience dance. Terry Crews’ Golden Buzzer recipient could be a top contender in the music category, and I will not be surprised if he is one of the last performers standing. 

Berywam (A cappella group; America’s Got Talent: Season 14 QUARTERFINALISTS)

French A cappella group Berywam successfully brought beatboxing into AGT during the final season of the 2010s. They raised the bar at every stage of the competition. I was sad that they were eliminated during the Dolby Theatre quarterfinals. I could see them as one of the season’s dark horses. 

Bir Khalsa (Extreme Variety; America’s Got Talent: Season 14 QUARTERFINALISTS; Australia’s Got Talent: Series 10 SEMIFINALISTS) 

Bir Khalsa is one of the most dangerous acts to compete on the show. Their original America’s Got Talent audition made my jaw drop, and their performances during the later rounds and on Australia’s Got Talent raised the stakes. I could see them being one of the season’s top danger acts.

Cristina Rae (Singer; America’s Got Talent: Season 15 THIRD PLACE FINALIST; Heidi Klum’s Golden Buzzer) 

When Jake’s Take friend Cristina Rae sang both “In the Air Tonight” and “Gimme Shelter,” she became a frontrunner to win the show’s pandemic season. The performance also produced one of the best Golden Buzzer moments in show history. Thanks to her soul-stirring renditions of “Jump” and “Demons,” Cristina became a member of the Got Talent’s music pantheon, and I cannot wait to see her perform again!

Eric Chien (Magician; Asia’s Got Talent: Season Three Britain’s Got Talent: The Ultimate Magician WINNER; America’s Got Talent: Season 14 SEMIFINALIST) 

Eric Chien is one of the greatest magicians to grace the Got Talent franchise. His spectacular routines left the audiences spellbound every time, and he won two Got Talent franchises. Eric will be a force to be reckoned with on this show, and I will not be surprised to see him as one of the last acts standing.

Emil & Dariel (Cellists; America’s Got Talent: Season Nine TOP 12 FINALISTS) 

I jumped for joy when I learned that longtime friends of Jake’s Take Emil & Dariel – would compete on AGT: All-Stars. These brothers delivered phenomenal musical moments, including their take on “Purple Haze,” “Satisfaction,” and “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing,” which cemented them as one of the best music acts to compete in the Howard Stern era. I cannot wait to see them perform for Howie, Heidi, and Simon.

Jackie Fabulous (Comedian; America’s Got Talent: Season 14 SEMIFINALIST) 

Jackie Fabulous is one of the talented comedians that has competed during the Simon Cowell era of the show. Her material made me laugh hard every time she took the stage. The full-time comic’s hysterical jokes could help her make it to the All-Stars finale.

Jamie Leahey (Ventriloquist; Britain’s Got Talent: Series 15 RUNNER-UP) 

Jamie Leahey is one of the young performers representing Britain’s Got Talent this season! He is one of the superb ventriloquists I have seen compete on Got Talent this decade. I have written on the BGT YouTube channel that Jamie has the potential to be the British Darci Lynne, and I would not be surprised to see him in the All-Stars finale.

Jeanick Fournier (Singer; Canada’s Got Talent: Season Two WINNER; Lindsay Ell’s Golden Buzzer) 

Singer Jeanick Fournier is one of the best vocalists who ever auditioned for the Got Talent franchise. Her covers of Celine Dion’s “I Surrender,” Kelly Clarkson’s “Never Enough,” and Queen’s “The Show Must Go On” gave the Canadian audience and Got Talent superfans strong cases of goosebumps. I am beyond thrilled that she will be making her American debut!

Jimmie Herrod (Singer; America’s Got Talent: Season 16 FINALIST; Sofia Vergara’s Golden Buzzer) 

Jimmie Herrod is one of the most gifted singers to compete in the Simon Cowell era of AGT. His full cover of Annie’s “Tomorrow” won the veteran Reality TV judge over and earned the actress’ second Golden Buzzer. If he performs songs like “Pure Imagination” and “What a Wonderful World,” I believe Jimmie could win this competition.


Kodi Lee (Singer & Pianist; America’s Got Talent: Season 14 WINNER) 

Kodi Lee’s life changed when former judge Gabrielle Union pressed the Golden Buzzer in the Season 14 Judges Auditions. The singer and pianist became an instant fan favorite, and his moving performances of “A Song for You,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” and “Lost Without You” earned him the Season 14 crown and sash. Kodi is truly the definition of an AGT All-Star, and I look forward to seeing what he brings to the competition. 

Lioz Shem Tov (Magician; America’s Got Talent: Season 13; Australia’s Got Talent: Season Nine Top 10 FINALIST) 

Israeli mentalist Lioz Shem Tov made a significant impression on me during the AGT: Season 13 Judge Auditions. While he could not secure a spot in the Season 13 live shows, Lioz redeemed himself on Australia’s Got Talent, where he became a finalist. Lioz’s talent could make him a strong contender in the magic category. 

Malevo (Dance Troupe; America’s Got Talent: Season 11 SEMIFINALISTS; George Lopez’s Golden Buzzer) 

Argentinian Gaucho dance troupe Malevo brought the heat during Simon’s first season judging AGT. Their fiery footwork and superb choreography earned George Lopez’s Golden Buzzer in Season 11, and they danced to the semifinals. I was so disappointed when they did not make it to the Season 11 finale, and I hope they can redeem themselves on AGT: All-Stars. 

NDLOVU Youth Choir (Choir; America’s Got Talent: Season 14 FINALISTS)

NDLOVU Youth Choir traveled from South Africa to audition for AGT: Season 14. This choir moved me and millions of fans with their powerful performances, including “African Dream,” “Higher Love,” and “Africa.” While three choirs compete on AGT: All-Stars, NDLOVU’s vocal harmonies and showmanship make them stand out as potential winners. 

Peter Antoniou (Mentalist; America’s Got Talent: Season 16 SEMIFINALIST) 

Peter Antoniou became one of my favorite acts when he magically found Sofia Vergara’s engagement ring during the Season 16 Judges Auditions. His quarterfinals and semifinals performances were excellent, and I thoroughly believed he was robbed of a spot in the finale. I am looking forward to seeing Peter compete once again. 

Terry Fator (Ventriloquist; America’s Got Talent: Season Two WINNER) 

It has been 15 years since Terry Fator auditioned and won America’s Got Talent’s sophomore season. He has become the Got Talent franchise’s gold standard and one of the Las Vegas Strip’s most valuable entertainers. I am very grateful that we get to see Terry perform on AGT: All-Stars

Tom Ball (Singer; Britain’s Got Talent: Series 15 THIRD PLACE FINALIST) 

Singer Tom Ball’s powerful vocals stole Britain’s Got Talent’s fifteenth-anniversary series. His great covers of “Writing’s on the Wall” and “I Who Have Nothing” sent him to the series’ Top Three. Tom is a formidable vocalist, and I look forward to how he will shake up the music category. 

World Taekwondo Demonstration Team (Marital Arts Group; America’s Got Talent: Season 16 FINALISTS; Terry Crews’ Golden Buzzer) 

The World Taekwondo Demonstration Team concludes this list! The martial artists blew everyone away with high-octane routines that featured countless wood-breaking, high kicks, and dangerous stunts. I hope they have the chance to shine because World Taekwondo Demonstration Team could win AGT: All-Stars. 

Copyright 2020 Jacob Elyachar