The Qualifiers 3 episode of “America’s Got Talent” aired Tuesday, August 23 on NBC with 11 acts live on the big stage. One of these acts was Celia Munoz, a 36-year-old singing ventriloquist from Madrid, Spain, who went viral with her previous audition. Celia is a trained opera singer who has only been practicing ventriloquism for a few years. Her gimmick is that she performs without a puppet and does all sorts of sound effects and voices instead. Watch the “AGT” video above, in which Celia paid tribute to the late Olivia Newton John.
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During her act, Celia attended a drive-in movie theater in which “Grease” was playing on the big screen. She drank coffee and ate popcorn while singing “Hopelessly Devoted To You” without moving her lips. It was a truly impressive performance and something that had never been seen before on the “America’s Got Talent” stage.
Celia discovered ventriloquism after watching YouTube videos of former “AGT” show-stoppers like Terry Fator and Darci Lynne Farmer. She recently sat down with Darci Lynne, one of the most successful “AGT” winners of all time, who told her she had to “take a risk” if she hoped to make it on the reality show. Do you think Celia’s “Grease” performance was good enough to qualify for the final?
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Here’s what the “AGT” judges had to say about Celia Munoz’s live performance:
Howie Mandel“Wow. Here on ‘America’s Got Talent,’ we love originality and you’re original. What you do is a cappella, isn’t it? An a cappella singer sings without musicians. You’re a ventriloquist a cappella – you do it without puppets. You also gave us a glimpse of what life would have been like if Olivia Newton-John had been born in Spain. But you are very original, you are adorable, you are very good and j I just loved it. You make me laugh.”
Heidi Klum: “First of all, I love the tribute to Olivia Newton-John. I love the way you set the scene and how you sucked us into your world and you make all the noise. I don’t I don’t know how you eat and do ventriloquism at the same time. It’s amazing. You have an amazing mind and I love your imagination. It’s very new and very different. Well done.”
Simon Cowell“I was laughing so much because so many people are used to seeing a ventriloquist with a dummy. They might have listened and said, “He’s just a very strange singer.” So I laughed a lot. But it was brilliant, it was unique, it was different. That’s why I think the public reacted the way it did. I think Celia, in my opinion, this might be the best act so far.
Sofia Vergara: “Celia, I think you’re so unique. I think your act is the kind of act you can only see on “AGT”. There’s something so different [about you]. I love that you’re a ventriloquist without a puppet.
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