If you think every act of ventriloquist is the same as the last, you haven’t met yet Celia Munoz. At the ‘America’s Got Talent’ season 17 premiere on May 31, this 36-year-old Spanish singer wowed the judges Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Sofia Vergara with his new vision of age-old talent. Instead of singing with puppets, her ventriloquism involves everyday objects like radios and cell phones. Watch the “AGT” performance video above.
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The Spanish ventriloquist is a trained opera singer who confessed she only discovered the art form ‘two years ago’ through videos of ‘AGT’ winners like Terry Fator (Season 2) and Darci Lynne Farmer (Season 12). “I continued to practice and perform in Spain and wanted to come to ‘AGT’ because it’s the perfect place for this art form,” she revealed, adding that she got goosebumps just thinking about the possibility of winning.
Simon remarked, “It’s fast. Normally people take about 20 years to learn how to do this, but you did it in two years. Simon wished her “good luck” and then she began the act, which included flipping through a radio while she spoke or sang in all the different voices. The concept of Celia’s act was to show how a ventriloquist prepares for labor, so of course we saw her flossing and brushing her teeth, applying lip gloss, and drinking water.
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The crowd went wild, especially when Celia was interrupted by a phone call in which she spoke in her own voice as well as the other person’s voice. “Yes, Sofia Vergara is here, she is here,” Celia told the imaginary caller, which made the Colombian-born judge laugh. The four panelists gave him an enthusiastic standing ovation at the end of the act.
“I don’t even know what to say, it was such a surprise,” Sofia said when the audience quieted down. “It was so unlike anything we’ve ever seen.” The other panelists agreed with Sofia, with Heidi calling it “refreshing”, Howie saying it was the “most original thing” and Simon noting how “most creative” ventriloquist act it was. of the 17 seasons. Celia easily sailed through to the Judge Cuts round, earning four ‘yes’ votes. But is she good enough to win? Stay tuned.