“It was terrific and it was really fascinating to see people who’ve competed on the American show and done really well, competing with people who won the show in other countries,” Cowell exclusively tells PEOPLE. “The dynamic was fascinating … and what really was great and cool about the show was that so many people decided to come back and compete.”
Much like the original series, 八: All-Stars — which will be hosted by 八 emcee Terry Crews — will see dozens of variety acts compete for the winning title. 然而, this show is different in that it will feature 60 的 Got Talent franchise’s past winners, finalists, fan-favorite acts and viral sensations as they compete to be the best of the All-Stars.
PEOPLE can exclusively reveal the 60 acts, which include aerialist Aidan Bryant (八 季节 16 亚军), magician Aidan McCann (Britain’s Got Talent 2020), aerialist Alan Silva (八 季节 15), ventriloquist Ana Maria Mărgean (Romania’s Got Talent 优胜者 2021), poet Aneeshwar Kunchala (BGT 2022), singer Archie Williams (八 季节 15), musician Avery Dixon (八 季节 17), comedian Axel Blake (BGT 优胜者 2022), hand balancing group Bello Sisters (八 季节 15), a Capella group Berywam (八 季节 14), extreme variety act Bir Khalsa (八 季节 14), poet Brandon Leake (八 季节 15 优胜者), extreme variety act Brett Loudermilk (八 季节 15) and singer Caly Bevier (八 季节 11).
Also competing is extreme variety act Captain Ruin (Australia’s Got Talent 2019), singer Cristina Rae (八 季节 15), dance group Dance Town Family (八 季节 15), singer Daneliya Tuleshova (八 季节 15), dancer Darius Mabda (Romania’s Got Talent 优胜者 2022), choir Detroit Youth Choir (八 季节 14), music act Divyansh and Manuraj (India’s Got Talent 优胜者 2022), magician Dustin Tavella (八 季节 16 优胜者), variety act Dustin’s Dojo (八 季节 9), music act Emil and Dariel (八 季节 9), magician Eric Chien (Asia’s Got Talent 优胜者 2019 和 八 季节 14), rapper Flau’jae (八 季节 13), variety act Human Fountains (八 季节 13), comedian Jackie Fabulous (八 季节 14), ventriloquist Jamie Leahey (BGT 2022), magician Jasper Cherry (BGT 2021), singer Jeanick Fournier (Canada’s Got Talent 优胜者 2022), singer Jimmie Herrod (八 季节 16) and comedian Josh Blue (八 季节 16).
Magician Keiichi Iwasaki (BGT 2022), singer Keren Montero (Dominicana’s Got Talent 优胜者 2021), singer Kodi Lee (八 季节 14 优胜者), dance group Light Balance Kids (八 季节 14), magician Lioz (Australia’s Got Talent 2020 和 八 季节 10), animal act Lukas and Falco (Das Supertalent winner and 八 季节 14), dance group Malevo (八 季节 11), singer Mandy Harvey (八 季节 12 Golden Buzzer), magician Mervant Vera (八 季节 17), comedian Mike E. Winfield (八 季节 17), dance group Mini Droids (Belgium’s Got Talent 优胜者 2021), choir Ndlovu Youth Choir (八 季节 14), mentalist Peter Antoniou (八 季节 16), singer Peter Rosalita (八 季节 16), aerialists Power Duo (Philippine’s Got Talent 优胜者 2016), singer Robert Finley (八 季节 14), and magician Sacred Riana (Asia’s Got Talent winner and 八 季节 13) will also be competing for the title this season.
Rounding out the list of acts is singer Sara James (八 季节 17 and Cowell’s Golden Buzzer), variety act Sethward (八 季节 15-17), ventriloquist Terry Fator (八 季节 2 优胜者), singer Tom Ball (BGT 2022), singer Tone the Chief (八 季节 8), ballerina Vitoria Bueno (Das Supertalent 2021), aerialist Vivianna Rossi (八 季节 17), choir Voices of Hope Children’s Choir (八 季节 13), variety act World Taekwondo (八 季节 16) and variety act Yumbo Dump (Asia’s Got Talent 和 八 季节 13).
Each week, 10 acts will perform for the judges for a chance to earn one of five coveted Golden Buzzers and move onto the finals. Fans will also get to vote for one additional act per episode to continue onto the finals. 从那里, 这 11 finalists will perform again, before the fans vote for a winner, which will be revealed in a two-hour star-studded finale.
“We were reunited with so many great people, and then met so many great people, and there were a lot of surprises on the show as well,” Cowell says. “我真的, really enjoyed it.”
When it came to selecting the acts, Cowell says he “kept out of it deliberately” to stay true to the audition process.
“One of the things I said was, ‘If you can’t get the big names, there’s no point in making the show,'” 他回忆说. “And when they told me a couple of the names, 我想, ‘This is gonna be brilliant.'”
One of those names included 八 季节 2 优胜者, ventriloquist Terry Fator. “There’s no question, he is the most successful contestant we’ve ever had,” Cowell says. “He’s had three Vegas deals … worth about a hundred million. So the fact that he would come back and compete, I mean I was thinking, ‘Why would you do that?'”
“He just said, '看, the show gave me a break. I love the idea of this competition and of course, I wanna compete again.’ 他做到了. That says a lot about him,” he adds of Fator, 57.
Other acts Cowell was particularly excited to see perform again? “Kodi Lee, Sarah James … Detroit Youth Choir came back and they were amazing, absolutely amazing,” 他说. “Avery Dixon competed again, who has just got better and better. We just had brilliant people.”
Cowell was also impressed by the acts from other countries, WHO 八 viewers likely haven’t had a chance to see yet.
“It was absolutely fascinating … I was interested in their stories, why they wanted to do well on this show,” 他说. “There was a real sense of competition.”
拥有超过 20 Got Talent seasons under his belt and no end in sight, Cowell credits the series’ success to the constant inspiration from its competitors.
“From where we’ve started to where we are now, the quality of the acts is, at times, honestly breathtaking, and just to see how they’ve progressed. I think they’re very inspirational,” 他说. “And I think everyone needs that right now.”
“These are not professional acts … they’ve just got a talent, they’ve got a dream. And just seeing that, I think it makes you feel great,” 他继续. “Their stories are a big part of the show.”
The inspiration is also what keeps Cowell coming back year after year.
“We’ve met the most incredible people along the way and that’s a big reason of why I love doing this show,” 他指出. “That is what keeps me on the show. I love that part of it. I love that first audition when you see someone’s true talent and you go, '是的, this is a moment.'”
“And when you see them out in the real world, doing well off the back of one of your shows, it’s the best feeling in the world,” 他补充说. “That’s why you go into the show every year with that feeling of anticipation, going that we could find that person again. And that’s a great feeling.”
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