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It won’t exactly be on a par with Oscars nominations morning, but Monday will be one of the biggest December days in the history of the Academy Awards.

That’s because for the first time, the Academy isn’t systematically doling out the short lists of films that remain in contention. Instead, they’re dropping all the lists at once in a single press release that will trim the fields in Best Documentary Feature, Best Foreign Language Film, Best Original Song and six other categories.

One drop, nine categories, a total of 101 films that’ll get good news and far more that’ll be disappointed.

The strategy of dumping all the Oscars short lists at once has not been greeted with universal approval. For one thing, contenders in the different categories were used to having their individual moments in the spotlight. Music Branch voters, who are facing a pair of short lists for the first time, now have far less time to listen and decide than they used to. And pundits will need to whip up instant analysis in nine categories simultaneously.

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But that’s the new rule, and all the lists will be out on the afternoon of Monday, Dec. 17.

(By the way, we hear that the news will come out in the afternoon because the procrastinators on the Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee aren’t getting together until Monday morning to decide which three songs they’ll be adding to the six-film short list chosen by Oscars voters.)

Here’s the category-by-category breakdown of what will be coming on Monday.

Best Foreign Language Film
Number of films on the short list: 9

Three films seem guaranteed to land a spot: Mexico’s “Roma,” Poland’s “Cold War” and Lebanon’s “Capernaum.” Belgium’s “Girl” isn’t far behind, and voters reportedly adored Germany’s “Never Look Away.” Denmark’s “The Guilty” is a satisfying film that impressed voters, Sweden’s “Border” a twisted one that did the same.

The executive committee that adds three films to the shortlist may be hard-pressed not to take one or both of the two Asian standouts, South Korea’s “Burning” and Japan’s Palme d’Or winner “Shoplifters.” And watch out for the Paraguayan film, “The Heiresses,” which has strong support in both the general and executive committees.

Other possibilities include Iceland’s “Woman at War,” Norway’s “What Will People Say,” Colombia’s “Birds of Passage,” Hungary’s “Sunset” and Romania’s “I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians.”

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Best Documentary Feature
Number of films on the short list: 15

The four box-office hits that made this one of the best years ever for nonfiction filmmaking should all land on the list: “Free Solo,” “RBG,” “Three Identical Strangers” and the de facto frontrunner, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” (On the other hand, it’d be uncharacteristic of the Academy not to leave at least one of them off the final list of five nominees, and not entirely surprising if one of them doesn’t make the short list.)

Ever since the doc-branch rules were changed to do away with special screening committees in this category, voters have gravitated toward the films that have gotten the most buzz and received the most nominations for the IDA Awards, the Cinema Eye Honors and the like. That should mean that critical and awards favorites like “Minding the Gap,” “Hale County This Morning, This Evening,” “Crime + Punishment,” “Bisbee ’17,” “Dark Money,” “Of Fathers and Sons” and “Shirkers” will all be in contention. And watch out for the Spanish film “The Silence of Others,” a potential sleeper.

We also shouldn’t rule out documentary legend Frederick Wiseman for “Monrovia, Indiana,” or other well-received docs like “On Her Shoulders,” “The Bleeding Edge” and “United Skates.” On the showbiz doc front, movies like “Hal,” “Filmworker” and “Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blache” have a shot, as does the released-at-last Aretha Franklin movie “Amazing Grace” and the Quincy Jones doc “Quincy,” whose subject has been highly visible on the campaign circuit lately. And I refuse to abandon hope that voters will recognize Eugene Jarecki’s sharp Elvis-and-America meditation “The King.”

Finally, Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 11/9,” the followup to the top-grossing nonfiction film of all time, has been bypassed by nearly all the precursor awards and may well be left off of this one as well. But Moore could still find a way in — after all, he was the prime mover on the changes that led to the current method of picking the short list, and he’s still a strong voice in the doc world.

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Best Original Song
Number of songs on the short list: 15

The two music categories are introducing short lists for the first time ever, presumably in order to give all the members of the music branch to hear and consider the 15 semi-finalists before voting for nominations. But that means they have less time to consider all the contenders, which this year number more than 70 in the song category.

Yes, we know that “Shallow,” the one song entered from “A Star Is Born,” will make it. And probably at least one of the two songs entered from “Mary Poppins Returns.” The Music Branch’s taste for hip-hop might be tested by “All the Stars” from “Black Panther,” but why wouldn’t they want Kendrick Lamar at the Oscars?

They also have to consider songs from luminaries like Dolly Parton (“Girl in the Movies” from “Dumplin'”), Annie Lennox (“Requiem for a Private War” from “A Private War”), plus two competitive songs from movies about Ruth Bader Ginsburg: “I’ll Fight” from “RBG” (written by nine-time nominee Diane Warren) and “Here Comes the Change” from “On the Basis of Sex.” “Revelation” from “Boy Erased” has a real shot, as does “Gravity” from “Free Solo.” And if they want to get truly adventurous, how about the Coup’s “OYAHYTT” from “Sorry to Bother You,” or Thom Yorke’s “Suspirium” from “Suspiria”? (Would the Radiohead frontman show up at the Oscars?)

The branch is well known for taking care of its own, which can’t hurt past winner Carole Bayer Sager’s “Living in the Moment” from “Book Club.” They also tend to like songs that are performed onscreen — which, in addition to being one more reason “Shallow” will get in, could help the songs from “Hearts Beat Loud,” the quintessential but twisted Disney-princess anthem from “Ralph Breaks the Internet” or the fatalistic cowboy tune “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings” from “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.”

And then there are songs from Patti Smith and Robyn Hitchcock and Elton John and Arlissa and Quincy Jones and Post Malone and Kendra Smith and Aoife O’Donovan and Imagine Dragons and Sade and David Crosby … It’s a deep list, not a shallow one. (Sorry.)

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Best Original Score
Number of films on the short list: 15

As usual, more than 100 scores are in contention, with early awards singling out a group that includes “Black Panther,” “First Man,” “If Beale Street Could Talk,” “Isle of Dogs,” “Mary Poppins Returns,” “A Quiet Place,” “Mary Queen of Scots” and “Green Book.” Most and perhaps all of those should make the list, with other contenders including “BlacKkKlansman,” “Can You Ever Forgive Me?,” “On the Basis of Sex,” “The Hate U Give,” “Hereditary,” “Bad Times at the El Royale,” “Red Sparrow,” “The Predator” and “Solo: A Star Wars Story.”

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Number of films on the short list: No more than 7

This is a category that’ll likely have three nominees, and one known for nominating films that won’t show up in any other category. This year, that could mean a “Suspiria” appearance on the short list. “Black Panther” and “The Avengers: Infinity War” will certainly be in play — and since makeup designed to make actors look like other people is usually a mainstay in the category, look for “Vice” and “Stan & Ollie” to show up as well. “Mary Queen of Scots” could make the cut too. And will Rami Malek’s Freddie Mercury teeth from “Bohemian Rhapsody” be enough to land that film a spot?

If a foreign film gets in, as one sometimes does (“A Man Called Ove,” “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared”), it could be “Border,” which turned a couple of actors into trolls.

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Best Visual Effects
Number of films on the short list: 10

A committee from the Visual Effects Branch has already narrowed the field to 20 films, so now it’s just a matter of cutting that number in half. The elaborate visions of “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Black Panther,” “Ready Player One” and perhaps “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindewald” and “Solo: A Star Wars Story” are clearly contenders, with the subtler effects of “First Man” and the more retro charms of “Mary Poppins Returns” definitely in the mix as well.

Dark horses could include “Christopher Robin” and “Paddington 2” for their blend of live action and CG figures, and the stop-motion “Isle of Dogs,” which would be following in the footsteps of recent nominee “Kubo and the Two Strings.” Several late-breaking films have a shot as well, including “Aquaman,” “Bumblebee” and “Welcome to Marwen.”

Best Documentary Short
Number of films on the short list: 10

The shorts categories are hard to predict because most of the films haven’t been widely seen. But Academy volunteers have been watching them to compile the three lists, and it’s possible to pick up some buzz from festival screenings and awards campaigns.

Netflix has been a major player in doc shorts recently (it won its first Oscar for “The White Helmets”), and this year it has “Zion,” “Out of Many, One,” “End Game” and “Lessons From a School Shooting: Notes From Dunblane,” at least two of which should end up on the list. The New York Times Op-Docs series has “Dulce,” “Earthrise,” “We Became Fragments” and the wry and well-liked “My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes,” the only short nominated by both the IDA Awards and Cinema Eye Honors.

Other IDA and Cinema Eye nominees include “Black Sheep,” “Baby Brother,” “Concussion Protocol,” “Fear Us Women,” “Lifeboat,” “Los Comandos,” “Mosul,” “Sidelined,” “Skip Day,” “The Girl and the Picture,” “Volte” and “We Are Not Done Yet.” The DOC NYC short list also singled out “’63 Boycott,” “The Head & the Hand,” “RX Early Detection” and “Take Back the Harbor,” while “Lotte That Silhouette Girl” tells the story of a woman animation pioneer from the pre-Disney days and could be attractive to the Academy.

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Best Animated Short
Number of films on the short list: 10

The Annie Awards, the top prize given to animated films, singled out “Grandpa Walrus,” “Lost & Found,” “Solar Walk,” “Untravel” and “Weekends.” Pixar’s big short this year is “Bao,” and Pixar’s big short usually gets nominated. DreamWorks Animation, which has less consistent success in the category, is represented by “Bilby” and “Bird Karma.”

Other possibilities include “La Noria,” “Animal Behavior,” “Crow: The Legend” and “Age of Sail,” a Google Spotlight VR short made by John Kahrs, who won an Oscar for “Paperman.” “Raccoon and the Light,” “Daisy,” “The Green Bird” and “Re-Gifted” qualified by winning Student Academy Awards, while “The Driver Is Red” won the industry prize at theWrap’s ShortList Film Festival.

Best Live-Action Short
Number of films on the short list: 10

In a category where it’s almost impossible to get an overview of the field unless you’re a festival shorts programmer, standouts include “Fauve,” “Wren Boys,” “Skin” and “Bonbone,” as well as “Souls of Totality,” featuring Tatiana Maslany, and “Dear Chickens,” with Philip Baker Hall.

Timely films about the refugee crisis in Europe include “Bismillah” and “Magic Alps,” and Student Academy Award qualifiers are “Spring Flower,” “Lalo’s House,” “This Is Your Cuba,” “Get Ready With Me,” “Almost Everything” and “A Siege”; if history is any guide, at least one of them will make the list.

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Jake Gyllenhaal has signed on to star in a remake of the Danish thriller “The Guilty,” which the actor has acquired the rights to through his Nine Stories production banner along with Bold Films.

The original version, which won the world audience award at Sundance this year and is Denmark’s entry for this year’s Best Foreign Language Oscar, follows a cop with a dark past who has been suspended and relegated to a desk job. One night, he receives a call from a terrified woman, and he must conquer his inner demons to save her.

Gyllenhaal will also produce alongside Nine Stories co-founder Riva Marker, with Michel Litvak, Gary Michael Walters, David Litvak and Svetlana Metkina also producing for Bold Films, which is financing.The original film’s co-writer/director Gustav Möller and producer Lina Flint will serve as executive producers.

“We saw THE GUILTY at Sundance and were blown away. Möller’s film masterfully weaves tension into an acute character study, and is exactly the kind of material that Nine Stories is excited to develop. We are honored to be able to adapt it for American audiences alongside
Bold Films,” Gyllenhaal and Marker said in a statement.

Gyllenhaal will next be seen in the Dan Gilroy film “Velvet Buzzsaw,” which will premiere at Sundance and be released on Netflix next year. He will also star as the villain Mysterio in “Spider-Man: Far From Home” next July.

Gyllenhaal and Nine Stories are represented by WME and Bloom Hergott. Möller and Flint are represented by WME. The rights acquisition was first reported by Variety.

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WARNING: Contains major spoilers for “The Favourite” Do not read unless you’ve seen the movie.

Historical accuracy isn’t exactly what Yorgos Lanthimos is going for in his latest film, “The Favourite.” Much like Armando Iannucci’s “The Death of Stalin,” Lanthimos is bending the facts of his period piece in the service of a gripping narrative with a dark moral… namely the corrupting nature of power.

But while the details of the rivalry between Sarah Churchill and Abigail Masham for the affections of Queen Anne — like Sarah being poisoned — might have been creative license by Lanthimos and screenwriters Tony McNamara and Deborah Davis, the subject of whether Queen Anne had a secret romance with either of those two women was one that influenced her reign.

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According to the biography “Queen Anne: The Politics of Passion” by Anne Somerset, the Queen, contrary to the portrayal of her in “The Favourite,” was a reserved, almost stoic figure even as she became physically frail in her old age. While those displeased with her in court might have agreed with Lanthimos’ take on her as a timid monarch afraid of rocking the boat and choosing a side between the Whigs and Tories in Parliament, historians tend to view her unwillingness to commit to one side as a refusal to allow anyone to sway her decisions.

But that didn’t stop Sarah Churchill. Somerset and other historians agree that the Duchess had a very deep and personal relationship with Queen Anne, and that she tried to use that relationship for political ends, as seen in “The Favourite.” Somerset describes Sarah as someone who was able to influence Anne in a way almost no one else could. Whether or not that relationship — and the Queen’s later relationship with Abigail — was romantic is something that isn’t made clear in Anne’s letters, and was the subject of court gossip.

Somerset writes in her book that homosexuality was, of course, frowned upon in 18th century England, but was usually seen as something practiced in more sinful countries like France, where “young ladies are that way debauched in their nunnery education.” On the other hand, impassioned, seemingly romantic letters like the ones shared between Sarah and Anne were simply seen among the English patriarchy as the sort of emotional interactions women shared with each other. So it would be possible for women to hide their romance in plain sight… unless you were the Queen of England.

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In Anne’s case, she was the target of rumors spread by those displeased with her decisions that she was swayed easily by her “favourites,” and that she was emotionally and even sexually dependent on them. As Abigail Masham began to rise in Anne’s favor, Sarah tried to regain her former position by threatening to fan the flames of those rumors.

Yes, the scene in “The Favourite” where Sarah blackmails Anne with the threat of publishing her personal letters really did happen. Somerset, who believes that Anne and Sarah’s relationship wasn’t sexual, also notes that Sarah spread rumors that Anne and Abigail were sharing a bed.

When Anne heard that these rumors were going around, Sarah wrote a letter to her suggesting that she quash the rumors by kicking Abigail out of court. As in the movie, this ended up backfiring, as Anne sent Sarah packing, accusing her of “saying shocking things” about her both in their personal exchanges and to the gossipmongers at court.

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Whether her repulsion at these “shocking things” was out of a fear of being outed as a lesbian or because she was truly repulsed at such false accusations is open to interpretation. Somerset sided with the latter view, noting that Anne cared deeply for her husband, Prince George of Denmark — whom isn’t in “The Favourite” at all — and that Anne herself viewed homosexuality as a “disgusting vice.”

But whether or not Queen Anne really was caught in a heated lesbian love triangle, history shows that the core theme of “The Favourite” still rings true: Truth can easily be twisted and weaponized by those who seek power, and those who are disgruntled with the way of government can be open to having their political defeats be explained by salacious rumors and character smears.

But as the Sarah Churchill of real life and the Abigail Masham played by Emma Stone in “The Favourite” learned, there is such a thing as too much deception. Try to work your lies and manipulations at the wrong time or in the wrong way to the wrong person, and you could be branded as someone who is never to be trusted again.

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Director Gustav Möller’s first feature film, “The Guilty,” is a thriller that takes place entirely in one room, as a police dispatcher tries to deal with a panicked call from a kidnapped woman while never leaving his desk.

The film is Norway’s entry in this year’s Oscar foreign-language race, and this is one of a series of interviews with directors of the foreign contenders.

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You’d just come out of film school, you were making your first feature and you chose an idea where the concept gave you big limitations as a filmmaker. Was there any sense that maybe you should have started with something simpler?
GUSTAV MOLLER: 
I don’t think I would want to spend two or three years on something simpler. Then I would get bored. I like a film to be a challenge or an unanswered question. And with this film the question was, “Can we pull this off? Will this work?”

Suspense is the main tool in this film. And I think it’s always hard to make suspense work for a full 90 minutes. Looking at it from the outside, it’s clearer that a one-location film poses that difficulty, but I think it’s always a challenge.

The film was inspired by a real 911 call, wasn’t it?
The call was a clip I found on YouTube. In a way, it was similar to the one in the film: a kidnapped woman calling 911, sitting next to her abductor and speaking in code to the operator. It was a 20-minute call, and I was hooked. It was fascinating to me that a phone call could be that exciting. And after I listened to the call, I really had a sensation of having seen this woman and the car she was riding in.

And the big kicker was the fact that you and me, listening to this call, would see two different women in two different cars on two different highways. That was the starting point, to make a film that would play out in a different way for everyone watching it.

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If you’re restricted to a single location for the entire film, how do you keep things interesting visually?
We shot the whole film in chronological order, ranging from 5-to-35-minute takes. And we shot the whole thing with three cameras, because I wanted a real-time sense in the acting. If we had a good five minutes of acting, I wanted to be covered.

And from there, me and my DP broke down the script into eight parts, so we would shoot the film in eight takes. And we would look at where the main character was mentally. At the start of the film, he was more distant and in control, so we shot it with long lenses, a static camera. And as he gets more involved we start using Steadicam, we start using hand-held. It was always important for us to have the main character’s psychology determine how we should shoot the film.

To read more of theWrap’s Foreign Language issue, click here.

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This special installment of the NBC competition series will feature its usual judges, Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel — as well as new host, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star Terry Crews.

Premiering on Jan. 7, “AGT: Champions” brings together former winners, finalists and impossible-to-forget acts from “AGT” seasons past, and other “Got Talent” franchises from around the world, to compete for the ultimate title of World Champion.

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Below is a list of 25 of the 50 acts who will compete on “America’s Got Talent: The Champions.”

Darci Lynne Farmer – Ventriloquist – America’s Got Talent 2017 – Winner

At 12 years old, Darci won season 12 of “America’s Got Talent.” Following her big win, the Oklahoma native has been featured on NBC’s “Little Big Shots,” Food Network’s “Kids Baking Championship,” “Ellen” and “Today.” Her first Christmas special, “Darci Lynne: My Hometown Christmas,” will air on NBC in December.

Paul Potts – Opera Singer – Britain’s Got Talent 2007 – Winner

This tenor fell in love with opera at age 16, which would eventually lead to him performing on, and winning, the first season of “Britain’s Got Talent” in 2007. His debut album, “One Chance,” topped the charts in 13 countries (including the UK) and his story inspired the Hollywood film of the same name, starring James Corden.

Shin Lim – Magician – America’s Got Talent 2018 – Winner

Shin Lim is the Season 13 winner of “America’s Got Talent.” Combining dexterity, precision and grace, he has distilled a lifetime of training into a devious display of dancing digits. His mind-blowing finger moves are so masterful that the audience is left to wonder if what their eyes have seen is truly possible. Shin is currently the reigning world FISM champion for close-up magic.

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Kseniya Simonova – Sand Artist – Ukraine’s Got Talent 2009- Winner

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DJ Arch Jnr – “Kid DJ” – South Africa’s Got Talent 2015 – Winner

Oratilwe AJ Hlongwane (6 years old) popularly known as DJ Arch Jnr, is a Johannesburg born young talent from South Africa. He won South “Africa’s Got Talent” in 2015 and became the youngest “Got Talent” winner ever at 3 years old. DJ Arch Jnr has secured many high-profile opportunities and was named the World’s Youngest Club DJ by the Guinness World Records.

Paul Zerdin – Ventriloquist – America’s Got Talent 2015 – Winner

Paul Zerdin is a British comedian and ventriloquist from London. He was the winner of the 10th season of America’s Got Talent. He had his own headline show, “Paul Zerdin – Mouthing Off,” at the Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. Since then, he has been touring globally and has a TV special coming soon.

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Attraction – Shadow Dance Group – Britain’s Got Talent 2013 – Winner

Attraction won “Britain’s Got Talent” season 7 in 2013 and went on to win the Facebook BGT World Cup Champion 2018 trophy as the best performance of all 12 series of “Britain’s Got Talent.”

Justice Crew – Dance/Singing Group – Australia’s Got Talent 2010 – Winner

Justice Crew is an Australian singing-dancing crew made up of John Pearce, Len Pearce, Lukas Bellesini, Samson Smith, Paulie Merciadez and Solo Tohi. In 2010, Justice Crew were the winners of “Australia’s Got Talent” and launched an extraordinary recording career becoming ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) multiplatinum selling artists.

Moonlight Brothers – Dancing Brothers – Denmark’s Got Talent 2018 – Winner

Moonlight Brothers are a dance duo full of acrobatic moves from Denmark who took the competition by storm winning “Denmark’s Got Talent” this year.

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Susan Boyle – Singer – Britain’s Got Talent 2009 – Runner-Up

In 2009, Susan Boyle stepped onto the “Britain’s Got Talent” stage and won second place in the competition. Susan has gone on to make eight studio albums, as well as earning two Grammy Award nominations, three Guinness World Records, #1 albums in 40 plus countries, and 128 platinum and gold album certifications.

Piff the Magic Dragon – Comedian/Magician – America’s Got Talent 2015 – Finalist

After earning national acclaim as the standout star of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and “Penn & Teller: Fool Us,” Piff the Magic Dragon performs nightly to sold-out rooms at his residency at the world-famous Flamingo Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas in the newly renamed Piff the Magic Dragon Theatre.

Sofie Dossi – Contortionist/Hand Balancing – America’s Got Talent 2016 – Finalist

Sofie Dossi is a contortionist who is globally renowned for being a finalist and Golden Buzzer recipient on Season 11 of “America’s Got Talent.” Following her time on the show, Sofie launched her YouTube channel where she has amassed over 3 million subscribers. Sports Illustrated endowed Sofie with the title of “Halftime Performer of the Year” in 2017.

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Kechi – Singer – America’s Got Talent 2017 – Finalist

Kechi is a 28-year-old Nigerian-born woman currently living in Houston. Kechi found her true voice after surviving an accident – a plane crash that took the lives of 107 of 109 passengers in Nigeria in 2005. Kechi was a top 10 finalist on “America’s Got Talent” Season 12 and since then has released her first single, “Don’t You Dare” on iTunes and Spotify. She has become an ambassador for the burn hospital that first treated her here in the States.

Issy Simpson – Kid Magician – Britain’s Got Talent 2017 – Runner-Up

At just 10 years old, Issy Simpson has been hailed as one of the most unique magicians in the world after she captured the hearts of the public on the last season of “Britain’s Got Talent.” Since then, she has headlined at the world’s largest magic convention and been given a prestigious award at the world famous Magic Circle. Issy also made her U.S. primetime TV debut on NBC’s “Little Big Shots.”

Light Balance – LED Dance Group – America’s Got Talent 2017 – Finalist

Light Balance is high-tech neon and LED dance troupe from Ukraine. They finished in third place in season 12 of “AGT.” For their first audition, they received the Golden Buzzer from Tyra Banks. Light Balance is currently working on a full-time show and national tour.

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Prince Poppycock – Opera Singer – America’s Got Talent 2010 – Finalist

John Andrew Quale is best known as Prince Poppycock and was a finalist on America’s Got Talent in 2010. John recently originated the role of Albert Maysles in the original parody musical ‘Gaga Gardens’, and before that was nominated for an LA Ovation award in his turn as The Snow Queen.

DDF Crew – Jump Ropers – Holland’s Got Talent 2012 – Winner/Belgium’s Got Talent 2016 – Finalist

The DDF Crew is a double dutch (or jump rope) crew from Belgium that participated in “Holland’s Got Talent” in 2012. The group won the Golden Ticket at the auditions and went on to win the entire show. From that moment, DDF Crew has had the opportunity to perform all over the world, meeting amazing people and artists along the way.

The Texas Tenors – Opera Singers – America’s Got Talent 2009 – Finalist

Since appearing on the show in 2009, the Texas Tenors – JC, Marcus and John – have released four studio albums. Their most recent albums, “Rise” and “A Collection of Broadway and American Classics,” both debuted at #1 on the Billboard Classical Chart. The Texas Tenors are celebrating 10 years together with “10th Anniversary Tour.”

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Tom Cotter – Stand-up Comic – America’s Got Talent 2012 – Runner-Up

Comedian Tom Cotter has taken the comedy scene by storm since finishing as runner-up and becoming a breakout star from Season 7’s “America’s Got Talent.” You can find Tom headlining many of America’s most famous comedy clubs, including the Improv, Catch a Rising Star, the Gotham Comedy Club and Caroline’s on Broadway.

Taylor Williamson – Stand-up Comic – America’s Got Talent 2012 – Runner-Up

Taylor was the runner-up on Season 8 of “America’s Got Talent.” Since performing on the show, he has released a comedy album, “Laughter? I Hardly Know Her!” which reached No. 1 on the iTunes comedy charts. He also released his first comedy special, “Please Like Me,” which is available on Amazon Prime. When he’s not traveling around the world making sold-out crowds of strangers laugh/uncomfortable, Taylor is busy hosting “Taylor’s Talk Show” every month live in Los Angeles.

Tape Face – Comedic Mime – America’s Got Talent 2016 – Finalist

Hailing from Season 11 of “America’s Got Talent,” Tape Face has completed a sold-out 52 date tour of some of the UK’s most iconic venues and a regional U.S. tour. Now, Tape Face performs at his very own uniquely customized venue in conjunction with Harrah’s Las Vegas, which is called House of Tape.

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Billy & Emily England – Danger Roller Skaters – America’s Got Talent 2017 – Finalist

Billy & Emily England are a brother and sister duo who are originally from Birmingham, England, and now live in Las Vegas, Nevada. They competed in season 9 of Britain’s Got Talent and season 12 of America’s Got Talent. They are currently a star attraction in “Absinthe” Las Vegas.

Sara & Hero – Dog Act – America’s Got Talent 2017 – Finalist

After struggling with depression as a teen, Carson welcomed Hero into her world and the collie quickly turned her life around for the better. Since placing fifth on Season 12 of “America’s Got Talent,” Carson created the dog training app “Puppr.”

Deadly Games – Danger Knife Throwers – America’s Got Talent 2016 – Finalist

Deadly Games, also known as Alfredo & Anna Silva, was a knife-thrower duo act from Season 11 of “America’s Got Talent” that made it to the semifinals. Noteworthy TV appearances have included “The Late Late Show with James Corden” on CBS, “France’s Got Talent” (semifinalists), “Don Francisco Te Invita” on Telemundo and “Le Plus Grand Cabaret du Monde,” one of the most prestigious of all TV shows in Europe.

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Uzeyer Novruzov – Ladder Balancer – America’s Got Talent 2010 – Finalist

Uzeyer Novruzov, 42, hails from Azerbaijan and was a top 10 finalist in America’s Got Talent in 2015. In 2016, he did the Guinness World Record in Beijing China where he climbed a 20-foot ladder and stood on top of it for up to 8 minutes.

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