These Are Some of the Most Inspirational Stories of AGT Contestants

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Written by Tim Grable

May 21, 2018

Throughout the 12 years of airing on television, America’s Got Talent introduced viewers not only to great talent, but also some of the most inspirational stories ever.

What most of these contestants with unbelievable stories have in common is their dedication to their talent and incredible determination to push forward in circumstances which many of us can’t even imagine.

So that makes them truly inspirational.

So, if you want to learn more about three of the most inspirational stories of AGT contestants, keep on reading.

These Are Some of the Most Inspirational Stories of AGT Contestants

1. Singer Christian Guardino

“When I was growing up, most of my life was darkness, and I felt left out not being able to do the things that most of the kids were able to do,” this is how Christian Guardino often starts his story.

You see, growing up, the talented 17-year-old semifinalist who dazzled everyone with his incredible voice on season 12 of America’s Got Talent, was faced with a terrifying reality.

When he was only 6-months old, doctors told Christian’s parents that he would go completely blind. In the difficult times that followed, Christian found his escape in music and discovered he had a tremendous passion for this.

Time went by, and a few years ago, the teenage boy took part in groundbreaking experimental gene therapy which restored his sight. None of this was easy for Christian, but it all added up to him being the kind of forceful individual who can take over one of the biggest stages in television with confidence.

His triumph, the way he stayed true to himself and how he came into his own has the power to inspire people not to hold back from their dreams and never lose hope.

Watch Christian’s stunning audition performance which earned a Golden Buzzer from Howie Mandel in the video below:

America's Got Talent 2017 Christian Guardino Just the Intro and Judges' Comments S12E03

2. Singer Alicia Michilli

Alicia Michilli had started gravitating towards music when she was just a little girl.  However, although she’s loved singing for as long as she can remember, she never enjoyed being the center of attention.

In fact, as she’s often said backstage at America’s Got Talent (season 10), being on stage and knowing that everyone is watching her every move causes her tremendous anxiety.

However, what makes her story so inspiring is her willingness to step outside her comfort zone so that she can share with others her incredible gift for singing.

Her story is one of taking chances. It’s a story of being willing to feel vulnerable to step into the light of who you are and let go of fears to follow your dreams.

Watch Alicia break out of her shell and wow the audience with her soulful rendition of an Etta James classic for her AGT audition:


Alicia Michilli: Shy Girl Sings "I'd Rather Go Blind" by Etta James - America's Got Talent 2015

3. Contortionist Sofie Dossi

Believe it or not, contortionist Sofie Dossie discovered her interest in this performing art by watching a YouTube video of contortion. It was love at first sight, but the incredible part comes after this.

The then 12-year-old she started diving deeper into this exciting new world of contortion which she had discovered. Using YouTube videos as her teacher, Sofie began practicing at home, advancing her skills day-by-day.

Sofie already had a great foundation of strength and flexibility which she acquired as a competitive gymnast and dancer.  However, to say that her quest towards becoming a contortionist and hand balancer aerialist was easy would mean minimizing her effort and the ensuing triumphs.

Why did we choose to add her story to the list of most inspirational stories from AGT?

It’s because Sofie’s incredible discipline and determination is something which can inspire people to work hard to achieve the goal they aspire to – and feel unstoppable doing it.

In the video below, you can watch the highlights of Sofie Dossie’s journey on America’s Got Talent, season 11, a journey which took her all the way to the finals of the show:


Sofie Dossi Auditions & Performances America's Got Talent 2016 Finalist

The Most Inspirational Stories Are the Ones That Will Motivate Your Guests

Entertainment-wise, any one of the incredible artists and performs in this article would be an excellent addition to any event.

But the value they provide goes well beyond that. The stories behind their acts carry essential life messages which we all stand to benefit from learning or be reminded of.

If you want to treat guests to a memorable, powerful experience, then consider booking one of the acts mentioned here. Or browse through our extensive selection to get new ideas.

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