Coming up on Monday, December 17 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern time, NBC will be bringing you some America’s Got Talent holiday cheer. The network is bringing you a holiday special entitled America’s Got Talent: Holiday of Champions, which really just seems to be a precursor to the spin-off show America’s Got Talent: The Champions coming in the new year. This will be effectively a chance to see some of the best acts across multiple seasons of the show all competing for a grand prize. For this particular special, though, it seems to be more about just offering up some holiday cheer.
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In the video below, you get a chance (via TVLine) to see some of this courtesy of magician and former contestant / NFL player Jon Dorenbos. He decides to pay a visit to his old Philadelphia Eagles locker room and while there, show some former teammates a rather-impressive card trick. What we love about Jon is that he’s such a unique story and an interesting guy — he’s basically bringing a craft and something totally new to a group of people who have never actually seen something like it before. Dorenbos retired from football not that long ago after a health scare, but the good news that comes with this is that he can really focus full-time now on being a magician and hone this craft. That’s great for him since we think that there is a market and an audience for him among people who would not typically pay to see a magic show.
So who else is appearing on this Holiday of Champions special beyond Dorenbos? Think along the lines of AcroArmy, Terry Fator, Jon Dorenbos, The Regurgitator, Sons of Serendip, The Silhouettes, Sal Valentenetti, The Clairvoyants, Pentatonix, Piff the Magic Dragon, Penn and Teller and Mat Franco. (Pentatonix is actually famous for a different reality show in The Sing-Off, but we do get the logic in going ahead and including them here. Obviously, Penn and Teller are not talent-show alum in any capacity.) The majority of the former contestants listed here are competing in the Champions spin-off with a couple of exceptions. Fator, for example, already has a show in Las Vegas that allows him to be rolling in cash.
AGT: The Champions host Terry Crews is actually serving as the host for this special, so look at this as a chance to try out the format of this before the spin-off show actually does premiere next month.
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