Uganda's Ghetto Kids eye over Sh40m prize on America’s Got Talent show

Ghetto Kids on America’s Got Talent.

Ghetto Kids on America’s Got Talent.

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What you need to know:

  • The Golden Buzzer has the power to directly send a participant to the finale. Each week, 10 AGT alums take the main stage, with five advancing to the next round based on audience votes.  

After finishing sixth on Britain's Got Talent last year, Uganda's Triplets Ghetto Kids made their debut on America's Got Talent; Fantasy League on Monday night.

Selected from a pool of 40 global acts for this new series, they are competing for the grand prize of over $250,000 (Sh40 million). 

The talented Ugandan dancers wowed the audience and the judges with their captivating performance at Red Studios Los Angeles.

According to judge Simon Cowell, their performance was brilliant.

“I am just [going to] say what I think everybody in the audience is thinking, which is you are just brilliant. Seriously brilliant. So talented, you worked so hard for this, winning is important to you thanks for coming all this way. It means a lot,” Mr Cowell said.

Another judge, Howie Mandel, admitted to being a long-time fan and praised the dancers for always putting a smile on people's faces.

“Before tonight, I am a huge fan and I have been following you guys for a long time on social media. You always put a smile on my face and everybody’s face and I think at this time in our lives, nothing is more important than putting a smile on anybody’s face,” he said. Heidi Klum said they were adorable.

A song called "Cheza"

The Triplets Ghetto Kids kicked off their performance with a song called "Cheza", featuring dance moves that were met with applause and cheers.

Hosted by Terry Crews, the America's Got Talent spin-off will be judged by Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and Mel B. In a unique twist, the judges will form teams from a pool of former contestants and mentor them throughout the competition.

For the first time in the franchise's history, the judges will not only compete against each other but also have the opportunity to steal their favourite acts from other teams.

In particular, the Golden Buzzer has the power to send a contestant straight through to the final. Each week, 10 AGT alumni take to the main stage, with five advancing to the next round based on audience votes. 

The competition promises excitement and a fresh dynamic, adding an extra layer of strategy as the judges try to build their dream teams and ensure their chosen acts have a path to victory.