BAD Salsa

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Information
Age (at audition) 15, 20
Sex Mixed
Act Salsa Duo
Seasons 15
Position Reached Finalist

BAD Salsa was a salsa duo act from Season 15 of America's Got Talent.  They finished in the Bottom 5 of the Top 10.

Background

BAD (Bivash Academy of Dance) Salsa members Sonali Majumder and Sumanth Maroju are the winners of India's Got Talent Season 4. Under the direction and mentorship of Bivash Chowdhury, the creator of the brand BAD Salsa, Sonali and Sumanth have participated in more than 1,000 national and international events worldwide, receiving recognition and earning several awards in the world of dance. Coming from humble beginnings in small towns in India, Sonali and Sumanth are excited and honored to have made it to the Live Shows of America's Got Talent. With their spine-chilling lifts and fast-paced moves fused with the flair of the beautiful culture of India, BAD Salsa promises to show some innovative and unique creations that the world has never seen before!

Audition

BAD Salsa's audition in Episode 1501 consisted of performing a fast paced salsa dance routine.  Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, Sofia Vergara, and Simon Cowell all voted "Yes," sending Bad Salsa to the Judge Cuts.

Judge Cuts

BAD Salsa automatically advanced to the Quarterfinals without performing in Episode 1508.

Quarterfinals

BAD Salsa's Quarterfinals performance in Episode 1511 consisted of performing a salsa dance routine with a Bollywood influence. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they had to perform remotely from India. Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, Sofia Vergara, and guest judge Kenan Thompson all gave them standing ovations.  The duo received enough votes to advance to the Semifinals in Episode 1512 instead of Vincent Marcus.

Semifinals

BAD Salsa's Semifinals performance in Episode 1519 consisted of performing a salsa dance routine with acrobatic elements to "Top Lesi Poddi" by Sagar. Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Sofia Vergara all gave them standing ovations.  The duo finished in 4th, 5th or 6th place in America's Vote.  In the Dunkin' Save, they received fewer online votes than Kenadi Dodds.  In the Judges' Choice, Sofia Vergara and Howie Mandel unanimously voted for them, advancing to the Finals in Episode 1520 instead of Max Major (Heidi Klum's vote was not needed)

Finals

BAD Salsa's Finals performance in Episode 1521 consisted of performing a fast-moving acrobatic salsa dance routine to Bollywood music. Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Sofia Vergara all gave them standing ovations.

Finale

For the finale in Episode 1522, BAD Salsa performed a dance routine with V.Unbeatable.  They did not receive enough votes to enter the Top 5, eliminating them from the competition instead of Broken Roots.

Trivia

  • They are the first participant of an AGT: The Champions spin-off to audition on AGT.
  • They had received a standing ovation from every judge in all of their performances
  • They are the second consecutive dance act from India to reach the final, following V.Unbeatable.
  • They were the only act in the Season 15 live shows to be unanimously voted through in the Judges' Choice.
  • Though they did their Quarterfinals and Semifinals performances via satellite from India, they were able to make the trip to Los Angeles to perform live in the Finals.

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