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Deuntay Diggs
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Age (at audition) 31
Sex Male
Act Dancer
Seasons 12
Position Reached None

Deuntay Diggs was a dancer act from Season 12 of America's Got Talent. He was eliminated in the audition round.

Background

Deuntay Diggs was born in 1985 in Wicomico, Maryland. He is the eldest of three children, and the first to attend college in his family despite the odds being stacked against him. As a child, he endured years of physical, sexual, and mental abuse, bouts of starvation and homelessness, and attempted to take his own life. Despite all of the trials and tribulations Deuntay experienced, he refused to give up and wouldn’t allow himself to accept this dismal reality. In 1999 his mother gave him away to a family who would give him the opportunity to be successful. In 2003 Deuntay successfully completed high school despite his lack of a solid academic foundation.

Deuntay went on to attend Virginia Military Institute (VMI) where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history with a concentration in Middle Eastern studies. During his freshman year at VMI, Deuntay began to come to terms with his sexuality. Even though he knew there were dire consequences for coming out, Deuntay knew honesty and integrity took priority in his life which meant he would have to divulge his sexual orientation. He focused on setting an example and being a resource in all areas in which he excelled so people would respect his work ethic and his ability to accomplish the mission rather than focus on his sexuality or race. Deuntay was the first openly gay cadet at VMI and was a mentor for other cadets coming to terms with their sexuality.

After graduating, Deuntay went on to mentor at-risk youth and become a motivational speaker for Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) issues. While mentoring, he started a career in law enforcement in 2008 at the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office. Even though Deuntay is the first openly gay deputy within the sheriff’s office, he has led an accomplished career with the support of those he supervises, his peers, and his supervisors. Deuntay is currently a 2nd Lieutenant assigned to the Patrol Division as a watch commander. He is the Coordinator of the Sheriff's Office Honor Guard, and he also represents the agency by singing at both local and national events. He is a Hostage Negotiation Team member, Command Bus Coordinator, and a Crisis Intervention Team member. He is also a General Instructor, a Fair an Impartial Policing Instructor, and a Cultural Diversity Instructor, and an instructor for the Rape, Aggression, and Defense (RAD) course through the Stafford County Sheriff's Office. [1]

Audition

Deuntay Diggs' audition in Episode 1205 consisted of dancing to Demi Lovato's "Confident". Howie Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum, and Simon Cowell all buzzed the act. All four judges voted "No", eliminating Deuntay from the competition.

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