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Matthew Richardson

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Information
Age (at audition) 33
Sex Male
Act Aerialist and Cyr Wheel Acrobat
Seasons 14
Position Reached Quarterfinalist

Matthew Richardson was an aerialist and Cyr wheel acrobat act from Season 14 of America's Got Talent. He was eliminated in the Judge Cuts, but returned as a Wild Card for the Quarterfinals, where he was eliminated again.

Background

Matthew Richardson loves design. There is something very exciting to him about creating new ideas and artwork to make a brand more compelling. Born in Savannah Georgia, he has spent most of his life developing different creative outlets. Growing up he took piano lessons and gymnastics and participated in performing arts and other school activities. He attended the Savannah College of Art and Design, where he began his education in the field of advertising design. After his junior year at SCAD, he completed an internship for Cartoon Network which led to a freelance relationship with their creative department. After college he accepted an internship with Crispin Porter & Bogusky and shortly after was offered a Jr. Art Director position at Blue Sky Agency.

After a few short months at Blue Sky, he became increasingly involved as a primary designer for campaign pitches and his work was chosen for multiple existing clients. Within his first year at Blue Sky, he had succesfully sold designs for clients including the Atlanta Thrashers, the Atlanta Hawks, the Woodruff Arts Center, Turner Network Sales and Blue Sky Agency’s rebranding. After almost 5 years with Blue Sky, he moved to San Francisco to pursue a side career in performing arts. [1] Now he is also a cyr wheel performer that is dedicated to creating LGBTQ-based performance art to address social issues and hopefully inspire a kinder world. [2]

Audition

Matthew Richardson's audition in Episode 1406 consisted of performing a Cyr wheel acrobatic routine to Joseph William Morgan's cover of "Memory." Howie Mandel, Gabrielle Union, Julianne Hough, and Simon Cowell all voted "Yes", sending Matthew Richardson to the Judge Cuts.

Judge Cuts

Matthew Richarsdon's Judge Cuts performance in Episode 1407 consisted of performing an aerialist and Cyr wheel acrobatic routine in honor of his deceased father with audio of him and his father playing in the background. The music used in the act was Kronos Quartet's "String Quartet No. 5: IV". Howie Mandel, Gabrielle Union, Julianne Hough, Simon Cowell, and guest judge Brad Paisley all gave Matthew standing ovations. Despite the acclaim he recieved, Matthew's performance was not strong enough for the judges to advance to the Quarterfinals. However, he was chosen as one of the Quarterfinal Wild Card acts, reinstating him into the Quarterfinals.

Quarterfinals

Matthew Richardson's Quarterfinals performance in Episode 1415 consisted of performing a cyr wheel routine to Labrinth's "All For Us". Unimpressed with the preformance, Simon Cowell buzzed the act, but Julianne Hough gave him a standing ovation. Matthew did not receive enough votes to advance to the Semifinals in Episode 1416, eliminating him from the competition instead of Eric Chien and Dom Chambers.

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