America’s Got Talent is the televised summer talent competition that is dominating the ratings. The program has been doing this since it debuted in 2006 with Regis Philbin and pre-hamburger-episode David Hasselhoff, where-are-they-now candidate Brandy, and snide British personality Piers Morgan as the judges. That means the program has produced five headlining Las Vegas and has kept the Hoff and now Nick Cannon gainfully employed for the better part of a decade. Of these five previous winners (this season is not yet finished), only one has been able to remain a Las Vegas headlining act: Terry Fator.
Terry Fator tickets continue to sell at the Terry Fator Theatre in the Mirage Las Vegas four years after winning AGT. Why has he been able to last on the strip while the other four have simply faded away into oblivion? Because Terry Fator, as The Onion A.V. Club writer Myles McNutt discovered, is the only act unique enough to be found in no other city on the planet that has won the reality show.
For those who are not aware, Terry Fator combines the art of a cover singer and a ventriloquist. The other winners (Season 1: Bianca Ryan, Season 3: Neal E. Boyd, Season 4: Kevin Skinner, and Season 5: Michael Grimm) were all mere singers by trade. Sure Bianca was 11 years old at the time she won and Boyd is an opera singer, but they offered no quite unique skill for a program meant to be a different take on American Idol. For goodness sakes, the final episodes of the program are held in Las Vegas, a city known for embracing the lavish, grotesque, and outlandish.
Country music is not outlandish, at least not anywhere outside the most urban of civic centers in the United States. Fator’s gift is truly strange. He can throw his voice in song. Fator began perfecting this craft after he decided he was tired of being stuck in the back of state fairs doing comedy ventriloquist routines. Luckily, he made the connection between those two skills on the precipice of leaving show business all together. This alteration, this new direction, occurred two years before America’s Got Talent changed his life.
Now he can relish his opportunities, making time to perform on the Late Show with David Letterman, a show he only dreamed of appearing on just half a decade ago, and making Oprah fall out of her chair in shock as he and his puppet impersonated Marvin Gaye "Soul".
Terry Fator remains a resident at his own stage in Las Vegas, and is popular enough to play on and off throughout the year. Get your Terry Fator tickets form OnlineSeats to see this incredible singer and ventriloquist as he continues to amaze even the most skeptical of audiences. He returns to his stage late July 2011 and will begin an extensive late summer, early fall schedule.