Am. Samoa Singing Sensation Reaches Semi-Finals Of Talent Show

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Ieti advances on America’s Got Talent TV program

By B. Chen

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (The Samoa News, August 14, 2014) – American Samoa’s newest singing sensation Paul Ieti has made the cut, moving on to the semifinals round of the nationally televised America’s Got Talent program.

On his Facebook page, the 21-year-old Aoa native posted, "Thank you all so so much. I'm speechless. Without you all I wouldn’t be here."

This past Tuesday, American Samoans here and all over the world were glued to their television sets to see Ieti’s debut performance at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

Tuesday’s live show was the third of four quarterfinal rounds and Ieti was one of the twelve acts that took the stage that night.

Only five of the performers — Ieti included — are moving on to the semifinals. Whether or not a contestant moves on to the next round of the competition is based on the number of votes they get.

Apparently, Ieti’s fan base extends far beyond the shores of Tutuila, with fans from Canada, the United States, and all over the world posting congratulatory comments on his Facebook page and expressing their support for him to win it all.

Not bad for a boy who started singing in the church choir at the tender age of six, next to his mom, and grew up in a village nestled in the mountains of the eastern side of Tutuila.

Ieti’s success on AGT so far is incredible, as he is up against grueling competition.

The competition started off with thousands of auditions, spiraling down to 48 contestants and after the next set of quarterfinals, the top 20 — Ieti included — will be vying for the title and the grand prize of $1 million.

Tuesday’s competition was filled with wonderful acts that included a 9-year-old piano prodigy, a magician with an assistant from the spirit world, a fifth generation circus performer and his dog, and a quartet of young men who took classical contemporary music to a whole different level.

Ieti was the last performer of the night, and he didn’t disappoint. He belted out his rendition of One Direction’s smash hit, "You & I", with judges Mel B and Howie Mandel commenting that Ieti’s performance was the "perfect" way to end such a great night.

Samoa News will keep the territory updated on when Ieti is scheduled to perform again.

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