'America's Got Talent' act comes with Wilkinsburg connection


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One of the best things about NBC's hit show "America's Got Talent" is its collection of eccentric acts.

Wilkinsburg native Trey Richardson is part of one of them.

Mr. Richardson, 30, and his three-man act, SensEtion, will appear on the show tonight at 8 live from New York's Radio City Music Hall.

Mr. Richardson, skilled in hip-hop and African dance, has taken classes and taught in the Los Angeles area since leaving Pittsburgh at age 19. He teamed up with some friends about a year ago to work on a "3-D video mapping" group routine, and their tryout for the television show was their first public performance.

The first tryout, which was shown on TV in early July, featured a quartet -- one of their members has since left -- dancing around, and with, video projections on white cubes.

"A friend of mine introduced me to 3-D video mapping," he said. "It was only natural that I would incorporate dance into it, because dance is still pretty much my life."

Judges Howie Mandel, Mel B and Howard Stern appeared to love it; Heidi Klum did not. But the next stop, Las Vegas, was equally successful, and now he, Arody Trujillo and JM Rodriguez are set to perform on the largest stage in America.

"It's so crazy to say 'I'm performing on the stage of Radio City Music Hall.' We have to go bigger, and better," Mr. Richardson said.

He's hopeful some of his Pittsburgh family can make the trip, particularly his mother, DeeDee Richardson: "I haven't seen her forever; she'll probably curse me out [for that]."

Acts SensEtion competed against in earlier rounds included Alexandr Magala, a "sword-swallower/break dancer," an ice skating aerial group and something called Tummy Talk, which involved some men drumming on their friend's very large abdomen.

In some ways, SensEtion is more traditional than these folks. It's dance, it's visual, and it has a sense of humor. Perhaps this time around even Ms. Klum will like it.

Maria Sciullo: msciullo@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1478 or @MariaSciulloPG.

One of the best things about NBC's hit show "America's Got Talent" is its collection of eccentric acts.

Wilkinsburg native Trey Richardson is part of one of them.

Mr. Richardson, 30, and his three-man act, SensEtion, will appear on the show tonight at 8 live from New York's Radio City Music Hall.

Mr. Richardson, skilled in hip-hop and African dance, has taken classes and taught in the Los Angeles area since leaving Pittsburgh at age 19. He teamed up with some friends about a year ago to work on a "3-D video mapping" group routine, and their tryout for the television show was their first public performance.

The first tryout, which was shown on TV in early July, featured a quartet -- one of their members has since left -- dancing around, and with video projections on white cubes.

"A friend of mine introduced me to 3-D video mapping," he said. "It was only natural that I would incorporate dance into it, because dance is still pretty much my life."

Judges Howie Mandel, Mel B and Howard Stern appeared to love it; Heidi Klum did not. But the next stop, Las Vegas, was equally successful, and now he, Arody Trujillo and JM Rodriguez are set to perform on the largest stage in America.

"It's so crazy to say 'I'm performing on the stage of Radio City Music Hall.' We have to go bigger, and better," Mr. Richardson said.

He's hopeful some of his Pittsburgh family can make the trip, particularly his mother, DeeDee Richardson: "I haven't seen her forever; she'll probably curse me out [for that]."

Acts SensEtion competed against in earlier rounds included Alexandr Magala, a "sword-swallower/break dancer," an ice skating aerial group and something called Tummy Talk, which involved some men drumming on their friend's very large abdomen.

In some ways, SensEtion is more traditional than these folks. It's dance, it's visual, and it has a sense of humor. Perhaps this time around even Ms. Klum will like it.

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Maria Sciullo: msciullo@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1478 or @MariaSciulloPG.


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