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America's Got Talent: Extreme: Alredo Silva's Cage Riders wins first season and $500,000 grand prize


Alredo Silva’s Cage Riders were crowned the winner of the first season of America’s Got Talent: Extreme on Monday and received the show’s grand prize of $500,000.

For the finale, the extreme motorcycle stunt group upped their dangerous audition performance to win the superfan’s vote by adding a fourth motorcycle rider inside their ‘cage of death’ dome that was built to only accommodate three riders.

‘I guess we are just going to go for it,’ said Alfredo.

Season winners: Alredo Silva's Cage Riders were crowned the winner of the first season of America's Got Talent: Extreme on Monday and received the show's grand prize of $500,000

Season winners: Alredo Silva’s Cage Riders were crowned the winner of the first season of America’s Got Talent: Extreme on Monday and received the show’s grand prize of $500,000

The act started with only three riders spinning around inside the cage at high speeds from all angles as another rider outside jumped in the air over the top of the dome. Then the fourth rider entered the cage and gunned his bike spinning in the tiny enclosed sphere with exact precision.

‘That was sick’ said judge Nikki Bella, 38, when it was over.

‘Absolutely sensational,’ said judge Simon Cowell, 62.

‘Every single person in there was doing something that was pushing the limits,’ said judge Travis Pastrana, 38, a professional motorsports champion.

Death cage: For the finale, the extreme motorcycle stunt group upped their dangerous audition performance to win the superfan's vote by adding a fourth motorcycle rider inside their 'cage of death' dome that was built to only accommodate three riders

Death cage: For the finale, the extreme motorcycle stunt group upped their dangerous audition performance to win the superfan’s vote by adding a fourth motorcycle rider inside their ‘cage of death’ dome that was built to only accommodate three riders

Tight space: Four motorcycle riders whizzed by each other in the round cage

Tight space: Four motorcycle riders whizzed by each other in the round cage

Pushed it: 'Every single person in there was doing something that was pushing the limits,' said judge Travis Pastrana, 38, a professional motorsports champion.

Pushed it: ‘Every single person in there was doing something that was pushing the limits,’ said judge Travis Pastrana, 38, a professional motorsports champion.

Wild ride: Alfredo explained how they were taking it to the next level

Wild ride: Alfredo explained how they were taking it to the next level

‘I was on the edge of my seat,’ he added.

‘That was fire,’ said Nikki. ‘It was absolutely amazing.’

Simon said in their audition it was a 10 but that tonight their performance was an 11.

High praise: 'That was fire,' said Nikki Bella. 'It was absolutely amazing'

High praise: ‘That was fire,’ said Nikki Bella. ‘It was absolutely amazing’

‘I cannot believe there is anything else you could have done tonight to give yourself a chance at winning,’ said Simon.

Alfredo, who was the Golden Buzzer choice of host Terry Crews during auditions, said he was a sixth generation circus performer and was born into the life.

‘Growing up in the circus is not easy,’ said Alredo. ‘There was a lot of bullying and a lot of mean people that tried to fight us. They tried to put fire on the tent.’

Best chance: 'I cannot believe there is anything else you could have done tonight to give yourself a chance at winning,' said Simon Cowell

Best chance: ‘I cannot believe there is anything else you could have done tonight to give yourself a chance at winning,’ said Simon Cowell

He said being on the show was a chance for him to make the Silva name proud. Alfredo said if they won the prize they could start their own show that would change their lives forever.

Alfredo competed against Aaron Wheelz, 30, a wheelchair jumper who was born with Spina Bifida, who was Nikki’s Golden Buzzer winner. Aaron, who goes by the name ‘Wheelz,’ said that his ‘wheelchair has honestly helped me live my best life.’ He said that when he found action sports ‘I felt like my life began.’

For his final stunt, Aaron attempted to complete a back flip in his wheelchair after being propelled off a 50-foot ramp. During his practice, he crashed multiple times attempting the stunt.

Season finalist: Alfredo competed against Aaron Wheelz, 30, a wheelchair jumper who was born with Spina Bifida, who was Nikki's Golden Buzzer winner

Season finalist: Alfredo competed against Aaron Wheelz, 30, a wheelchair jumper who was born with Spina Bifida, who was Nikki’s Golden Buzzer winner

‘It feels like I have been training my whole life for this and I’m here to show America that dreams come true,’ said Aaron before his final competition. ‘I’m super pumped to be here.’

Aaron said he planned to use the prize money if he won to push himself and to bring awareness to the wheelchair jumping sport.

Unfortunately, after soaring through the air and completing his back flip, he crashed down onto a ramp on his first attempt.

Crash landing: Unfortunately, after soaring through the air and completing his back flip, he crashed down onto a ramp on his first attempt

Crash landing: Unfortunately, after soaring through the air and completing his back flip, he crashed down onto a ramp on his first attempt

‘He unbelievable,’ said Simon when Aaron went back for his second and final attempt where he similarly crashed down.

Travis told him just because he didn’t land it doesn’t mean you won’t win the fan vote.

Simon said he had ‘so much respect for him’ and even though Aaron didn’t think his stunt went right that he thought it was ‘brilliant.’

‘What you did was truly, truly incredible,’ said Simon. ‘It’s up to the superfans but you have given yourself a shot at winning this entire show.’

Great experience: Wheelz despite crash landing gushed about the experience

Great experience: Wheelz despite crash landing gushed about the experience

To kick off the finale Avril Lavigne took the stage with Travis Barker as her drummer to perform her song ‘Bite Me’ as stunt bikers jumped over the stage. Travis flipped his bike upside down to land on the stage.

The two-hour show opened with auditions that started with a father daughter daredevil stunt team called the Nerveless Nocks from Sarasota, Florida. Angelina and her father Michelangelo Nock performed their signature act on 80-foot towering sway poles.

‘Every time we climb up we don’t know if we’re coming back down,’ said Angelina, 30. ‘The quickest little slip incident and you’re done.’

Rocking out: To kick off the finale Avril Lavigne took the stage with Travis Barker as her drummer to perform her song 'Bite Me' as stunt bikers jumped over the stage

Rocking out: To kick off the finale Avril Lavigne took the stage with Travis Barker as her drummer to perform her song ‘Bite Me’ as stunt bikers jumped over the stage

Angelina said her father was her best friend and cried when she said he takes care of their entire family.

‘I would love for the Nerveless Nocks to win so tonight we are taking it to another level,’ said Michelangelo, 55. He told judge Simon Cowell that winning this meant everything to them.

Simon wished them the best of luck. They then climbed up on ladders half way up the pole and then Angelina climbed up the rest of the way herself. Michelangelo climbed the whole pole. Once they got to the top, they stood on top of the pole as they swayed, then hung from one foot from the pole and then performed other acrobatics. In the end, Michelangelo and Angelina slid all the way back down the pole head first.

Family affair: The two-hour show opened with auditions that started with a father daughter daredevil stunt team called the Nerveless Nocks from Sarasota, Florida

Family affair: The two-hour show opened with auditions that started with a father daughter daredevil stunt team called the Nerveless Nocks from Sarasota, Florida

Simon got up and bowed at them when they finished.

‘I have chills all over my body,’ said Nikki, when they finished. ‘I was nervous for you guys and I’m terrified of heights.’

Travis said with the crossover and the head dive that ‘this act is why I’m excited to come on this show.’

‘I think it was one of the scariest acts that we’ve seen,’ said Simon.

The judges gave them three yes votes and sent them on to the finals.

Next, Will Brandon, 32, from Bishop, Georgia, displayed his pyrotechnic skills with a riveting fire dancing performance with a rope dart. He said he moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dream. His mother Linda came to watch him perform.

‘Light this place on fire,’ said host Terry Crews before he took the stage.

Fire routine: Next, Will Brandon, 32, from Bishop, Georgia, displayed his pyrotechnic skills with a riveting fire dancing performance with a rope dart

Fire routine: Next, Will Brandon, 32, from Bishop, Georgia, displayed his pyrotechnic skills with a riveting fire dancing performance with a rope dart

Will lit the rope on fire and then twirled it on stage and breathed fire at times. As he danced and twirled the fire ball, the stage around him lit up with fire. At one point, he even twirled the fire ball rope around his neck.

‘I you made extreme beautiful and have meaning,’ said Nikki ‘I really enjoyed it, great job.’

Travis said ‘your heart and soul and everything you were doing I could feel that in that performance. That was one hell of a performance.’

Travis said he was awesome but gave him a no. Nikki gave him a yes. Simon said it wasn’t a danger act but that it was extreme and gave him a yes.

Next, eight coworkers who called themselves the JCD Dancing Digger Team from Savannah, Georgia, put on a synchronized show for the judges driving heavy machinery vehicles that are normally used for digging trenches.

Dig it: Next, eight coworkers who called themselves the JCD Dancing Digger Team from Savannah, Georgia, put on a synchronized show for the judges driving heavy machinery vehicles that are normally used for digging trenches

Dig it: Next, eight coworkers who called themselves the JCD Dancing Digger Team from Savannah, Georgia, put on a synchronized show for the judges driving heavy machinery vehicles that are normally used for digging trenches

Simon laughed and said it was ‘magnificent’ as they pushed the machines to stand up and maneuver in usual ways.

Nikki said their performance was unique but she was on the fence whether their act was extreme. Travis agreed. Simon said ‘this comes for me under more odd than extreme.’

‘I think there is an element of our audience that does want to see diggers dance,’ said Simon.

Simon and Nikki both gave them a yes to move on in the competition.

Erika Lemay, 38, an aerial artist from Canada was the next contestant who said she always wanted to fly. When she was two years old, she said she tied a balloon to her wrist and thought she was a princess who could fly. She shared that her stunts were dangerous and in 2018 she had a career ending accident and that the damage was severe.

Aerial artist: Erika Lemay, 38, an aerial artist from Canada was the next contestant who said she always wanted to fly

Aerial artist: Erika Lemay, 38, an aerial artist from Canada was the next contestant who said she always wanted to fly

‘I never let this dream go,’ said Erika who said she has gone through a lot to get her body back into shape.

Erika attached herself to a giant red balloon that lit up and hung from it in silks performing an aerobatic act to Sia’s song ‘Alive.’ She twirled in the air and hung upside down as the balloon floated in the sky.

All the judges gave her a standing ovation when she was finished.

‘You had me on the edge of my seat,’ said Nikki. ‘Ninety feet in the air, by balloons, I mean you truly are dangerously beautiful.’

Up there: 'You had me on the edge of my seat,' said Nikki. 'Ninety feet in the air, by balloons, I mean you truly are dangerously beautiful'

Up there: ‘You had me on the edge of my seat,’ said Nikki. ‘Ninety feet in the air, by balloons, I mean you truly are dangerously beautiful’

Travis told her ‘I just absolutely loved it.’

‘That was pretty unbelievable,’ said Simon. ‘Also one of my favorite movies was ‘Up’ so you are like the other version of up.’

Simon said they’d used up all their Golden Buzzers but her if not her act would have been an ‘absolute obvious one. ‘Nikki agreed. Simon then asked Terry to join them on stage.

‘Erika we had a little conversation after we saw you and we all would have given you a Golden Buzzer,’ said Simon.

‘That was one of the most beautiful things I had ever seen in my entire life,’ said Terry. 

All the judges then got together and pushed the Golden Buzzer.

‘I’m so happy,’ said Erika. ‘I’m so crazy happy.’

Group effort: All the judges then got together and pushed the Golden Buzzer for Erika

Group effort: All the judges then got together and pushed the Golden Buzzer for Erika

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