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Haspop was born as Hassan El-Hajjami on August 1, 1977, in Bron, France, near Lyons, to a family of modest means. From the ages of ten to twenty, he pursued the career of boxing, while at the same time earning a Certificat d'aptitude professionnelle in plastering and masonry. After asking a friend who was a street dancer to teach him some dance moves, Haspop turned his attention to dance. In 1999, he founded the hip-hop dance group, the Pockemon Crew, and went on to win a series of competitions, both on his own and with his group. In 2003, he was the individual champion in France for Popping, and then in 2004, he won the European title. In 2003 and 2004, the Pockemon Crew won French, world and European championships in hip-hop.
In 2005, he was invited by Cirque du Soleil to audition and was accepted. Unable to bring his two children (whom as of 2010 he visited routinely), he performed in the United States for Cirque du Soleil from 2005 to 2009 in the Love show in Las Vegas in the role of the "Walrus." In 2009, he decided to leave the Cirque, but with the challenges of the economic recession returned to street performance, residing in Santa Monica until, in June 2010, he began his participation in America's Got Talent. 1
Haspop's audition consisted of dancing to various types of music such as electronic music and "I'm a Barbie Girl." Piers Morgan, Sharon Osbourne, and Howie Mandel all voted "Yes," sending him to the Vegas Round.
Haspop was one of ten acts to advance straight to Hollywood without auditioning in Las Vegas.
Haspop's Quarterfinals performance consisted of dancing to songs such as "Boom Boom Pow," "Baby Got Back," and "Let Me Think About It." Haspop received enough votes to be sent to the Semifinals instead of CJ Dippa and The South Philly Vikings.
Haspop's Semifinals performance consisted of dancing and popping to various types of music like "Eye of the Tiger" and "U Can't Touch This" while portraying a storyling of being able to scare a rude neighbor after imbibing an energy drink with pre-filmed footage. Piers Morgan buzzed the act. Haspop did not receive enough votes to be sent to the Finals, eliminating him from the competition along with Maestro Alexander Bui, instead of Jackie Evancho.
After the ShowEdit
On the Season 5 Final 4 performance episode of America's Got Talent on September 14, 2010, Haspop performed as one of six of the "hottest variety acts from America's Got Talent 2010."