Sal Valentinetti is an Italian pizza delivery man for his cousin's place from Bethpage, New York. He wants to bring back Dean Martin-style roasts. Sal first learned the American standards at his grandmother's knee and his passion grew further when he discovered his hidden vocal talent in his teenage years. Yet Valentinetti wasn’t always aware of his talent. It was during a horn lesson at 15 when it was uncovered by Dr. Joseph Merkel, a prominent private music teacher and performer, in Long Island and the NY metro area. Dr. Merkel asked him to choose a song to play and Valentinetti started singing the lyrics to a song he used to listen to with his grandmother: Bobby Darin’s “Mack the Knife.” Taken aback, Dr. Merkel immediately urged him to take singing lessons as well as brass lessons. "Sal the Voice," as he is known by everyone from Brooklyn to Bayshore, can be found on most Sundays sipping cappuccino at the café, telling stories, making jokes and planning his next move - to bring back to American pop culture the consummate, classy, old-school entertainer with a heart of gold. 
When his grandmother passed away, her music was all Sal had to remember her by. He had previously tried out for season 14 of American Idol, where he successfully made it past the auditions but did not proceed to the live shows.
America's Got Talent 2016 Sal Valentinetti Channels Frank Sinatra Full Audition Clip S11E03
Sal Valentinetti's Week 2 Quarterfinals performance in Episode 1113 consisted of singing a jazz rendition of One Direction's "Story of My Life". Mel B, Heidi Klum, and Simon Cowell gave him standing ovations. While the judges gave their feedback, Simon (jokingly) buzzed because Howie Mandel said something that he did not agree with. Sal finished in sixth, seventh, or eighth place in America's Vote. In the Dunkin' Save, Sal received more online votes than both Kadie Lynn and ThroWings, sending him to the Semifinals in Episode 1114.