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Terry Fator
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Information
Age (at audition) 42
Sex Male
Act Ventriloquist/Singing Impressionist
Seasons 2
Position Reached Winner

Terry Fator was a ventriloquist and singing impressionist act from Season 2 of America's Got Talent. He was the winner of the competition, winning one million dollars.

BackgroundEdit

Terry Fator was born on June 10, 1965 in Dallas, Texas. The beginning of Fator's ventriloquism career dates back to when he was in fifth grade. While searching for a book for an assignment on Valentine's Day, he came across a book about ventriloquism titled "Ventriloquism for Fun and Profit" by Paul Winchell. Fator checked out the book and started learning about ventriloquism. A few weeks later, Fator purchased a Willie Talk dummy from Sears and soon won a $25 prize for a performance at a church picnic. Throughout his childhood, Fator entertained family and friends with his ventriloquism and did impersonations of singers and actors.

Fator did a solo act combining comedy and ventriloquism but for many years had little success. In May 2007, Fator was performing at a fair near Houston, Texas and the only spectator was a 12-year-old boy. Discouraged, Fator contemplated pursuing another career, but his family encouraged him to hang in there. Fator says the low point of his career was when he appeared at a thousand seat theater and had only one customer. 1

AuditionEdit

Terry Fator's audition in Episode 203 consisted of impersonating Etta James by singing "At Last" in ventriloquism through one of his puppets, Emma Taylor. Piers Morgan, Sharon Osbourne, and David Hasselhoff all voted "Yes", sending Terry to the Vegas Round.

America's Got Talent Season 2 - Terry Fator - Audition03:18

America's Got Talent Season 2 - Terry Fator - Audition








Vegas RoundEdit

Terry Fator was sorted into the "Variety" category during the Vegas Round. His performance in Episode 205 consisted of impersonating Tony Bennett by singing "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" in ventriloquism through one of his puppets. His audition was strong enough for the judges to send him to the Semifinals in Episode 206.

SemifinalsEdit

Terry Fator's Semifinals performance in Episode 208 consisted of impersonating Kermit the Frog by singing "What a Wonderful World" in ventriloquism through one of his puppets, Winston the turtle, and Terry himself singing the same song impersonating Louis Armstrong. He received enough votes to be sent to the Top 10 the following week.

America's Got Talent Season 2 - Terry Fator - Top 2004:55

America's Got Talent Season 2 - Terry Fator - Top 20








Top 10Edit

Terry Fator's Top 10 performance in Episode 209 consisted of singing "Unforgettable," impersonating both Nat King Cole (as Terry himself) and Natalie Cole (in ventriloquism through one of his puppets, Emma Taylor). He received enough votes to be sent to the Final 8 the following week.

America's Got Talent Season 2 - Terry Fator - Top 1004:43

America's Got Talent Season 2 - Terry Fator - Top 10








Final 8Edit

Terry Fator's Final 8 performance in Episode 210 consisted of his puppet singing "That's Amore" impersonating Dean Martin and "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" impersonating Tony Bennett. Terry received enough votes to be sent to the Final 4 the following week.

America's Got Talent Season 2 - Terry Fator - Top 805:36

America's Got Talent Season 2 - Terry Fator - Top 8








Final 4Edit

Terry Fator's first Final 4 performance in Episode 211 consisted of his puppet Walter T Airdale singing "Friends in Low Places" impersonating Garth Brooks. Terry Fator's second Final 4 performance consisted of his turtle puppet Winston singing "Crying" impersonating Roy Orbison.

America's Got Talent Season 2 - Terry Fator - Finale Act 105:20

America's Got Talent Season 2 - Terry Fator - Finale Act 1

America's Got Talent Season 2 - Terry Fator - Finale Act 205:31

America's Got Talent Season 2 - Terry Fator - Finale Act 2














FinaleEdit

For the finale in Episode 212, Terry Fator's puppet Johnny Vegas sang "You've Got a Friend" impersonating James Taylor in a duet with Kermit the Frog. Terry was revealed to have finished in first place in the competition that same night, in front of Cas Haley, Butterscotch, and Julienne Irwin, winning one million dollars.

Terry Fator and Kermit - Full Version - America's Got Talent06:19

Terry Fator and Kermit - Full Version - America's Got Talent

AGT - Results Show - The Winner Is..05:47

AGT - Results Show - The Winner Is...Terry Fator!















After the ShowEdit

Fator performed at Christian rock legend Larry Norman's 60th birthday party in April 2007.[17] Later Fator flew Larry to tapings of America's Got Talent and also to his debut show at the Las Vegas Hilton as an honored guest.

On October 14 and 15, 2007, after winning America's Got Talent, Fator took the stage of the Las Vegas Hilton (formerly the International, the same stage that Elvis Presley performed on for many years). Both shows were sold out to standing room only. Another show was added for December 3 to satisfy the demand for tickets.

In early December 2007, Fator signed a contract for $1.5 million with the Las Vegas Hilton to do three shows a month from January 2008 to May 2008. Fator also performed a 6 p.m. early family New Year's Eve show on December 31, 2007.

On May 13, 2008 it was announced that Fator had signed a five year, $100 million contract to perform nightly at The Mirage in Las Vegas. He replaced headliner Danny Gans and the theater was renamed the Terry Fator Theatre. Reportedly, Fator's deal is one of the largest entertainment deals in Las Vegas history.

On May 30, 2013, Terry Fator celebrated his 1,000th show at The Mirage Hotel & Casino. 2

Terry Fator has also appeared in Season 3 in Episode 315Season 4, Season 6, Season 8, and Season 10 of America's Got Talent as a guest performer.

America's Got Talent - Terry Fator (Guest Appearance)04:14

America's Got Talent - Terry Fator (Guest Appearance)

Terry Fator performs live on America's Got Talent ~ The Finale03:48

Terry Fator performs live on America's Got Talent ~ The Finale

Terry Fator perform Live ~ AGT 2013, The Results04:30

Terry Fator perform Live ~ AGT 2013, The Results

TriviaEdit

  • Terry Fator is the first ventriloquist to win America's Got Talent.

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