‘America’s Got Talent journey for Mossa academy dancer ends after wowing judges

‘America’s Got Talent journey for Mossa academy dancer ends after wowing judges
Lambros Garcia performs during the Aug. 22 live shows of 'America's Got Talent'. (Screencap by Brandon Duffy)

Wearing a silver-and-black bomber jacket with his name stitched on the back, Lambros Garcia, now known as “Lambros 2.0,” repeated to the “America’s Got Talent” judges and crowd the night of Aug. 22 the same message he had for them from his first performance.

“As I stated in my first audition, not a lot of people respected who I am.” Lambros, 10, said to host Terry Crews. “However, we cannot let other people break our dreams. Because dreams do come true, right? They do!”

Lambros’ journey on the AGT stage is now over, but not before gaining admirers across the country. 

After viewer votes were calculated for the June 23 results show, he lost out to singer Lavender Darcangelo, who sang Journey’s “I Want To Know What Love Is.”

Lambros, a Glen Head native and student at Mossa Dance Academy in New Hyde Park, impressed judges with his performance to Todrick Hall’s “Vogue Zone” in the live show part of the competition’s 18th season. 

The young dancer said he chose the up-tempo song because “it has a good beat to it and brings so much energy.” Lambros added he wanted to show who he is through his performance.

“My big dream is to perform on Broadway,” Lambros said. “This is my chance.”

It was the second time in as many performances that he wowed the judges and audience at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in California. 

“I love you and I love everything about you,” said judge Heidi Klum. “I love mostly that you do you and you don’t care about what anyone says. You don’t look back, you have your path. Well done,” she added. “Congratulations. Ten years old on this biggest stage in the world.”

In a prerecorded segment after a commercial break, Lambros said he was now “Lambros 2.0” after his June 6 audition, where he performed to Billy Porter’s “Love Yourself” and secured yesses from all four judges. 

“I gained so much confidence,” Lambros said. “The first day back I came to school, my bus was cheering my name. I finally have the confidence to show who I am.”

After his first audition, the young dancer shared an emotional story after joyfully breaking down following his routine, telling the judges he was teased at school.

Lambros told judge Simon Cowell the teasing has “totally” gone away. 

“Good, good, good,” said Cowell, who called the performance brilliant. “Because, let me tell you, we all loved you because you define the word personality.”

Judge Sofía Vergara reiterated how much of a fan she was of Lambros, saying, “You’re so confident tonight. You are amazing. My favorite part of your show is how happy you are when you’re doing it.”

Judge Howie Mandel left Lambros with a resounding message for both him and the world.

“More than what you do, you are the same little boy that came to us before, who was bullied and had this tough time,” Mandel said. “And then you showed the world who you are. This is not Lambros 2.0. You changed the world. It’s the World 2.0!”

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