Silhouettes – the peppy Denver shadow dance troupe that has mesmerized “America’s Got Talent” with its inspiring, patriot routines – revealed Tuesday night that several of its 42 members are seriously ill.
“There are children in this family of Silhouettes that face life threatening illnesses, juvenile diabetes, cystic fibrosis…and you would never know it,” coach Lynn Patton said in a pre-taped segment before their performance.
Patton – who formed the group in 2009 at her dance studio in Arvada, Colorado – also revealed that one pre-school-aged member, named Ellie, is going blind.
Not that that took any of the air out of their Top Ten performance.
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The squad, which ranges in age from three to 19, knocked it out of the park with another presentation full of flag waving and iconic images of Americana.
“You guys come a long and tell a story that lifts the heart and makes people proud to be an American,” judge Piers Morgan told them. “This act to me, without any doubt was the best performance by a mile.”
After the live broadcast, all three judges told XFinityTV they fully expect Silhouettes to advance to the Final Four on Wednesday night’s results show (which also features a guest performance by Def Leppard).
A member of Silhouettes – which requires all members to maintain a strict 3.0 grade point average – says if the group wins they will donate a large portion of the $1 million cash prize to aid homeless children in Colorado.
Silhouettes is also planning a live nationwide tour this winter.