India’s Bad Salsa duo Sonali Majumdar and her dance partner Maraju Sumanth from Kolkata have lost in America’s Got Talent season 15 finale. Bad Salsa danced on Bollywood song Bachna Ae Haseeno. They teamed up with Mumbai-based dance group V Unbeatable for the last performance. You can watch it here:
The song selected by Bad Salsa originally featured late veteran actor Rishi Kapoor, and years later was reprised by his son Ranbir Kapoor. Sonali and Maraju turned it into a spinning and stunts fest for the finale. At one point, during a stunt, Sonali was standing atop Maraju’s head, putting her leg over her head, and spinning in the air. Judges Heidi Klum, Sofia Vergara, and Howie Mandel cheered for them when Maraju caught Sonali after the flawless spinning. Following the performance, the judges gave them a standing ovation.
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While Bad Salsa couldn’t win this season, they will come back home with a lot of fans for sure. Spoken word poet and artist Brandon Leake won AGT finale, that was decided by audience votes.
Bad Salsa was a fan favourite ever since they auditioned. They impressed the judges and viewers with their salsa performance on Tattad Tattad from the film Goliyon Ki Rasleela: Ram-Leela, and reached the semi-finals of the show. They are famous for their air throws, continuous twirling, among other techniques, while doing Salsa on various Indian songs.
15-year-old Majumdar is the daughter of a farmer from West Bengal. She has previously featured on India’s Got Talent in 2012, when she was just seven years old. In a video shared on their Instagram handle earlier, Majumdar had revealed that her father, who hails from Sholoardari, merely earns a dollar per day. She has also been a part of Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions and Jhalak Dikhla Jaa.
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Majumdar and Sumanth have grown popular for their unique interpretation of Salsa on Bollywood songs. One of their videos has over 4.2 million views on Facebook and is being widely shared across social media sites. The duo practices their dance moves at the Bivash Academy of Dance (BAD), Kolkata.
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