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16-year-old aerialist Aidan Bryant from Prince George advances to finals on 'America's Got Talent'
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16-year-old aerialist Aidan Bryant from Prince George advances to finals on 'America's Got Talent'

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16-year-old aerialist Aidan Bryant practices in his back yard

Aidan Bryant, a 16-year-old aerialist from Prince George County, has progressed to the finals on “America’s Got Talent.”

He’s one of 10 finalists who will compete to win the $1 million grand prize and a residency at The Luxor in Las Vegas.

Two years ago, Bryant was inspired by a YouTube video of pop music star Pink performing her aerial routine at a concert.

“I went into my grandma’s closet, found a sheet, put two straps on it, got a ladder and hung up it in a tree in the garden,” Bryant said.

He started learning the basics of aerial performance and doing flips, turns and inversions. As an aerialist, Bryan performs acrobatics high above the ground with different apparatuses like silks or trapezes.

As he got better, the family invested in an aerial rig — a freestanding structure used to suspend an aerialist — and Bryant continued to improve. To get up on it, his mother helped him with the use of a golf cart.

In addition to being an aerialist, Bryant is also now a rising junior at Prince George High School.

“I’ve watched ‘America’s Got Talent’ all my life. It was my dream to be on it and perform in front of the judges,” Bryant said earlier this summer.

His final performance will be on Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. on NBC.

His semifinal performance that won over the judges on Aug. 31 can be found on YouTube.

Bryant is on social media at @aidanb.ryant on TikTok and Instagram and aidan.bryant.988 on Facebook.

ccurran@timesdispatch.com

(804) 649-6151

Twitter: @collcurran

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Colleen Curran covers arts and entertainment for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. She writes the weekly column Top Five Weekend Events.

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