Tomas De la Cruz has made believers out of many skeptics since his appearance on "America's Got Talent" two years ago.
De la Cruz -- "Smoothini" as he is known on the Las Vegas magic circuit -- was a semifinalist on the eighth season of NBC's reality television series. While he may not have taken home the top honor for his tongue-in-cheek humor and magic tricks, De la Cruz earned a more poignant prize: the support of his family.
"I've had no family member see me on stage my entire life until I was on the semifinals of 'America's Got Talent,' " De la Cruz says. "Now, I got support."
And those supporters have multiplied far beyond Sin City.
De la Cruz is among a handful of fan favorites performing in an all-star staged version of "America's Got Talent," a 42-city live tour stopping at NYCB Theatre in Westbury Wednesday.
ABOUT THE SHOW
The tour -- a commemoration of the show's 10-year anniversary -- features performances by other top acts such as comedian Taylor Williamson, season 8's silver medalist; comedic acrobats the KriStef Brothers; New Hampshire-based "junk rock" performers Recycled Percussion; and Blue Journey, a shadow act dance duo.
"It's a vaudeville show," says country singer Emily West, who is also in the lineup. "It's bringing vaudeville back to life. It's a circus."
West was a runner-up on season 9 of the hit series. She won viewer votes in 2014 with her sultry renditions of Roy Orbison's "You Got It" and Queen's "Who Wants to Live Forever." Her valiant attempt to belt the Freddie Mercury classic earned her a standing ovation from celebrity judges Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel.
FROM SCREEN TO STAGE
As diverse as the lineup may be, there is still a sense of family among the artists, most of whom are accustomed to touring alone.
"We're all kind of cross-collaborating," says West, who shares the stage with Blue Journey during one of her performances. "It glues the show together and all of our personalities get to come out."
For West, that has meant being even more vulnerable than she was while a contestant on "America's Got Talent."
"I get to be a little more funny and loose," she says.
Blue Journey's Rachel Kivlighan and Nick Mishoe create an uncanny experience for viewers. The New Jersey dance duet, created by choreographer David Middendorp, combines video projection, animation, music and dance to create a surreal experience for the viewer.
But it is De la Cruz who arguably feels the most pressure.
"My set is 90-percent interactive," he says. "If the audience isn't into it, my entire act will flounder."
Regardless of the routine, the live tour promises an unfiltered view of these reality TV personalities whose true artistry was slightly restrained during the competition.
"That's what live shows are all about," West says. "Seeing the true authentic artist."
'America's Got Talent' The All-Stars Tour
WHEN | WHERE 8 p.m. Wednesday at NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd.