VIDEO: Human spider act from Brampton gets ‘yes’ votes on Canada’s Got Talent

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Published April 3, 2024 at 2:00 pm

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Brampton-based contortionist Troy James has made appearances on Canada's Got Talent, Australia's Got Talent and America's Got Talent.

A human resources worker from Brampton is on the way towards winning a $1 million prize following a mind-and-body-bending performance on Canada’s Got Talent.

“We have been waiting for that act to blow us away, and maybe it’s somebody from HR,” celebrity judge Howie Mandel said of Brampton’s Troy James.

Also known by the nickname “Twisty Troy,” James also works as an actor and performer when not at his day job in HR and has even landed film and TV roles playing creepy characters and creatures with a resume that includes working with acclaimed horror director Guillermo Del Toro.

James begins the act by exiting the stage before reappearing in the audience, bent over backwards and dressed like a giant spider.

Walking on all fours upside down, James then heads back onto the stage showing off his flexibility before climbing up on a platform in front of the judges’ table, shocking the crowd with leaps and twisting his body in unusual ways.

“It’s like he’s made of rubber, he doesn’t have bones,” exclaimed judge Lilly Singh who could barely watch James’ eye-popping performance.

“It has nothing against your talent, I’m just really scared of spiders,” Singh said, getting a laugh from James. “I have nothing else to say other than I’m definitely calling HR after this.”

“We didn’t know where your head or your tail was coming down the stairs. I thought it was really good, I enjoyed it,” said judge Kardinal Official. 

“I totally agree – you’re like a boneless chicken,” Mandel added. “I believe that something this is different, this something you don’t see every day – I’m going to start off the voting with a yes,” Mandel said.

James went on to get a unanimous decision to go onto the next round of the competition with four “yes” votes. 

The latest audition wasn’t James’ first shot on the variety show as he appeared on Australia’s Got Talent and America’s Got Talent – a performance that gained over 32 million views on the show’s social media pages. He’s also made appearances on late-night talk shows, like The Late Late Show with James Cordon, and has teamed up with Cirque du Soleil Choreographer Debra Brown to create new and frightful creatures.

But James isn’t the only Brampton act to move onto the next round of competition.

A high-flying performance from dancers Jenalyn Saraza Pacheco and Luka Milacic-Perusina, better known as just Luka & Jenalyn, also gained four “yes” votes from the judges panel in last week’s episode of the talent show.

Originally from Brampton, Jenalyn grew up learning various styles of dance like jazz, tap, acro-ballet and hip hop and taught classes at The Rose Theatre. The pair met in dance class when they were just teenagers, becoming a dance team before starting their romantic partnership.

Hosted by Canadian country music star Lindsay Ell, the Canada’s Got Talent Million Dollar Season premiered on March 19 and airs every Tuesday on Citytv. The season will wrap on May 14 in a live two-hour finale from OLG Stage at Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls.

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