Australia’s Strongest Man Eddie Williams Sets the Bar for Season 2 of AMERICA’S GOT TALENT: THE CHAMPIONS
— January 10, 2020
After shocking judges and viewers on this week’s Season 2 premiere of AMERICA’S GOT TALENT: THE CHAMPIONS with his extraordinary strength and unexpected rendition of John Legend’s “Ordinary People”, Eddie Williams set the bar for the remaining all-star acts vying for the ultimate title of World Champion.
Though his smooth vocals weren’t enough to secure him a spot in the competition, Williams, Australia’s strongest man, offered some insight into his unique fusion of talents:
Q: Being a strongman, can you start by telling us how you got into singing in the first place?“I’ve been singing much longer than I’ve been a strongman. I grew up in a very musical home, my dad is a very talented singer and my mum is a pianist.”
Q: What then inspired you to combine your love for singing with your weightlifting talent?
“People are always surprised when they hear me sing, they don’t expect a big guy who lifts heavy things to have a soft side. When I was in South America competing at Arnold Schwarzenegger’s strongman competition, he found out that I could sing. I sang for him and for everyone at a dinner that we had for the athletes. The next day, there was a big presentation on stage for all of the athletes and he invited me to sing in front of everyone. He held my microphone for me throughout the whole song, and it was definitely the best microphone stand I’ve ever had! Ever since then, I’ve had more opportunities to combine both of my passions.”
Q: How has your life changed since winning Australia’s Got Talent?
“The feedback and support I’ve had from my performances have been amazing. John Legend retweeted my audition which was incredible to have him notice it! At the moment, I am really just trying to make the most of every opportunity that comes my way, all thanks to AMERICA'S GOT TALENT.”
Q: Was this your first time in the U.S? How did performing in front of an American audience compare with an Australian audience?
“No, I had never been to the U.S. before this, but I love it so much! The American audience was electric - their energy was amazing and you could tell they were all super fans!”
Q: Can you tell us about your song choice in your performance? Is there a reason why you chose to sing a John Legend classic?
“I’ve been following John Legend’s music since I was in high school. I have every album and I used to sing every song of his religiously, to the point that people would say I sound like him. Through the years, I have developed my own sound, so his songs and his voice have really helped a lot with finding my voice, it was an honour to sing his song again.”
Q: You mentioned that you hold a Guinness World Record for pulling a tank 10 meters in record time! Do you plan to break any further records?
“I’d love to! Hopefully more opportunities to do so will open. I love any strongman moving events, especially pulling trucks. Therefore, I’d love to be able to make a record for pulling a plane or something just as crazy!”
Q: Finally, what is the plan now with your act? Would you like to take it further?
“Absolutely! I have lots of crazy ideas for future performances. I’d love to pull something or carry something heavy onto stage.”
Viewers can expect even more astonishing acts on AMERICA’S GOT TALENT: THE CHAMPIONS, with a new episode airing Monday, Jan. 13 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, before moving to its regular timeslot on CTV2 beginning Monday, Jan. 20 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.