America’s Got Talent (AGT) may be well into its 14th season now, but if you’ve been following every bit of it, you’ll readily remember this popular face from the 11th season. Sal Valentinetti is a jazz singer who got his start in the arena when he emerged as one of the top ten finalists in the 11th season of the show. But that wouldn’t be his first shot at prominence.
Valentinetti had previously auditioned to be on season 14 of American Idol but didn’t even make the cut, let alone appear before the judges. All the while this hardworking, talented singer lived his days as a delivery man around New York. But when the opportunity came knocking, he didn’t hesitate. And so, this post follows his bio, net worth and all other interesting things you need to know about Sal Valentinetti.
Sal Valentinetti’s Biography
Sal Valentinetti was born in Long Island, New York, USA, on 26 August 1995. Although not too many details are known about his early life, siblings, education, parents and what they did for a living, we know that he grew up in the small town of Bethpage, New York, and owe the discovery of his passion for crooner-type music to his grandmother. Growing up, Valentinetti and his grandma would together listen to tracks by legends such as Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, and Frank Sinatra. As he puts it, he never really considered himself as someone who would pursue a career in music. All he did was love it. Besides, as he thought, he never had a great singing voice until he was 15.
It all began when Valentinetti was taking music lessons for the horn. His instructor had asked him to choose a song with which they’ll practice. And so, he began singing Bobby Darin’s Mack The Knife, and then his instructor got startled by the uniqueness and quality of Valentinetti’s voice. He encouraged the teenager to pursue a career in music and to take singing lessons. Luckily for young Valentinetti, his family embraced his decision right from the start and gave him the support he needed.
Perhaps Sal Valentinetti’s first shot at a public music career was in 2015 when he auditioned for the 14th season of American Idol; a singing competition which helped launch the careers of singers such as Jordin Sparks, Carrie Underwood, and Kelly Clarkson. Besides who wouldn’t want to audition for one of the top-rated television shows in the country. However, Valentinetti managed to scale through the audition stage, but couldn’t reach the live shows. Not on to back down too quickly, he continued to root for other opportunities, while honing his jazz singing skills.
An opportunity came smiling a year later when the auditions for the 11th season of AGT began in 2016. Every season, AGT draws various participants from around the world, especially the US, who come to display a variety of talents; singing, stunts, comedy, magic, and many more. Participants who scale through the auditions are then moved to live episodes in which they stand to compete with each other to make the finals. Each season ends with a winner who receives a huge cash prize, a contract, and of course, a chance to headline their own show. At the time of the auditioning, Valentinetti was working as a delivery man.
Although he didn’t take home the grand prize, Sal Valentinetti’s emergence among the first ten contestants grew his popularity in America by a wide margin. Since then, he’s been performing around the country. Plus, he sold out shows back at home at The Paramount in Huntington, and the Patchogue Theatre. He also appeared on other shows such as The Grindhouse Radio; a TV series featuring current news, events, pop culture, and many more. Of late, Sal Valentinetti has found himself reliving his AGT experience through the show America’s Got Talent: The Champions (2019). Not with fresh contestants this time. But with past winners, finalists, and other notable participants from the entire “Got Talent” franchise. They compete to win the $25,000 grand prize.
As of early 2019, sources reveal that Sal Valentinetti’s net worth stands at over $3 million. Much of which has come from his successful music career. With more shows and deals coming in, that number has been on a steady rise.
Other Facts You Need To Know About Sal Valentinetti
While it’s not so obvious, Sal Valentinetti is indeed a college graduate from St. John’s University, New York. Although his exact course of study isn’t known.
2. Hero Grandmother
Sal Valentinetti considers his grandmother his hero who gave him his start at a successful music career. Although we’re not sure about the specifics of her death, we know that he still remembers her dearly.
3. Pizza Delivery
While auditioning to be on AGT’s 11th season, Valentinetti’s main job at the time was pizza delivery. ustomers must’ve recognized the little fella when he suddenly appeared on national television.
4. Height and Body Measurement
Sal Valentinetti has a fit build. He stands 6 feet 7 inches (2.0 meters) tall and weighs 95 kg (209 lbs). He has light brown eyes and black hair. As of this writing, his shoe size and body measurement are not known.