‘America’s Got Talent' on NBC: Who is Alex Rivers? Violinist from Seattle is also a songwriter

‘America’s Got Talent' on NBC: Who is Alex Rivers? Violinist from Seattle is also a songwriter
Alex Rivers in a still from ‘America’s Got Talent’ Season 17 (Scott Casey Durkin/NBC)

It is a dream come true for any aspiring artist to not only get a platform to showcase their talent and skills and earn global recognition but also get an opportunity to win a million dollars along with headlining an act in Las Vegas. For those who want to chase these dreams and become all-rounder entertainers by impressing audiences and judges, NBC’s prominent and loved talent hunt reality show ‘America’s Got Talent’ can make their vision come true.

But it’s a tough journey ahead for all the artists who want to win this coveted prize on ‘America’s Got Talent’ Season 17. To make their smashing entry into the finals for winning the show and prize, every artist has to rapidly create and conceptualize new and out-of-the-box acts with innovative ideas every week. They have to give it their best shot in order to impress the judges Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel, and Sofia Vergara alongside the show’s audience and fans as well.


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‘America’s Got Talent’ has made its comeback to screens and also raised the bar. One of the much-awaited audition performances is that of the Las Vegas-based street violinist which has been kept tightly under wraps by the makers. This has piqued the curiosity of fans and viewers who are excited to watch it in the forthcoming episode.

Who is Alex River?

Alex Rivers is a 26-year-old violinist, street performer, and songwriter. He was born and brought up in Las Vegas, Nevada, but now lives in Seattle.  

Rivers is a jack of all talents as apart from playing violin on the street he also writes his own music in his studio and loves improving. He performs across the US incorporating dance and comedy in his violin performances in hopes of breaking into the music industry.

In his recent YouTube documentary titled ‘A Day In the Life of A Las Vegas Street Performer (Alex Rivers)’, he said that being on the streets and playing the violin has made him grow up a lot. Rivers said, “Being on the streets has made me grow up a lot. It has shown me that something such as your life can be taken away from you very quickly and easily. So wherever this leads me right now it’s driven me to chase my dreams as hard as I can.”

Opening up on how he started busking and playing violin on the streets, Rivers said, “I was just 18 when I started busking. It really was out of the blue. I knew I had seen street performers on the Las Vegas strip. I kind of always had this fantasy in my head where I was the superstar and the streets were my exposure to that possibility. Even being on the street and playing a violin made it seem like I could be a version of the star that I’d always wanted to be.”

Hew also revealed that he dropped out of school and quit his job to make street performances his main focus. Rivers added, “I even quit my job. This wasn’t a great idea but I even ended up dropping out of school and made street performing my main focus and everything revolved around that only. If I hadn’t pursued street performing, I wouldn’t be where I am today and I would not even have time for violin and would have to do other things to pay my bills. Now I have to play the violin to pay my bills but it’s also something that I love. I am really blessed to be able to say that I get to do what I love for a living now.”

Rivers also has his own Instagram account where he keeps posting his performance videos and more.


Alex Rivers on ‘America’s Got Talent’ Season 17

At present, the makers haven’t revealed or dropped any early performance preview or short clip related to street violinist Alex River’s auditions but the Rivers has been giving hints of his upcoming auditions to his fans on Instagram which has only amplified the excitement level of audiences. A few days back, he dropped an image of himself with his violin in his hand. He captioned the post, “4 MORE DAYS until my America’s Got Talent audition airs on Tuesday 7/12! Watch it on NBC at 5:00pm Pacific Time! @agt @nbc #agt #nbc.”


Many fans expressed their happiness for the same. “Three More Days Till the World Sees AlexRivers Become a Star,” wrote a fan. “We saw you in front of the Space needle!! Can’t wait to watch,” added another fan.

He also posted another image of him performing violin on the stage a few days back. His caption read, “3 MORE DAYS until my America’s Got Talent audition airs on Tuesday 7/12! Watch it on NBC at 5:00pm Pacific Time! @agt @nbc #agt #nbc.”


Fans sent their love and good wishes to the musician. “Two Days Till the World Meets Alex Rivers on AGT July 12th on NBC …Can’t Wait,” said a fan. “I remember seeing you at Seattle city centre Folk Festival during the Memorial Day weekend! You’re so incredible!!! Can’t wait to see how you’ve wow’ed the judges at AGT!” added another fan.

One fan said, “STOP, WITH THE GREAT PICTURES. You have some amazing memories!!!” A fan wrote, “I'm so excited for you."

We can’t wait to watch Alex River’s amazing audition in the forthcoming episode of 'AGT'.


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‘America's Got Talent’ Season 17 airs every Tuesday at 8 pm ET on NBC. For viewers who want to watch the reality show without cable, they can use streaming services like Sling TV, fuboTV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV, or YouTube TV.

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