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Paul Ieti on America’s Got Talent Tuesday

Army Pfc. Paul Ieti, a petroleum supply specialist with Company A, 603rd Aviation Support Battalion, performs during the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade talent show at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, July 5, while the 3rd CAB was deployed in 2013. He is makes his national TV debut on Tuesday, June 17 on NBC’s show, America’s Got Talent. [photo: Capt. Chad Ashe]

Paul Ieti gets his chance Tuesday night before the America’s Got Talent (AGT) judges and audience to win a spot in the rankings on one of NBC’s top rated ‘reality’ TV shows. The 21 year-old American Samoa singer makes his national TV debut Tuesday, June 17 and the show will air here the same night on the Hawaii NBC station that is broadcast on KVZK-TV Ch 5. Airtime is believed to be 7 p.m.
 
A native of Aoa, Paul has been in the Army for three years and is currently stationed in Savannah, GA. after recently returning from a 9-month deployment in Afghanistan. In an interview he gave to U.S. Army publicists just after AGT talent scouts sought him out, he told Capt. Chad Ashe he is most looking forward to sharing his God-given talent with those who have supported his music talents.
 
Capt. Ashe said Ieti is no stranger to performing in front of crowds, including the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade talent show on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, in July of last year. Now with AGT he has his chance to be heard by the world on a bigger stage.
 
Late last month Samoa News first reported on Ieti’s amazing rise to fame recounting that the singer has numerous videos on youtube where he sings ‘covers’ of his favorite songs by famous singers such as  Rihanna, Marc Anthony, Etta James, Beyonce and others. He has close to 800,000 views and more than 13,000 subscribers to his site.
 
The report that was published in Samoa News on May 30, had 15,000 readers on samoanews.com.
 
At the time he told Samoa News that he’s honored to participate in the AGT show while taking American Samoa’s name with him and he dedicated the journey with America’s Got Talent to his parents, Akenese and Lemaua Ieti.
 
Tuesday night’s airing will have celebrity judges Howie Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howard Stern continuing auditions around the country. The hopeful future stars, including Paul Ieti, are competing for a chance to perform at the famed Radio City Music Hall and win the $1 million prize.
 
Go for it Paul!  American Samoa — and your aiga, friends and fans everywhere — are rooting for you!



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