South Africa’s DJ Arch Junior is on his way to becoming an international superstar after receiving a standing ovation from the audience on America’s Got Talent
The six-year-old, who is widely hailed as South Africa’s youngest DJ, first caught our attention on social media in 2014 before he went on to win South Africa’s Got Talent a year later. His journey to the finals was incredible and with that victory DJ AJ became the youngest ever winner of SAGT.
Fast forward to to 2019 and the DJ has set his sights on an even bigger prize. While his peers were taking #BackToSchool photos, DJ AJ was focused on winning the hearts of American viewers on the US version of the popular talent show.
Oratile Hlongwane, Arch Junior’s real name, made his first appearance on the show this week and it’s safe to say that he made the most of his first attempt to wow the judges. DJ AJ showed off his skills as he performed an impressive set for Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel.
Simon in particular was so impressed that he offered to set up a meeting after the show, saying: “You and I need to be talking after this show because I got plans for you.”
DJ Arch Junior effortlessly made it to the next round and the reaction from local (and some international!) celebrities was one of joy and pride for a youngster who has warmed our hearts for years:
— America’s Got Talent (@AGT) January 22, 2019
Arch's career started out with his father Glen sharing a few videos of him on the decks on Facebook and through social media he became an instant hit.
Arch has since entered SA's Got Talent and over the past month the young man walked away with the R500 000 prize money and products from Avon and Celltone worth R35 000.
Like always, the world will always question ones achievements and social media was quick to claim that Arch had cheated on the final episode of the show by saying that his audio cables were not connected to the mixing deck. In addition to that some people made accusations that he was playing a pre-recorded mix on the show.
Destiny magazine shares that e.TV publicist Michael Pocock has rubbished all the claims and assures audiences that Arch's talent is legitimate.
"The photo that has been making the rounds on social media does not show the full technical setup of DJ Arch's performance, which took place at Soweto Theatre on the 8th of November 2015 in the finale of SA's Got Talent," he said also adding that the audio cables were connected via the laptop and not the controller.
"There were two laptops on the stage, which DJ Arch Jnr was consistently watching. The one laptop has the DJ software on it, which plays the songs, and the other laptop has a countdown system which cues DJ Arch Jnr. The controller in front of him has a black USB cable connected to the laptop, which is feeding into it," he says.
There you have it folks, there was no cheating involved.