“America’s Got Talent” opera trio Forte. (Photo/Courtesy Virginia Sherwood – NBC)

Fernando Varela of opera trio Forte makes it to “America’s Got Talent” finals

Fernando Varela of Forte survived elimination on the Sept. 11 elimination episode of “America’s Got Talent,” making them one of six acts that will go on to the final round.

Varela, a classically trained singer who makes up one third of the opera tenor group “Forte,” gave a stellar performance on Tuesday evening’s episode of “AGT.” The performance cemented the group’s popularity as one of America’s favorite acts and earned enough votes to survive Wednesday’s elimination show.

“We did it! AGT Finals! Thank you to all who voted and supported us this week,” tweeted Varela, who emigrated from Puerto Rico to Florida when he was just eight years old.

“Forte” will join fellow acts Taylor Williamson, Kenichi Ebina, Cami Bradley, Collins Key and Jimmy Rose in next week’s finals.

“I’ve had so many calls from relatives, mentioning they saw me on the paper or on the evening news – the response in Puerto Rico has been amazing,” Varela told NBC Latino in a recent interview about his progress in the NBC talent competition. “I wasn’t expecting that, but I am so proud to be part of a positive story about Puerto Ricans and Latinos.”

And if there’s one thing Varela wants others to learn from his journey, it’s that one should never give up on their dreams.

“Always pursue your dreams, even if you get turned down along the way,” Varela said. “My dream is to be the best singer I can with the talents I was given and let the cards fall where they may. For me, it’s always been about being able to earn a living and support my family as I pursue my passion.  That way, I’ll be able to look at my sons and tell them to do the same.”

Watch Forte’s Spanish-language performance of “My Heart Will Go On” that helped them move on to “America’s Got Talent” finals.

America’s Got Talent”  airs Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 9/8c.

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