Last week, we showed you the AGT talent that you'll never see on stage, though you see all their unique, intricate creations: the wardrobe department. This week, we take you inside yet another department imperative to an act's style and, in turn, visual presentation: the Emmy-nominated AGT hair team.
Led by Russell Latham, the team consists of 8 - 12 people, depending on the number of contestants on for that week, with the key stylist and Russell's right-hand woman being Annette Jones. Russell and Annette have worked on the show since the very start, overseeing every memorable head of hair, from Barbara Padilla's stunning updos to Prince Poppycock's extravagant wigs, while most of the remaining stylists have been around since Season 3. The number of years spent together, without a doubt, has perfected their smooth workflow and unwavering demeanor: even in the most stressful situations and with the highest volume of talent coming through the hair trailers, it's nothing but steady hands with this group.
It's a good thing, as this hairstyling gig truly demands every possible technique. "We do it all," explains Russell, showing an inspirational outline for each performer hanging opposite the stylists' stations, or, as contestant Monet said in a recent vlog, "They can turn your hair into an ice sculpture." Speaking of Monet, the team brought up the young songbird's curly coif as the biggest transformation so far this season, with Mona Lisa being another proud mane metamorphosis. Annette also fondly recalled creating Steven Retchless' snowy, shimmering 'do for the spectacular routine that gained him a spot in the semifinals, as well as Cassie of Sandou Trio Russian Bar's tight chignon, which had to be equally elegant and strong through her dangerous aerial routine.
The creativity, technical skill and ability to handle the sheer volume of talent required for AGT have not gone unnoticed: the team was recently nominated for a primetime Emmy in Outstanding Hairstyling For A Multi-Camera Series or Special, alongside Dancing with the Stars, iCarly, The Pee-wee Herman Show on Broadway and Saturday Night Live. The Emmys will air September 18th on Fox and, fingers crossed, will get the hair team well-deserved national recognition. Although if you ask any contestant, dancer or crew member at AGT, they will already happily attest to the hair team's knack for making anyone and everyone look fabulous.