‘America’s Got Talent’: Piano Prodigy To Compete on Lifetime’s ‘Child Genius’

Is 10 year-old Adrian Romoff the smartest kid in America?


He’s got talent…and brains!

Adrian Romoff — the 10 year-old piano prodigy, who wowed the judges last summer on AMERICA’S GOT TALENT — is one of a dozen young whiz kids competing on the upcoming season of Lifetime’s CHILD GENIUS.

“I have been on television many times…so I am comfortable,” he told me during a break in taping in Los Angeles.

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CHILD GENIUS is an intense eight week competition that challenges eight to 12 year-olds with questions ranging from spelling and math to geography and science.

Last year’s competition was won by current Scripps National Spelling Bee co-champion Vanya Shivashankar.

Romoff — who performed at Carnegie Hall at age 7  — reached the quarterfinals of AGT by combining finger-banging renditions of songs like “Flight of The Bumble Bee” with heavy doses of southern, boyish charm.

“Your act is not just about playing the piano, it is about talking to the audience,” judge Mel B. remarked after one performance.

“You had me at hello, basically.”

Adrian Romoff appears on 'America's Got Talent'

But CHILD GENIUS does not award points for cuteness, so the aspiring scientist spends most of his down time hitting the books.

“I study from morning to night,” he says. “I like studying.  It just feels good.”

Romoff — who lives in Peachtree, Georgia with his mother (and piano teacher) Olga — has already skipped five grades and is about to enter his senior year of high school.

“I used to be the tallest kid in my class, but now I am the shortest kid in my class,” he jokes, admitting there is already a plan should he snag the show’s top prize.

“Next year I will be entering college and this $100,000 would be very much helpful to my education.”

“I am probably going to go to college at Harvard.  They are very much looking forward to my application.”

CHILD GENIUS returns to Lifetime in January 2016.

Sean Daly

Sean Daly

Editor-In-Chief at TheTVPage.com
Sean Daly is a veteran entertainment journalist.His work has appeared in People, Us Weekly, The Toronto Star and other top publications. He was the west coast TV reporter for The New York Post from 2008 - 2013. Sean is the author of Inside AGT: The Untold Stories of America's Got Talent and Teen Mom Confidential: Secrets and Scandals From MTV's Most Controversial Shows.
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