Flavian Glont, “Romania’s Got Talent” winner of 2015 impressed a country with his seemingly supernatural memory skills and then vied for the top position in Britain’s Got Talent. The sweet and unassuming young Romanian tells TPM a bit about how he got here and where he plans on going.
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You won “Romania’s Got Talent”, 2015. Tell us a little bit about yourself and your experience with the Romania`s Got Talent.
Yes, I won “Romania’s Got Talent” and sometimes I still can’t believe it, because I’m just a guy who solves the Rubik’s Cube and as you know, on the “Got Talent” show, normally there are so many amazing talents, like singers, dancers, acrobats, magicians! These are people who can perform on a stage and make a real show, but I am just “playing” with that toy! I am really happy, because people like what I do, and they appreciate me!
When and how did you discover your passion for speedcubing?
I discovered speedcubing 5 years ago. I found a Rubik’s cube in a bag of snacks ! There are some snacks on the market which give you a surprise in the bag, but usually there are toys for kids like mini cars or dolls, but I got a Rubik’s cube. Then, I started to learn how to solve it, and I saw there is a hobby called “Speedcubing” which is based on how fast you can solve the toy. I never thought I would become famous from it! I just wanted to be popular in my school. Five years later, I scored a total of 30 million views on internet!
You hold the national record at speedcubing. How long did it take to achieve this performance?
I had eleven national records. There are two types of records: single solve (fastest one from average) AND average of 5 solves. Also, there are so many Different Cubes: Pyraminx, Square 1, Mirror Cube, 2x2x2, 4x4x4….7x7x7 Rubik’s cubes and even more! I hold national records on the most categories and my personal best on solving the classic Rubik’s Cube is 6.05 seconds ( 6 seconds) but my average is around 10-11 seconds.
It took me three years to get this performance. I spend my time also for family, study and friends. Now, there are five years of speedcubing, but for the last two years, I (have been) focusing on “Speedcubing for Stage”. It’s something different when you want to compare it with normal competitions because this sport should be practiced indoors where (it) is silent! On a stage it’s harder, and you also have to do a show, there is music, the audience makes noise and all these factors make this harder. In most of cases, I solve the Rubik’s Cubes blindfolded because I want to push my limits even harder, and it looks so amazing to other people. It’s very hard!
How many hours a day do you practice?
I spend 1 or 2 hours per day now, but in the past sometimes I spent even 5-6 hours. I used my past to get a faster turn. Now I study the Rubik’s Cube to get more efficiency on it’s “deep solving process”.
Do you think you can make a living out of this? What are your plans for the future?
I don’t think I will become rich from Speecubing, even (after winning) “Romania’s Got Talent“, it doesn’t mean my life is like Heaven. To be honest I work after school and I’m a teacher for kids on this art. I teach them to solve these toys, and I get some pocket money. My big dream is to work in television, to be in front of cameras and even more. I saw this TV world on “The Backstage” and I think this is my place! I really appreciate Simon Cowell, and who knows, maybe one day I will be like him. Now I try to get an opportunity to be in front of “small screens” to get some experience, then I want to develop myself to become better!
You`ve also been featured on “Britain’s Got Talent”. How was your experience with them?
My Britain’s Got Talent experience was amazing! I met new people, amazing ones. I love the UK and I would love to live there! The show was amazing, even if I didn’t made it through. In fact, this show made me so popular, and I will come back next year with a super moment. It’s going to be a world premiere in speedcubing history!
Any plans on going to “America`s Got Talent” as well?
As you know, to get on the “judges audition”, you have to past over an early open audition which is a very hard step. I still have time to think if I will apply for America or again for Britain. I have to find a sponsor because I can’t pay for myself to reach these locations. Also If I make it through the judges auditions, I have to travel for a second time, and this is too expensive for me and my family. Usually, I need a sponsor to help me with around 1000$ for UK (for both travels) and for USA I made some calculations, and I would need around 2200$ (for both travels). I’m still looking for that sponsor, but I’m still working anyway on my moment too. I think I will find a way to do it in October 2016.
We’ve all seen what you can do with the Rubik’s Cube. Do you think you can come up with something new and even more mind-blowing? How many tricks do you have up your sleeves?
I have some amazing moments and tricks for you, but I didn’t have the chance to show it to the World. On my audition from Britain’s Got Talent, I did something classic, and That was planned, because I wanted to keep something better for the next stages (Semifinals and maybe finals). But now, if I reach Britain’s or America’s next season, I will show up with my best moment, to be sure everyone saw the best. I want to keep this moment a surprise to you; to be more intense!
What other hobbies do you have, beside speedcubing?
This is the only hobby I have. I also spend my time with my friends and family. I have a normal life like everyone and I don’t think you can become good at something when you try two different things! That’s why I’m focusing only on speedcubing when we talk about hobbies. I also play video games and climb mountains.
What are 3 things most people don’t know about you?
- I spend a lot of time memorizing the cubes before a show. It can take me days sometimes, because I want to be sure I will not miss any memorized move.
- I like to wear great clothes! I am very careful with my image.
- I love to see smiles on people’s faces. I am an emotional person. Yes, I cry when I watch a sad movie…
- Some people ask me why I’m doing this? What should I do more? The answer is: I do this, because I want to send a message to all teenagers around the World. They have to push their limits to unlimited and also never give up! I had so many fails, and I met a lot of haters till I reached big stages like Romanian’s Got Talent and Britain’s.
Any advice for our readers?
Some people don’t understand why I came to Britain’s Got Talent if I’m from Romania. These shows are open for everyone in the world. Even if I’m not from the UK, we all should be like a family! I met a lot of British people, and we were so happy to socialize! I could be from anywhere…! I like a world without wars and racism. I want a better world for me, for my generation and the next ones. Thank you!