What Happened to Maya Neelakantan in AGT 2024?

11 year-old little rock-star Maya Neelakantan stunned everyone with her rock cover of “Last Resort” by Papa Roach on AGT 2024 stage.

Age (at audition)11 Years
Home TownIndia
Position ReachedSelected for the next round
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Maya Neelakantan‘s unbelievable guitar performance brought the whole audience into a cheering mess. According to Simon Cowell she was turned into a rock goddess through the performance.

This little rock-star is coming from India to show her skills to the world. After her fiery performance, Sofía Vergara questioned her “Are you sure you’re 10 years old?” and she added, “Your energy, your confidence–a perfect audition.”

After her performance Simon shared an embarrassing childhood failure he experienced when he was Maya’s age and the audition ended with Maya winning four yeses. Let’s dive into the story of Maya Neelakantan’s guitarist journey .


This little girl is from India Maya’s inspiration are Adam Jones from Electric Sheep, Melvin’s, Puscifer and Tool and Gary Holt from both Exodus and Slayer.

She has showcased her skills in genres like Thrash Metal, TOOL songs & Indian Classical Carnatic music since a very young age.

Maya Neelakantan Biography 

Real Name Maya Neelakantan
Age11 years
Birthday2013 May 17
AGT 2024

Family & Relationships

Maya Neelakanatan’s family has four members of her parents, four year-old brother and her according to the available information.

Her parents have been supporting her dreamy talent and for her ninth birthday she received a Les Paul guitar as her present according to her YouTube channel sources.Moreover, her social media account are also handled by her parents.

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This little girl with a guitar dressed in a traditional Indian attire took the stage as the crowd was looking forward what might come next.

“You know what I love about this audition, you just weren’t expecting this. You were so shy, and you’re 10! And then you turned into, like, this rock goddess.” Simon Cowell commented after the performance. The entire audience was dancing and swaying to the unbelievable rock version of the “Last Resort.”

Simon revealed that he tried playing guitar at her age and failed doing so. “It is one of the most difficult instruments in the world, so I gave up,” Cowell said. “Actually, no, my teacher gave up on me.”

All the four judges votes ‘yes’ started as Sofía Vergara giving the first vote and Maya Neelakantan will continue to rock the AGT 2024 stage in upcoming episodes.

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