Simon Cowell’s 16 Most Memorable Got Talent Auditions — and They May Surprise You
A diverse array of unforgettable acts on Got Talent stages leave Simon Cowell and audiences astonished, from hysterical farting antics to awe-inspiring gravity-defying feats.
If you’re a fan of America’s Got Talent (AGT) or Britain’s Got Talent (BGT), you’re probably familiar with the iconic judge, Simon Cowell. With his critical eye and no-nonsense attitude, Cowell has seen countless auditions over the years. However, some performances have left an indelible mark on him, standing out as the most memorable moments in the history of these talent competitions.
In the latest episode of AGT Season 18, Cowell shared his top 16 picks, spanning emotional, funny, and awe-inspiring acts. What sets these auditions apart? As Cowell himself puts it, “It is sometimes talent, sometimes it’s the audience, sometimes it’s just the surprise, but, you know, I’ve got to admit, I love all that. I think it’s what makes the show.”
Let’s take a look at Cowell’s most unforgettable Got Talent auditions:
1. Ichikawa, BGT Series 16
Audience members were left in stitches when Ichikawa, a Japanese entertainer, showcased a bizarre and hysterical act involving farting. Though initially met with a red X from Cowell, Ichikawa’s quirky performance won the audience over, securing his place in the next round.
2. Chapel Hart, AGT Season 17
This talented country trio, consisting of sisters Danica and Devyn Hart and their cousin Trea Swindle, left a lasting impression with their sassy and empowered response to Dolly Parton’s “Jolene.” Their original song, “You Can Have Him, Jolene,” earned them the first-ever AGT group Golden Buzzer.
3. Tape Face, AGT Season 11
Tape Face may not have spoken much, but his silent and hilarious act, which involved performing a duet with oven-mitt fish to the tune of “Endless Love,” left the audience and Cowell in stitches. He has since gone on to have a successful show in Las Vegas.
4. Calum Scott, BGT Series 9
Calum Scott’s emotionally-charged audition, where he delivered a transformative rendition of Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own,” touched the hearts of the judges and the audience. Cowell granted him the Golden Buzzer, and Scott has since become a prominent solo male artist in the UK.
5. Avery Dixon, AGT Season 17
Talented teen saxophone player Avery Dixon, who turned to music as an escape from bullying, left the audience awestruck with his high-energy performance. Host Terry Crews even bestowed his Golden Buzzer, making Dixon’s journey even more inspiring.
6. Ashleigh & Pudsey, BGT Series 6
The duo of Ashleigh and her canine companion Pudsey wowed the audience with an adorably coordinated dance routine to The Flintstones theme song. Their bond and Pudsey’s impressive tricks earned them top honors that season.
7. Ben Lapidus, AGT Season 17
Ben Lapidus, a cheese aficionado, delivered a quirky and memorable audition where he sang about his love for parmesan cheese. Despite initially receiving four red buzzers, the audience’s persistence led the judges to reverse their decision, allowing Lapidus to move forward.
8. Sacred Riana, AGT Season 13
Sacred Riana’s eerie magic trick had AGT judges trembling in their seats. Though Cowell wanted the act to end, the other judges voted in favor of Riana’s advancement, making her one of the most unforgettable performances of the season.
9. Drake Milligan, AGT Season 17
Country singer Drake Milligan impressed the judges, especially Cowell, with his confident performance and hip moves reminiscent of his idol, Elvis Presley. His audition earned him third place that season, and he has since been nominated for Country Music Awards.
10. Zurcaroh, AGT Season 13
This gravity-defying acrobatics act from Brazil left Cowell feeling like he was “in a movie.” The group’s impressive human jump rope and breathtaking stunts garnered them a standing ovation and Tyra Banks’ Golden Buzzer.
11. Shin Lim, AGT Season 13
Though Cowell isn’t usually a fan of card magic, Shin Lim’s intricate and confident performance won him over completely. Lim went on to win the entire season and became one of the hottest tickets in Vegas.
12. Archie Williams, AGT Season 15
Archie Williams’ inspirational story of spending 37 years behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit before being exonerated through DNA touched the hearts of viewers. His powerful rendition of “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” left Cowell in awe.
13. Men With Pans, AGT Season 12
While not necessarily the best audition, the hilariously shocking act of Men With Pans, who danced onstage naked, holding frying pans strategically, left a lasting impression on the audience and became a viral hit.
14. Mayyas, AGT Season 17
Mayyas, an Arabic dance group, delivered an astonishing and flawless optical dance performance, showcasing the artistry of Arab women. Their act earned them a standing ovation and Judge Sofia Vergara’s Golden Buzzer.
15. Musa Motha, BGT Series 16
This inspirational dancer from South Africa, who lost a leg due to cancer, wowed the audience with his breathtaking performance using a crutch. The judges joined together for the show’s first-ever group Golden Buzzer in appreciation of his courage and talent.
16. Susan Boyle, BGT Series 3
The audition that changed the show forever, Susan Boyle’s stunning performance of “I Dreamed A Dream” captivated the world. Her talent and authenticity broke stereotypes, making her one of the biggest-selling recording artists globally.
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These auditions have left a lasting impact on Simon Cowell and viewers alike. From bizarre and hilarious acts to moving and inspirational performances, these moments showcase the diverse talent and resilience found on the Got Talent stage.
Whether it’s the unexpected surprises, the emotional connections, or the sheer brilliance of the acts, these auditions prove that the Got Talent franchises continue to bring us some of the most unforgettable moments in the world of entertainment.