Americas Got Talent: Comedian Ryan Niemiller snaps Simon Cowells brutal mean streak
Kodi Lee, a blind singer with autism, moved the judges to tears again on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.”
Simon Cowell is not impressed.
The British judge lived up to his grouchy reputation during Tuesday’s episode of “America’s Got Talent,” which marked the second round of quarterfinals.
The competition is not getting any easier – only seven of the 12 acts will advance – and neither are the critiques from the judges, primarily Cowell, who slammed several acts for not upping the ante during the live shows.
Cowell gave Nick & Lindsay’s knife throwing/singing act a red X, saying, “In the history of ‘America’s Got Talent,’ that was the worst live performance I’ve ever seen.”
The harsh words didn’t stop there. Cowell said singer Charlotte Summers made a “terrible, terrible song choice,” prompting the 13-year-old to break out in tears.
Cowell called contortionist dancer Marina Mazepa “a bit boring,” adding he was “disappointed” and “hated the music as well.” The Sentimentalists also got the cold shoulder, with Cowell calling their lackluster mentalist act “a total mess.”
“People think its tough for the contestants up there,” Cowell said. “There have been times over the years were I’m thinking, ‘This is tough for us, because we have made some terrible decisions.’ Certainly tonight … as to who we selected.”
Cowell’s mean streak, however, was snapped by a couple of stellar performances.
Stand-up comedian Ryan Niemiller brought the funny during his act, where he joked about failed New Year’s resolutions, trailer parks and his disability. (He was born with a congenital birth defect in both arms.)
“You are born to do this,” Cowell said. “Everything worked. … It was just one of those great, great performance. I really believe you are going to be in the semifinals.”
Cowell even bowed down to golden buzzer-winning dance group V. Unbeatable following their sky-high performance, full of tricks, flips and fast-paced choreography.
“Every time we see you guys, you push the boundaries,” he said, while Howie Mandel added, “This is the best performance I have ever witnessed on this show.”
But, leave it to Cowell to make more contestants cry before the night was over. He told the golden buzzer-winning dance group Light Balance Kids that they “didn’t have a wow factor.” He added, “This isn’t going to make me very popular.”
Thankfully, the fate of the contestants is not in the judges’ hands. It’s up to viewers.
Fans can vote up to 10 times for each act on NBC.com/AGTvote or through the “America’s Got Talent” app.
Tuesday’s field also included two other golden buzzer winners – violinist Tyler Butler-Figueroa and rapper Joseph Allen – along with Ndlovu Youth Choir and singers Chris Kläfford and Robert Finley.