‘America’s Got Talent’: Simon Cowell Unleashes on Contestant’s Bizarre Act as Live Shows Begin

by Leanne Stahulak

“America’s Got Talent” judge Simon Cowell does not pull his punches when criticizing contestants. He gave an especially scathing review to one poor act at yesterday’s live show.

Early on in the audition process, Cowell did not hide the fact that he disliked Seth Allison’s act. Allison, AKA Sethward, essentially dresses up like a peacock and acts out some kind of comedic story on stage. He’s auditioned for the show at least three times, and only just barely made it past auditions this season. But according to The Daily Mail, Sethward’s quarterfinal performance last night sealed the deal for Cowell.

“It was absolutely bloody awful,” the “America’s Got Talent” judge said after the performance. “We can now officially call this show ‘America Does Not Have Talent.'” He buzzed the act right after it started.

Fortunately for Sethward, the judges no longer decide who moves forward. America voted last night for the top seven out of 12 acts to move forward in the quarterfinal process. We’ll find out tonight which acts will advance.

Sethward wasn’t the only one Cowell criticized on “America’s Got Talent” last night. He told comedian Gina Brillon, “I sensed a lot of nerves with you tonight. Was this, for me, better than your first audition? I don’t think so.” The comedian joked about growing up in the Bronx and being a Latina.

Gangstagrass, a band that combines rap and banjos, didn’t impress Cowell or Howie Mandell. When Mandell said the group’s original song was “underwhelming,’ Cowell agreed. He said, “The song wasn’t good enough.”

Simon Cowell And Judges Praise Singing Acts On Last Night’s ‘America’s Got Talent’

Gangstagrass might be the only musical group that didn’t wow the judges last night on “America’s Got Talent.” Cowell and the other judges had nothing but good things to say for the other four singing acts who performed.

First out of the singers was 10-year-old Peter Rosalita, the little boy with a big set of lungs. He absolutely crushed Whitney Houston’s hit “I Have Nothing” for his quarterfinal performance. And he looked darn cute while doing it, in a gold tuxedo.

Though Cowell encouraged him to choose a younger song next time, he had no doubt Rosalita would move on to the next round. He called the singer’s performance “gutsy.” Fellow judge Sofia Vergara said she couldn’t believe how powerful his voice was.

Next up was Madilyn Bailey, a 28-year-old who performed David Guetta’s “Titanium.” Cowell told her she sounded like a record. “I thought it was outstanding. I absolutely loved it,” the “America’s Got Talent” judge said.

He had similar praise for trio 1aChord’s gospel version of R.E.M’s “Everybody Hurts.” Cowell said they were one of “the best performances of the night.”

Finally, Golden-Buzzer winner Jimmie Herrod closed the show with a stunning performance of Gene Wilder’s “Pure Imagination.”

“You are an artist that is headed straight for Broadway,” Cowell said.

“You are the million-dollar act. Drop the mic. Done. Bravo,” Heidi Klum told Herrod.

Howie Mandel said, “If America decides a singer is going to win ‘America’s Got Talent’ this year, you are the singer to beat.”