Howie Mandel teases Simon Cowell’s harm, discovers the following BTS?
Simon Cowell says Bye Bye Bye to a “terrible” boy band.
Although Cowell said his “dream” for America’s Got Talent season 16 was to find “an amazing group,” he didn’t have much luck with boy band Larger Than Life.
“I would honestly just quit now,” Cowell told the band, which consists of four members, ages 30 to 39. “Without being rude … it’s hard enough when you’re good, but when you’re horrible it’s just … I say this out of kindness.
And Cowell knows a thing or two about successful boy and girl bands after discovering One Direction and Fifth Harmony on “The X Factor.”
Despite receiving a red X from Cowell, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel during their mash-up from Backstreet Boys ‘”Larger Than Life” and NSYNC’s “Tearin’ Up My Heart,” Sofía Vergara encouraged them not to give up, ” if that “makes you happy.” She added, “Keep doing it for yourself … for your friends or family”
Cowell hit back, “I wouldn’t even do it for my friends.” Ouch.
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Cowell received his request from two different acts from a thousand miles away in East Asia.
He called UniCircle Flow, a group of unicycle dancers from Japan, “one of the most unique and amazing acts we’ve seen on America’s Got Talent over the years”.
Cowell added, “I’m absolutely blown away. It was sensational.”
Mandel seized the moment to poke fun at Cowell, who broke his back in an electric bike accident in early August.
“What a great example for Simon Cowell to see yourself with a bike you can balance,” said Mandel. “I don’t know if you know what happened to him on two wheels. It wasn’t dancing.” Double ouch.
Could Korean Soul Be the Next BTS? The four-piece band hopes so, of course. Sooyong Yoon said, “We’d love to be as famous as BTS … we really want to be pop stars.”
Cowell called Korean Soul, a K-pop group from South Korea, “one of the best auditions we’ve ever had” on Tuesday after an angelic rendition of K-Ci & JoJo’s “All My Life”.
Klum said they sounded “super silky, smooth” while Mandel asked, “What makes so many talented people in Korean culture?”
But singer Nightbirde didn’t need any additional bandmates to captivate the jury.
The Ohio native, who has a “2% chance of survival” with “some cancer of the lungs, spine and liver,” shared her journey through her original song, “I’m OK.”
She earned a standing ovation. Mandel called her performance “the most authentic of the season”. Vergara called it “powerful and warm,” and Klum said Nightbirde’s voice gave her “goose bumps”.
Cowell choked on his review and said her song “really spoke to me”.
“There was something about that song after you casually told us what you were going through,” Cowell said, holding back the tears. “There have been some great singers this year and I’m not going to give you a yes, I’m going to give you something else.”
Cowell hit his coveted golden buzzer. Nightbirde took the opportunity to tell everyone that “you can’t wait until life is no longer difficult to choose to be happy.”
She added, “I have a 2% chance of survival, but 2% is not 0%. Two percent is something and I wish people knew how great it is. ”
“AGT” auditions will resume next week at 8am EST / PST on NBC.