Simon Cowell betrays Sofía Vergara in botched harmful act
Performing on “America’s Got Talent” has to be nerve-wracking, but knowing you’re about to sing what Simon Cowell thinks is the “worst song” is another level of pressure.
Jimmie Herrod, 30, brought down the house with his “incredible” voice on “Tomorrow” from 1982 “Annie”. But he wouldn’t have performed the song at all if it had been up to Cowell.
“You know this is (the) worst song in the world,” Cowell said before Herrod auditioning during the episode on Tuesday. “You should do another song.”
A shy Herrod replied, “I have no one else.”
It’s a good thing Herrod didn’t change after Cowell judged a book by its cover, because he turned the grumpy judge into an “Annie” believer. Cowell gave Herrod a standing ovation, adding, “Wow wow wow. It’s not (the) worst song anymore.”
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The only person who was not on her feet in the entire auditorium after Herrod’s performance was Sofía Vergara. “I didn’t like it that much,” Vergara said, followed by a long pause that seemed to last for two minutes.
“I loved it,” exclaimed Vergara, who hit the golden buzzer and sent Herrod straight to the live shows. “That was so great. I got goose bumps. You deserve it.”
Cowell was really taken aback by Vergara’s excitement: “You got us! That was good.”
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Now it was Cowell’s turn to outsmart Vergara, who is known to find it difficult to endure dangerous acts. Cowell enlisted the help of stunt couple Ryan Stock & Amberlynn, who competed in season 11 and went viral after a botched crossbow stunt.
“I was shot in the neck with a burning arrow,” Stock said before the duo’s fake audition.
And they have a good reputation. “I don’t know you guys, but I heard the stories,” Vergara said.
After successfully completing several crossbow stunts, the couple called Cowell and Vergara to recreate a dangerous crossbow stunt. Stock positioned Cowell with a balloon over his head while Amberlynn Vergara blindfolded and led her to the crossbow.
After Vergara was blindfolded, Amberlynn removed the arrow from the crossbow without telling Vergara. The “AGT” production team then hurried silently onto the stage to create the appearance that Cowell had been bowled into his heart, complete with prosthetic blood.
When Cowell was on the ground, Amberlynn instructed an ignorant Vergara to pull the trigger. Everyone joined in by gasping for air and calling for a medic.
After several arduous minutes, during which Vergara believed she had impaled Cowell, the impostor revealed to his colleague: “I have you. I am alive.”
Vergara wasn’t impressed and looked visibly upset. “You know that I am Colombian and that we are taking revenge,” she said.
Continue to play. America’s Got Talent is back on NBC next week at 8:00 p.m. EST / PST.
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