“America’s Got Talent” judge Simon Cowell just can’t help himself. At the start of 20-year-old Joseph O’Brien‘s vocal performance during the Judge Cuts 2 episode, Simon interrupted the never-been-kissed Tennessee native and made him sing another song. Joseph chose something he wrote and ended up wowing Simon, Heidi Klum, Mel B, Howie Mandel and guest judge Olivia Munn. Thanks to Simon’s rude interruption, Joseph was able to show a different side of himself and ended up advancing to the “AGT” live shows. Watch the “Americas Got Talent” performance video above, and then read the judges’ comments below.
Mel B: “There’s no doubt that you have a great sounding voice, but here on this stage you have to be larger than life, you have to give everything. I know there’s more in you than just that.”
Olivia: “You are clearly very, very talented. I like the second one so much more. I’m gonna be pushing for you to go to the next round.”
Simon: “I really do like your voice. I think it’s so hard to bond when there’s pressure and I think what we just saw with you there is that you’ve got this fighting spirit in you. You’re not just prepared just to take it. You gave something back. I like that.”
Heidi: “He does have a beautiful voice.”
In his “AGT” live blog, our recapper Denton Davidson declared, “The charming, small-town singer-songwriter will perform a cover of ‘I Can’t Fight This Feeling’ by REO Speedwagon. Joseph has an undeniable ability to connect with the lyrics, but within seconds Simon stops the performance. Taking a chance, Joseph sits back at the piano to perform an original song. The judges look on smiling. Clearly he has struck a cord, but I thought he was doing just fine with his first song. There’s something special about Joseph.”