“This is the stage of the competition where you’ve gotta stand out from the pack,” “America’s Got Talent” judge Simon Cowell scolded singer Noah Guthrie after stopping him midway through his first song. When the former “Glee” star said that his second song choice was The Allman Brothers‘ “Whipping Post,” Simon responded simply, “Let me hear that, please.” Noah then belted out a gritty version of the rock anthem that had “AGT” judges Simon, Heidi Klum, Mel B, Howie Mandel and Martina McBride up on their feet. The singer/guitarist easily sailed through to the live shows. Watch the “Americas Got Talent” performance video above and read the judges’ comments below.
Mel: “Well, even though I loved the first song lyrics, I wasn’t quite sure where you were going with it. The second song was so much more you. Not only did we get to hear your voice, but we got to see more of your personality.”
Howie: “I think Simon says this more than anybody. The word ‘choice.’ You know, it’s choices. When you sang The Allman Brothers that was just out of the park for me. Personally, I think you have it.”
Heidi: “For me, it’s like I just really love the tone of your voice. It’s very heartfelt, the way you sing.”
Martina: “Careers change, you know? Things change. You said you were trying to get back to that. Well, I would say from tonight you are well on your way, sir.”
Simon: “My only struggle right now is I think that if you go forward, you’ve gotta do something surprising the first time. You shouldn’t need a second chance. But having said that, I don’t even think we’ve come close to realizing how good you could be. Well done.”
In his “AGT” live blog, our recapper John Benutty declared, “Next up was singer-songwriter Noah Guthrie who was part of the ‘Glee’ cast before it was canceled and is now looking for his second chance at stardom. The judges loved Noah’s first audition, but tonight Simon had to stop him in the middle of the song due to poor song choice. Luckily he allowed Noah to try another, ‘Whipping Post’ by The Allman Brothers, and was able to reclaim the support of the panel. Mel said that the second song was much more his style and allowed her to see more of his personality and hear the tone of his voice better.”