Has “America’s Got Talent” found a future Grammy winner? During Tuesday’s audition episode, 18-year-old guitarist Marcin Patrzalek from Poland wowed “AGT” judges Howie Mandel, Gabrielle Union, Julianne Hough and Simon Cowell with his uncanny ability to mash-up Beethoven‘s “5th Symphony” and System of a Down‘s “Toxicity.” He decided to audition for NBC’s reality TV competition because it’s the “best show on earth,” but is the show ready for such an experimental performer? Watch the “AGT” performance video above.
“When I was a little kid I was fascinated with sounds,” Marcin declared in his pre-taped package. “There was a soundtrack basically going on in my head all the time composed of abstract sounds.” As he later explained to host Terry Crews, what he does is “quite weird” and “quite experimental.” When Marcin was younger he was extremely shy and kept to himself, but then he realized that he could “express himself with music.”
Throughout Marcin’s performance, which included quick strumming of the strings and loud tapping on the guitar, the judges were gobsmacked, repeatedly shouting, “Wow!” Simon even proclaimed at one point, “Very cool.”
Marcin has been discovered at just the right time, as just one month ago over on “American Idol” a fellow experimental guitarist by the name of Alejandro Aranda made it all the way to second place. That 25-year-old Pomona, California resident was praised throughout the competition for his incredible music skills, which leaves us to wonder whether Marcin could be the second coming of Alejandro. What do YOU think?
In his “AGT” live blog, our recapper John Benutty had this to say about the performance: “For 18-year-old Marcin‘s audition he used his guitar to not only play music, but to do it in a way that recreates sounds not traditionally heard form the instrument. For instance, he also used it as a drum of sorts. His way of playing actually took a lot of coordination and musicality in order to make it sound even remotely pleasant and so the judges were quite taken by his talent. Simon was most effusive in his praise, but all the judges liked him and so it was a clear run of YES to send him through.”