Stand-up comedian Tom Cotter has a friend in supermodel Heidi Klum. After curmudgeonly judge Simon Cowell pushed his red X midway through Tom’s act during the third episode of “America’s Got Talent: The Champions,” Heidi told Simon, “That was totally wrong!” Tom previously came in second place to Olate Dogs during Season 7 of “AGT” in 2012, which he mentioned during his new routine in the spinoff series. Unfortunately, Simon thought that his jokes about losing to dogs and about having twins were just “ordinary,” which is why he hit his buzzer. Watch Tom’s performance video above and read the judges’ comments below.
Howie Mandel: “Well, Tom, oh my gosh. That’s the yin and the yang of comedy, and we’ll start with the yang.”
Simon Cowell: “Tom, I’m gonna be honest with you. Unlike some of the people I’ve really loved — whether it’s Preacher Lawson or Vicki Barbolak recently, who I remember for their personality and being unique and standout — to me, this was just ordinary. I’m really, really sorry.”
Heidi Klum: “I totally disagree with Simon. I totally do. I love your delivery. I love your jokes. I also love that you just continued on after that loud buzzer from Simon Cowell that was really unnecessary … not for someone who is really good. That was totally wrong! I thought it was excellent.”
Mel B: “You were quick. You were confident. And the jokes just kept on coming. You did really, really, really well.”
Howie Mandel: “Tom, I truly believe that you are a champion. I truly believe that you are a very slick, well-seasoned comic. But as many people as love you, there are people that don’t like you. The beauty here is now it’s up to those 50 states and those Superfans and if they’re laughing, they can vote you through. It doesn’t make it any less. It just shows you how tough this competition is.”
In his “AGT” live blog, our recapper John Benutty had this to say about Tom Cotter’s performance: “Before his set formally began Tom was able to sneak in a couple of jokes about how depressing it was for him to be the runner-up to a dog act. Sadly that’s also how is set began and it wasn’t a good start because shortly into it he got a red X buzz from Simon! It was a rough move by Simon, but in his explanation during critiques it made sense because, yes, the set was “ordinary” even if the other judges disagreed.”