File this under things you thought you’d never see. Simon Cowell, who infamously hates karaoke singing, just put through such an act on “America’s Got Talent” during Tuesday’s audition episode. The catch? The singer in question was actually a karaoke comedian named Andy Rowell, who made the bold decision to sing along to The Champs‘ “Tequila,” which infamously only has one lyric.
At first the audience and judges (Simon, Howie Mandel, Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough) seemed put off when Andy just stood there, waiting for the instrumental to end. But by the halfway mark everyone was fully on-board his awkward comedy routine and he ended up making it to the next stage of the competition. Watch the “AGT” performance video above and read the judges’ comments below.
Simon: “I’d like to hear the whole album actually. It was so stupid I loved it.”
Julianne: “I have props to you because I feel like it’s actually hard to be doing that, to get that kind of reaction. So I actually think it’s brilliant. Well done.”
Gabrielle: “It’s so wrong it’s right. I want to see what the next song is.”
Howie: “Song choice is always important on this. Not only the song choice but your exuberance and your excitement — I love you.”
In his “AGT” live blog, our recapper John Benutty had this to say about the performance: “Despite knowing that Simon does not like karaoke (at all!), Andy Rowell took the stage with his karaoke machine. As it turns out , Andy wasn’t actually going to sing–instead it was a bit of a comedy/spoof act because he chose the song ‘Tequila’ that only has the word ‘tequila’ uttered three times. In their critiques, Simon said ‘it was stupid [he] loved it’ and Gabrielle said it was ‘so wrong it’s right.’ Apparently they were taken enough by the act and wanted to see what song he’d choose next so it was a clean sweep of YES to send him through to the next round.”