“Simon, I see you wore white as well. We’re exactly the same!” opera singer Prince Poppycock joked to “America’s Got Talent: The Champions” judge Simon Cowell during Monday’s third episode of NBC’s reality TV show. The effervescent performer came in fourth place back on Season 5 of “AGT” in 2010, but now he’s been invited back to the spinoff series that pits 50 acts from across the world against each other to determine who’s the ultimate champion. In Prince Poppycock’s first “AGT” appearance in nine years, he decided to take on Lady Gaga‘s “Edge of Glory” (watch above).
The 40-year-old former store clerk revealed in his pre-taped package, “I always felt like an outsider and didn’t have much self-confidence growing up. That was really one of the reasons why I came up with Prince Poppycock. As Prince Poppycock I was confident, I was bold, I was daring. The self-doubt that I have as John slips away. People all over were supporting something that they had never really seen before.”
Prince Poppycock continued, “It was the most thrilling journey of my life. After ‘America’s Got Talent’ I went back to my life as John because I always had trouble believing in myself. Coming back to ‘AGT’ I definitely do want to win. I’ve been working nonstop to make it the best act that I’ve ever done in my life. I still have a lot of dreams left. I have to prove myself again.”
After the “Edge of Glory” performance all four “America’s Got Talent” judges gave Prince Poppycock a wild standing ovation. Howie Mandel, who originally met him during his very first season, raved that he’s truly “amazing.” Mel B exclaimed that she wanted “more and more and more.” Simon praised him for his originality but then hissed that the song choice was “way too obvious.” Unfortunately, Prince Poppycock was eliminated at the end of the episode after he failed to make it into the Finals.
In his “AGT” live blog, our recapper John Benutty had this to say about Prince Poppycock’s performance: “Up next was opera singer Prince Poppycock, a performer that keeps his anxieties and self-doubt at bay through his performances in the costumes, makeup and personality of Poppycock. He explained that after the show he had trouble keeping his confidence up, but had worked hard to return to the show to prove himself. In tonight’s performance he not only looked regal, but sounded it as well. Especially when he remixed Lady Gaga‘s hit ‘Edge of Glory’ to the resounding applause of the audience.”