In an unexpected turn on America’s Got Talent, Wesley Plumber, a 36-year-old singer with nervous energy, defied expectations with a surprising twist during his 1985 performance of ABBA’s “Take A Chance On Me.” Despite an initial rejection by the judges due to a bum note, an audience member passionately advocated for Wesley, leading to an extraordinary moment.
The ‘audience member’ revealed himself by launching into a spirited song pleading for another chance, garnering support from others in the audience, even the camera guy.
A group of singers joined Wesley on stage, delivering a triumphant rendition of “Take A Chance On Me.” The surprise escalated as a massive choir and the UCLA marching band stormed the studio with brass instruments, creating a joyous atmosphere.
Wesley seamlessly continued the performance, and at the end, he disclosed that the entire spectacle was orchestrated by the New York City performance art group Improv Everywhere. The judges—Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Sofía Vergara, and Howie Mandel—were divided in their opinions.
Klum praised the fun and lighthearted nature, giving a yes vote. Vergara, while acknowledging the spectacle, gave a no vote, citing a lack of surprise. Cowell defended the surprise element, expressing admiration for the audition and giving a yes vote, aligning with the enthusiastic audience response.
However, Howie Mandel emerged as the skeptic, deeming the performance suitable for a party gag but not for the show. Despite the audience’s chants for a yes vote, Howie delivered a hard no, drawing boos and disapproval from both the audience and host Terry Crews. In this tale, Howie played the role of the villain, earning disapproval even from the revered Terry Crews.
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