FILE - In this March 3, 2016 file photo, Simon Cowell arrives at the "America's Got Talent" Season 11 Red Carpet Kickoff in Pasadena, Calif. Cowell will serve as judge on "America's Got Talent" through 2019. NBC said Tuesday, Oct. 4, that Cowell has signed on as part of the talent show's judging panel for three more seasons.
Philadelphia Eagles long snapper Jon Dorenbos is a two-time Pro Bowler but hardly a household name. Dorenbos stunned all four judges – including the notoriously cynical Simon Cowell – with his magic tricks during an audition for "America's Got Talent," which aired Tuesday night on NBC. He took up magic at age 12 after his father was convicted of murdering Dorenbos' mother. When asked why he was auditioning even with a successful football career, the 14-year player joked that NFL stands for "Not For Long." If his performance on the show is any indication, Dorenbos has a long career in magic ahead of him when his playing days are over.
It takes something special to impress Simon Cowell, but whatever it is, 16-year-old Calysta Bevier has it in spades. The singer wowed the judges on America's Got Talent with her gorgeous rendition of Rachel Platten's "Fight Song," and her astounding story -- Bevier is a survivor of Stage 3 ovarian cancer -- made the audition even more heartwarming. "I just had this feeling when you walked out -- I can't explain it," Cowell said after the performance. I think you're really special. I've just got this really incredible feeling about you, I really do."
After 10 seasons of "America's Got Talent," you might think you've seen it all. He's a well-dressed Canadian stunt man, who just happens to make his living in Las Vegas -- sticking 15 inch meat hooks up his nose! Judges Mel B. and Heidi Klum are horrified. Howie Mandel loves the act but can barely watch. He attaches a bowling ball to the end of the hook and swings it back and forth.
A homeless teenager from Baltimore received the final golden buzzer Wednesday night on "America's Got Talent." But it was a congratulatory hug from guest judge Louis Tomlinson that left 14 year-old Jayna Brown jumping up and down and shouting, "I am going to die!" Prior to her cover of the Audra Day hit "Rise Up", the young singer was visibly trembling as she stood in front of the One Direction star. "It is not just one thing with you," Tomlinson told her. "It's not just the voice. You have everything and it is so infectious to watch you perform!" Judge Simon Cowell declared: "You, young lady, have just turned this competition upside down." Jayna was one of the final seven acts to advance to the live rounds of the competition, which kick off July 26 in Los Angeles.