America’s Got Talent featured acts of all kinds during Tuesday night’s premiere, including President Donald Trump himself. Well, not really.
A Donald Trump impersonator showed off his act in the America’s Got Talent Season 12 premiere on Tuesday, and he managed to change a lot of minds. The Trump impersonator walked on stage to roaring boos from the audience and a swift “X” from judge Mel B, while fellow judges Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, and Simon Cowell were shocked.
“Stop with the fake boos,” the impersonator quipped, at which point Cowell asked for his first name.
“You need to ask? Who do I look like!?” he responded.
The Trump impersonator stated that he was going to “Make America’s Got Talent great again. It’s going to be huge,” lampooning the president’s trademark catchphrases, which prompted more boos.
“I am here on a mission of love. It’s true,” he said.
As for his big act, he started singing Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic” while dancing around the stage as the judges and audience looked on in amusement. He then launched into a cover of Mars and Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk,” parading around the stage and getting the audience on their feet.
“Folks, if I don’t make it to the next round after that, this thing is rigged!” he proclaimed after his performance.
The judges were mostly positive about the impersonator, who was dubbed “The Singing Trump.”
“I think it’s funny, and I think in these times, this is the kind of performance we need,” Mandel said. “And you know what, you won this audience over. You’re gonna be huge.”
Cowell agreed with Mandel, saying they were all going to remember The Singing Trump.
“This is exactly the kind of originality and act we’re looking for on this show.”
“See, this is not about liking Donald Trump or not liking Donald Trump,” added Klum. “This is America’s Got Talent and you are talented. It’s the first time I really like Donald, I have to say.”
Meanwhile, Mel B remained unimpressed with The Singing Trump, saying there wasn’t enough good singing and indicated that she simply wasn’t feeling the nature of the act.
Three votes are a majority, though, and The Singing Trump moved on to the next round of the competition. The Singing Trump never revealed his true identity in this segment, choosing to leave it a mystery much like other AGT acts have done in the past.
There have been many Trump impersonators over the past few years as the businessman became the presidential candidate, who became the president of the United States. Some of the most notable impressions have come from Alec Baldwin on Saturday Night Live and Anthony Atamanuik on The President Show. President Trump himself has only taken note of Baldwin’s impression, frequently tweeting his thoughts on SNL and the actor who plays him to the world.
“Watched Saturday Night Live hit job on me,” he tweeted in October. “Time to retire the boring and unfunny show. Alec Baldwin portrayal stinks. Media rigging election!”
After he became president, Trump took to Twitter in December and slammed Baldwin’s portrayal of him again.
“Just tried watching Saturday Night Live – unwatchable! Totally biased, not funny and the Baldwin impersonation just can’t get any worse,” he tweeted. “Sad.”
Meanwhile, The Singing Trump will move on to the Judges Cut round of America’s Got Talent. Assuming he impresses the judges again, he will make it to the live quarterfinals, where America gets to vote on their favorite acts. The eventual winner receives $1 million and the chance to lead their own show in Las Vegas.
America’s Got Talent airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
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