America’s Got Talent will feature a singing impressionist on Tuesday night’s show who does a number of iconic Hollywood voices, including one of the show’s own judges.
Daniel Ferguson, a 23-year-old sales representative from Ohio, is featured in a sneak peek audition for Tuesday night’s America’s Got Talent. The audition features Daniel standing in front of judges Howie Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum, and Simon Cowell and proclaiming he is going to sing for them.
He also reveals that this is his first time performing in front of an audience, which gets a bit of a reaction from the judges and the crowd.
“This is a big deal, so just take it in and you know what, don’t think about it,” Mel B advises him. “Don’t think about it, just do it. Go!”
Daniel begins his performance by awkwardly dancing to the beat of DNCE’s dance song “Cake by the Ocean,” with Cowell looking a bit puzzled. As soon as he launches into the song, though, it’s clear why he’s on the America’s Got Talent stage. Daniel begins the song as Goofy, with the character flashing behind him for audience recognition. The crowd is delighted as Daniel throws in Goofy’s trademark “ah-hyuck” laugh. He then transitions into doing an impression of Scooby-Doo, throwing in as many “Rs” as possible into the song’s verse.
As he gets to the chorus of “Cake by the Ocean” he shows off his Kermit the Frog impression complete with the Muppet’s frantic arm-waving, which the audience eats right up. Next up he does an impression of Peter Griffin from Family Guy, followed by a line in Cowell’s voice, which gets the biggest reaction from the room. Cowell is struck by the impression as Daniel drawls on in the reality TV judge’s British accent. Daniel finishes the performance by going back to Peter Griffin, then transitioning into the high voice of Mickey Mouse, and finally goes back to Peter Griffin for the song’s closing lines.
“Oh my God!” Mel B exclaims as she and the rest of the America’s Got Talent crowd got up on their feet to applaud Daniel.
The rest of the audition is cut off, but based on the reactions from the judges and the audience, it seems likely that Daniel will be sailing to the next round of America’s Got Talent — the judge cuts. It is at this point where acts are flown out to a specific location to show off their talents for the judges again. If they continue to impress the judges, they advance to the next round, the live shows.
Many of the singers that have auditioned thus far on America’s Got Talent this season have gone viral. Such singers include 9-year-old Angelica Hale, deaf singer Mandy Harvey, sad clown Puddles Pity Party, young indie singer Chase Goehring, soulful singer Yoli Mayor, impersonator The Singing Trump, and singing ventriloquist Darci Lynne. Mandy Harvey and Darci Lynne earned the Golden Buzzer, which automatically advances acts to the live shows, without having to compete in the brutal judge cuts. Mel B pressed the buzzer for Darci Lynne while Cowell pressed for Mandy Harvey.
Like in past seasons of America’s Got Talent, there will be special guest judges during the judge cut round. Guest judges for Season 12 include Laverne Cox, DJ Khaled, Chris Hardwick, and Seal. They will each get the opportunity to sit in with Mandel, Mel B, Klum, and Cowell for a round of cuts, and get to use the Golden Buzzer on an act to send them through to the live shows automatically.
America’s Got Talent airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
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