Prankster Lee Nelson Fools ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ With The Rapping Rabbi
The Britain’s Got Talent judges were sitting in a giant auditorium, full to capacity, watching the final auditions for the show. Out steps an Orthodox Jew named Steven Goldblatt. He calls himself the rapping rabbi. He then begins a rap song about how awesome Britain is. The audience goes nuts and he gets four yeses from the judges. The only problem? There is no Steven Goldblatt. It’s really British prankster Lee Nelson.
Nelson is famous for causing all kinds of mischief. He’s gotten on stage at a Kanye West show and showered the head of Fifa with fake money. Usually his pranks are quick ambushes that are over in a matter of seconds. But when he took on Britain’s Got Talent, he decided to go for the long con. He wanted to prove that if you tick certain criteria, you can get on the show no matter how bad your act is. He believed that if you give them a good sob story, are unique in some way, are patriotic, and kiss the judge’s butts that you can make it all the way to the broadcast. He nearly did.
He got a makeup artist to transform him into a stereotypical Orthodox Jew. He wore a fake nose, side curls, and a bushy beard. He went to the cattle call audition and made it to the next round. Eventually, he gets in front of the actual judges. He fools all four of them with his truly terrible rap song. They all give him yeses and it looked like he was going to the live show. Then…someone figured it out. He was Lee Nelson and had fooled them all.
It’s kind of interesting that he was so right about what it takes to get on the show. To make it to the end you, of course, need to be really talented. But a few turds definitely slip through and are broadcast over Her majesty’s airwaves.