X Factor USA contestant Neal Macomber delivered one of the most terrifying talent show auditions we’ve ever seen in 2013. It’s not often that singers scare the judges — that’s usually just the danger acts and contortionists.
Neal’s high-energy audition was particularly disturbing to judge Demi Lovato, who received much of the singer’s attention during his performance. Check out the audition in the video below.
Neal Macomber Scares Demi Lovato On ‘The X Factor’
The 45-year-old general contractor said before his audition that he wanted to “show my magic” and inspire others. He shared that he’s never been married, because he hasn’t “found the right girl yet.”
Based on his performance, it seemed like he might think the right girl was Demi Lovato. As Neal sang “Everybody Talks” by Neon Trees, he got up close and personal with the judge, who cowered away from him. He even worked her name into the song.
Demi wasn’t the only one Neal got a little too close to. He ended up running into the crowd at one point, and sang right in an audience member’s face. When he was done singing, Neal returned to Demi and petted her hair. “She’s like a cute little poodle,” he declared.
What Did The Judges Think Of Neal’s Audition?
“It was like something out of a lunatic asylum,” Simon Cowell told Neal when the audition was over. “It’s your eyes and that smile. If this was a movie, this would be like Nightmare on Elm Street or something. You’re the slasher who sings while they slash.”
Demi chimed in to say that instead of slashing people, he might just “pet your head.” Needless to say, she voted no. So did Paulina Rubio, although she told Neal, “I like you.” Kelly Rowland and Simon both voted no as well, meaning Neal didn’t get a chance to move on.
YouTube commenters have also pointed out that Neal’s nephew was cringing over the performance just as much as the audience and judges. The show cut to his reaction a few times during the audition. Maybe he should become a judge.