The 10 Most Shocking Talent Show Auditions Ever

Jill O'Rourke
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We’ve seen plenty of crazy talent show auditions over the years, but some of them really take the cake for most shocking. The judges couldn’t believe their eyes (or sometimes their ears), and you’ll probably be just as amazed.

1. BONAVEGA ‘America’s Got Talent’

This unique singer auditioned for the show in Season 15. His performance started when he tore off his robe to reveal a skimpy, sparkly outfit. BONAVEGA went on to dance around the stage singing an original song. He ended up jumping onto the judges’ table at one point before playing the electric guitar. BONAVEGA made it to the Quarterfinals before being eliminated.

2. Fratelli Rossi, ‘America’s Got Talent’

Brothers Ricardo and Alejandro Rossi are an acrobatic duo from Spain. For their audition in Season 13, they performed a dangerous tumbling routine. One brother balanced on the other brother’s feet while performing flips in the air. There was a slight mishap in which one of them fell, scaring the judges. They got back up and tried it again flawlessly, earning them a spot in the next round.

3. Special Head, ‘America’s Got Talent’

The judges didn’t know what the make of this Season 8 contestant at first. Howard Stern even hit his red buzzer, and the audience booed the act. However, Special Head blew them all away when he appeared to levitate off the ground. All four judges (even Stern) voted to send Special Head through. He made it to the Quarterfinals.

4. Sascha Williams, ‘Britain’s Got Talent’

The judges seemed a little bored by Sascha Williams before his audition, as he didn’t show much personality. However, once he started his Rola Bola routine, they changed their minds. Williams balanced on a board placed on a rolling cylinder, high up on a platform. He also jumped rope and did a handstand. Williams finished by balancing on a tall stack of cylinders, shocking the judges when he let them all fall and landed on his feet.

5. Willie Jones, ‘The X Factor’

This 17-year-old singer tried out for the American version of The X Factor in 2012, singing “Your Man” by Josh Turner and showing off a deep country twang. Jones ended up making it to the Top 16 of Season 2, with Demi Lovato as his mentor. He performed songs such as “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy” and “Here for the Party.”


6. Kenichi Ebina, ‘America’s Got Talent’

This Japanese dancer won Season 8 of AGT with his unique act. His robotic moves blew the judges away in his audition, as he moved effortlessly to tricks that seemed almost impossible for a human to perform, complete with sound effects. All four judges gave him a standing ovation. He later returned to compete on AGT: The Champions.

7. Brandon Coprich, ‘America’s Got Talent’

This flautist from Season 14 of the show put a new twist on the talent when he started stripping in a Magic Mike-inspired routine set to “Pony” by Ginuwine, using his flute as a makeshift stripper pole. Things got really entertaining when host Terry Crews came out shirtless with his own flute, and the pair performed a duet. Unfortunately, Coprich didn’t make it to the next round.

8. Alex Magala, ‘Britain’s Got Talent’

This Moldovan performer auditioned for Season 10 of BGT with a dangerous act. He swallowed a sword and performed acrobatic moves, doing backflips with the blade still in his throat. He ended up swallowing an even longer sword and climbing to the top of a pole before sliding down and stopping himself before he hit the floor. Unsurprisingly, Magala made it to the Finals.

9. Ray Jessel, ‘America’s Got Talent’

This 84-year-old contestant from Season 9 sang an original song on the keyboard. The judges weren’t expecting it to be quite so risqué. Jessel’s performance actually caused some controversy for being anti-trans, sparking a statement from GLAAD. Although Jessel made it to the next round of the competition, he didn’t get to the Quarterfinals.

10. Patrizio Ratto, ‘America’s Got Talent’

This Italian contestant auditioned for Season 14 of AGT. He started out playing the piano, and the judges weren’t especially impressed. That’s when the act totally transformed, as Ratto kicked away the piano bench, tore off his jacket, and started dancing, all set to classical music. The judges gave him a standing ovation.

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