Thomas Day Clears Confusion About Controversial ‘AGT’ Wildcard [VIDEO]
On Tuesday night, 17-year-old singer Thomas Day returned to America’s Got Talent as a wildcard in the semifinals. The decision to bring him back angered some fans, who thought it was unfair that he skipped the quarterfinals and seemed to have dropped out of the competition voluntarily.
Before his latest performance, however, Thomas revealed that he missed the last round because he tested positive for COVID-19. There’s just one problem with that — he previously told fans a completely different story. Now many on social media are calling him a liar and saying he doesn’t deserve a spot on the competition.
Thomas Day Says He Had COVID-19
Thomas explained that he was rehearsing for the quarterfinals in Hollywood when his mom tested positive for COVID-19. He separated from her for two weeks, but still ended up testing positive himself.
On the final day of his quarantine, Thomas says AGT invited him back to the show as a wildcard. “We don’t know how long we’re on this earth for,” Thomas said before performing “When the Party’s Over” by Billie Eilish.
But this isn’t the story Thomas previously shared with fans. A Reddit user recently paid for a Cameo video of Thomas explaining his reason for leaving. In that clip, Thomas said he “couldn’t make it because of football.”
Now that he’s revealed he actually had COVID, fans are angry at him for charging money to share something that apparently wasn’t even true. Some Twitter users called him a liar and told people not to vote for him.
Fans Angry About Thomas’ Return To ‘AGT’
In addition to sharing their anger over the show’s choice to welcome Thomas back, some fans are questioning why he would lie about his reason for leaving in the first place.
Even before he was announced as a wildcard, there were hints that football wasn’t the real reason he had to drop out. A Reddit user responded to a negative comment about him by saying they have “no idea what this kid has been through,” adding that he “doesn’t want to give it out to people who aren’t close to him.”
Thomas himself also replied to an Instagram comment saying “you have no idea what I have been through” and that “it will make sense once you hear what actually happened.”
But the problem isn’t just that Thomas changed his story — it’s that he charged someone money for an apparently untrue explanation. If he wasn’t allowed to share the real reason for his absence, he shouldn’t have accepted payment.
Some fans are unaware that Thomas ever said anything different about his withdrawal from the show. They simply enjoyed his most recent performance and are happy he’s recovered from the virus. Other viewers are clearly angry enough not to vote for him.
How will this affect Thomas’ chances in the competition? We’ll find out Wednesday night if he made it to the finals.