WATCH! Julianne Hough Shuts Simon Cowell Up on ‘AGT’ ⁠— Is A Beef Brewing?

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Julianne Hough has proven herself to be pretty feisty as a new AGT judge, and Simon Cowell usually gets the brunt of her attitude. This week, Julianne got in Simon’s face during the judging, and challenged his opinions about several acts.


So is there a beef brewing between these two judges, or is it all in good fun? Either way, it makes for some pretty entertaining TV, and many viewers likely enjoy seeing the former Mr. Nasty taken down a peg.

Watch Julianne Hough shut Simon Cowell up and well, AGT was shook, we were shook and so are you. Don’t lie.

Julianne Hough Gets In Simon Cowell’s Face

In a moment you might have missed, Julianne got in Simon’s face at one point on Tuesday night, leaning in to tell him, “You’re absolutely insane.” With a smirk, he can be seen asking her, “Why?”

Julianne also made sure to include a dig at Simon during her critique of contortionist Marina Mazepa, which Simon buzzed.


“You are so weird, and I love weird,” Julianne told Marina. “You are a creature, and you unleashed that creature, and I thought that creature was gonna eat that little stinker over there. I think you should have.”

Watch the start of Simon Cowell and Julianne Hough’s rivalry on AGT

Julianne Hough Covers Simon Cowell’s Mouth To Shut Him Up

Julianne even went so far as to cover Simon’s mouth so he couldn’t say anything negative about Light Balance Kids this week. “Don’t say it,” she said, putting her hands over his mouth.

Simon pushed her away and continued with his critique. Whereas he’s previously taken a playful approach to her teasing, here he seemed a little annoyed by it, and just wanted to get on with the judging.

Julianne Hough Confronts Simon Cowell

This week wasn’t the first time Julianne has had a disagreement with Simon. During the auditions, she fought to press his buzzer for a terrible act. He pushed her away, and she ended up using her foot to press it. It was a memorable moment for sure, and it was just the start of this pair’s rivalry.


Notably, Julianne previously called Simon out for his sexist habit of saying “Meow” when she criticized an all-female act, implying a catfight. “Somebody kick him the next time he meows,” she told the other judges, even threatening to spit her drink in Simon’s face.

Do Julianne And Simon Get Along?

So is Julianne’s confrontational approach to Simon all in good fun, or do the judges really not get along? We’re betting it’s the former.

After all, Julianne isn’t the only judge to call Simon out this season. Gabrielle Union recently reminded Simon that he had previously encouraged girl group GFORCE to take more control over their music, and therefore contradicted himself when he told them to have someone else write their songs.

It could be that Julianne simply has more opportunity to spat with Simon since she sits directly next to him. Interestingly, when she first started the show, Julianne commented on how he’s changed into a nicer version of his former self, adding that he’s also “really random.”

We’ll just have to wait and see how this tense relationship plays out as Season 14 continues. Something tells us it’s definitely not over.

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