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WATCH The ‘AGT’ Tambourine Act Simon Cowell Called ‘Bonkers’

Jill O'Rourke

Jill O'Rourke

During Season 14 of AGT, a contestant named Gonzo entertained and baffled the judges at the same time. The tambourine player from Japan had some crazy moves.


It’s not the only Got Talent show Gonzo has appeared on over the years. Check out his audition in the video below, and read on to find out what the judges thought of his performance.

Gonzo Auditions For ‘AGT’ With His Tambourine

Gonzo appeared on stage with a translator, and introduced himself as a tambourine player from Tokyo. At first, he was wearing a tuxedo, but he briefly left the stage to change into a new outfit, featuring a bowtie and leggings.

Gonzo set his audition to “The Final Countdown” by Europe. Wearing a serious expression, he danced along to the music and hit the tambourine against his body. At one point, he played it against his face. The audience was clearly amused, and the judges couldn’t stop smiling.


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“There are no words to describe what we have just seen,” judge Howie Mandel said, pointing out how impressed he was by Gonzo’s thong look. Julianne Hough said she couldn’t stop looking at his white sneakers, while Gabrielle Union joked that he “literally played your face off.”

Simon Cowell called it “bonkers,” adding, “My mind is somewhere else, and I want to press delete, and I can’t right now.” The AGT judges voted to send Gonzo through to the next round, and he made it all the way to the quarterfinals.


Watch Gonzo’s ‘BGT’ Audition

The same year Gonzo competed on America’s Got Talent, he also appeared on Britain’s Got Talent. Some commenters on the AGT audition have wondered why Simon acted like he didn’t recognize him, and pointed out that Gonzo didn’t use a translator on BGT. It just makes the act even more bizarre.

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For his BGT audition, Gonzo wore the same outfit, but he performed to “Livin’ La Vida Loca” by Ricky Martin. David Walliams called him a “sex machine.” Simon told him he knew he’d be “amazing” when he walked out. Gonzo made it to the semifinals.

Gonzo also previously competed on Asia’s Got Talent. According to his website, his dream is to “stop conflicts around the world with a tambourine.” You can follow Gonzo’s Instagram account to keep up with him.

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About the Author

Jill O'Rourke
Jill O’Rourke is a contributor at Talent Recap, writing news stories and recaps for shows like ‘AGT,’ ‘The Voice,’ and ‘American Idol.’ She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and Film Studies, and has been writing about pop culture since 2012, with previous bylines at Crushable and A Plus. Jill spends her free time binge-watching sitcoms and daydreaming about life as a hobbit

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