A mighty storm hit America's Got Talent on Tuesday night (June 15), and we're all the better for it.
Stepping up to the stage, the California hopeful Storm Large (yes, that's her real name) impressed immediately with her shock of red hair, and down-to-earth confidence.
When she admitted her age (51), Simon Cowell seemed thrilled. "Have we met before?" he asked. "We were so young," she quipped in response.
Watch T.3 Go 'Into the Unknown' With Their Sky-High Notes on 'America's Got Talent' Storm then unleashed a stunning, torch arrangement of "I've Got You Under My Skin." In the later stages, that jazz standard turned ferocious as she belted out high notes with all the gusto of a rock 'n' roll pro.
A standing ovation followed, all four judges applauding on their feet. Viewers at home also loved what they saw. Among them, the legendary Canadian singer K.D. Lang who tweeted: "Awesome storm. You nailed it!"
Tuesday’s America’s Got Talent episode was only an hour long due to a two-hour Summer Olympics trials special airing earlier on NBC. But those 60 minutes were packed with dazzling talent, including Olympics-worthy martial artists World Taekwondo Demonstration Team (who earned host Terry Crews’s Golden Buzzer) and edgy standup comic Kabir Singh, who somehow managed to make the taboo topic of serial killers uproariously funny. But one serial-killer-esque contestant’s standout audition was no laughing matter.
“Do not try to adjust your television. There is nothing wrong with your screen. Do not try to resist. I am in control now,” boomed an ominous warning, as an axe-wielding masked mentalist disrupted the broadcast with a staticky flash of television test patterns, then wordlessly skulked onto the stage looking like a steampunk Weeknd or the villain from some sort of Hellraiser reboot. That sure was a hell of a goosebump-raising entrance — and the AGT judges, even the usually unflappable Simon Cowell, were shook. (Simon didn’t totally lose his cool or his sense of humor, however, later quipping, “I never knew Howie [Mandel] had a twin!”)
The menacing mystery magician then popped a dusty old-school cassette tape into a rusty Radio Shack player, and out croaked an evil Scream voice reciting his list of demands. That distorted, disembodied cassette voice chillingly proclaimed: “My name is Klek Entòs. And I am the sum of all your fears.”
Klek handed judge Sofia Vergara a vial of ink and ordered her to create a Rorschach test, then asked Terry what that still-wet ink-blot pattern resembled. I thought it looked like a scorpion or some sort of creepy crustacean, but Terry answered, “A spider.” I am sure that the judges were wishing that Terry had seen an adorable puppy or bunny rabbit in those ink splotches instead, because Klek immediately cracked open a box filled with “the power to make your imagination come to life” and revealed — you guessed it — a live, wriggling tarantula.