Simon Stops “Karaoke” Audition, Demands Second Song. And The ‘AGT’ Contestant Delivers An Emotional Original
When “America’s Got Talent” contestant Hunter Price auditioned, he thought he’d put his spin on a hugely popular throwback song that also won him a karaoke competition. The 25-year-old country crooner and Georgia native started to sing Bryan Adams’ 1991 colossal hit, “(Everything I Do) I Do For You.” However, he didn’t get very far into the song before judge Simon Cowell put the brakes on him.
“Hang on,” Cowell said during the final night of Season 13 auditions. “Hunter, what you were doing was very generic. Forget about the karaoke competitions, I’ve heard that a million times.” Whether it was the fact that Adams’ No. 1 “Robin Hood” theme song was overplayed for 16 weeks on the airwaves in the U.K. or the mention of karaoke, Cowell wasn’t buying it.
Cowell grilled the poor fella and requested something original to showcase him as an artist and not a karaoke singer. After Price confessed that he wanted to be “like Taylor Swift,” as a songwriter, that still wasn’t good enough for Cowell. Then Price revealed that music got him through tough times, like not having enough money to eat. Watch Price keep his cool, return to his guitar, and perform an original tune called “Left Behind.”