The 10 Most Shocking Talent Auditions Ever


We’ve seen a lot of crazy talent auditions over the years, but some of them really take the cake for the shocking ones. The judges couldn’t believe their eyes (or sometimes their ears), and you’ll probably be just as amazed.

1. BONAVEGA “America has talent”

This unique singer auditioned for the season 15 show. His performance began when he ripped off her dress to reveal a skimpy, sparkly outfit. BONAVEGA continued to dance around the stage singing an original song. He ended up jumping on the judges’ table at one point before playing electric guitar. BONAVEGA reached the quarter-finals before being eliminated.

2. Fratelli Rossi, “America has talent”

The Ricardo brothers and Alejandro Rossi form a Spanish acrobatic duo. For their audition in Season 13, they performed a dangerous tumbling routine. One sibling balancing on the other sibling’s feet while performing leaps in the air. There was a slight mishap in which one of them fell, scaring the judges. They got up and tried again without fail, which earned them a place in the next round.

3. Special header, “America’s Got Talent”

The judges weren’t sure what brand this Season 8 contestant was at first. Howard Stern even pressed his red buzzer and the audience booed the act. However, Special Head stunned them all when he appeared to levitate off the ground. All four judges (even Stern) voted to send in Special Head. He reached the quarter-finals.

4. Sascha Williams, “Britain has talent”

The judges seemed a bit annoyed with Sascha Williams before his audition, as he didn’t show much personality. However, once he started his Rola Bola routine, they changed their minds. Williams balanced on a board placed on a rolling cylinder, high on a platform. He also jumped rope and did handstands. Williams ended up balancing on a large stack of cylinders, shocking the judges when he dropped them all and landed on his feet.

5. Willie Jones, “The X Factor”

This 17-year-old singer has tried his hand at the American version of The X Factor in 2012, singing “Your Man” by Josh Turner and showing a deep country twang. Jones ended up breaking into the Top 16 in Season 2, with Demi Lovato as his mentor. He performed songs such as “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy” and “Here for the Party”.


6. Kenichi Ebina, “America’s Got Talent”

This Japanese dancer won season 8 of AGT with his unique gesture. His robotic movements blew the judges away during his audition, as he moved effortlessly through tricks that seemed nearly impossible for a human to pull off, complete with sound effects. The four judges gave him a standing ovation. He then returned to compete on AGT: the champions.

7. Brandon Coprich, “America’s Got Talent”

This flautist from Season 14 of the show put a new twist on the talent when he started stripping down in a magic mike-routine inspired by Ginuwine’s “Pony”, using her flute as a makeshift stripping stick. Things got really entertaining when host Terry Crews came out shirtless with his own flute and the duo performed a duet. Unfortunately, Coprich did not reach the next round.

8. Alex Magala, “Britain has talent”

This Moldovan artist auditioned for season 10 of BGT with a dangerous act. He swallowed a sword and performed acrobatic moves, doing back flips with the blade still in his throat. He ended up swallowing an even longer sword and climbing to the top of a pole before sliding and stopping short of hitting the ground. Unsurprisingly, Magala reached the final.

9. Ray Jessel, “America’s Got Talent”

This 84-year-old Season 9 contestant sang an original song on the keyboard. The judges did not expect it to be so risky. Jessel’s performance actually sparked some controversy for being anti-trans, prompting a statement from GLAAD. Although Jessel reached the next round of the competition, he did not reach the quarter-finals.

10. Patrizio Ratto, “America’s Got Talent”

This Italian candidate auditioned for season 14 of AGT. He started playing the piano, and the judges weren’t particularly impressed. That’s when the act totally transformed, as Ratto kicked the piano bench, ripped off his jacket and started dancing, all to classical music. The judges gave him a standing ovation.

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