Mel B walked off Tuesday’s “America’s Got Talent after Simon Cowell made an insulting joke and escape artist Demian Aditya’s stunt went wrong during the live semifinals. See videos below.
As Gossip Cop reported, Aditya blew away the judges during the auditions when he was put into a glass box and had to escape from chains before heavy sand would render immobile. Needless to say, he made it out. Then during the Judge Cuts, Aditya was seemingly buried alive. For that, he was not just chained but also handcuffed and only had a bobby pin at his disposal when he was put into a coffin. Much like at a cemetery, men then shoveled dirt on top of him. Panic ensued when the interior camera feed went out, and both the contestant’s wife and judge Simon Cowell genuinely thought the worst had happened.
Though that stunt aired more than a month ago, Gossip Cop still won’t spoil the end result except to say Aditya is just fine. And more than fine, he’s still in the running to win the NBC talent competition’s $1 million prize. But to continue his journey towards that goal, the daredevil magician now had to do a new performance, and on live television to boot. And it did not go as planned. Aditya started off by being handcuffed inside a wooden box that was nailed shut. The supposed goal was to escape before the rope suspending it in the air broke from the flame of a blow torch. If the box fell, it would land on lit spikes.
At some point, though, something malfunctioned. “Is that it?” Cowell asked. Mel B insisted, “He’s gonna appear from somewhere.” But as time passed with much confusion, she hit her red X. Finally, Aditya did appear, running out behind the judges, at which point Cowell buzzed, too. But then host Tyra Banks came out on stage and revealed there was a technical problem. No matter, the judges were peeved by the act. But the music mogul arguably went too far when he cracked, “I’m kind of imagining this would be like Mel B’s wedding night: A lot of anticipation, not much promise or delivery.”
Though the pair often playfully banter and diss each other, Mel seemed genuinely angry. She threw her drink on Cowell, getting some on Heidi Klum in the process, and then stormed off, apparently headed backstage. After a commercial break, she was back in her chair, and admitted after the following act that the night had been a “rollercoaster.”