We all know that Simon Cowell is hard to impress, but did these contestants get the memo?
In 2019, married couple Katherine and Joe O’Malley took the stage at Britan’s Got Talent to perform their rendition of Frozen‘s “Let It Go”. Katherine dressed as Elsa, and her hubby wore a reindeer Sven onesie. It didn’t take long for Simon to look horrified and smack his red buzzer… judge Alesha Dixon, meanwhile, waited until the end to signal she didn’t want the pair to advance. The other two judges, surprisingly, didn’t tap their buzzers.
It’s hard to say what was more entertaining– the performance itself, or Cowell’s reaction to the performance. When it was his time to speak, Cowell said, “I’m not being rude, but what in the bloody hell was that… and I don’t know what that is,” he added, pointing to Sven.
The audience made it clear they were big fans, and most got on their feet to applaud the singers. It was around that time that Simon told his fellow judges, “I’m gonna leave it up to you,” and left the stage.
Interestingly enough, the O’Malley’s made it through to the next round.
2019 wasn’t the O’Malley’s first time auditioning for Britain’s Got Talent— both Katherine and her husband auditioned for Series 12, 13, and 14, and made it to the semi-finals in the latter.
During their first audition for the show, they submitted themselves under the name ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and dressed as those characters– they performed “Something There” from the movie’s soundtrack.
Most recently, the pair returned for Series 14 as Ariel and Sebastian from The Little Mermaid.
Cowell was by no means a fan of their Little Mermaid performance and said that of the three times they’ve shown up on the BGT stage, this was the worst. David, however, called them the “spirit” of Britan’s Got Talent.
Fortunately, the couple’s career appears to be flourishing; after their time on BGT, they performed alongside comedians Francine Lewis, Robert White, Steve Royle, and Lost Voice Guy for a skit during the Britain’s Got Talent Spectacular.
Unfortunately for those who agree with Simon’s takes on the audition, the 61-year-old will not be judging this season of American Idol, which returns in February.
Instead, Katy Perry will judge the show, alongside Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan.
According to The Daily Mail, the judges will be following social distancing precautions and will be spread out on separate tables during auditions.
And instead of the crew traveling across the country to set up for auditions, the singers will be flown to one of just three locations in California.
In a press release, Karey Burke, president of ABC Entertainment, shared, “American Idol has always been able to bring people together, entertain and inspire, and I am so proud of how this show continued to deliver joy and laughter.”
American Idol will return to ABC for its fourth season on Valentine’s Day, February 14.