September 30, 2022
There's an explanation for this video of Simon Cowell singing (beautifully!) on 'AGT' stage

The notoriously caustic judge has made a career criticizing aspiring entertainers, so imagine his surprise when he saw himself onstage, singing his heart out on “America’s Got Talent.”

That’s exactly what happens in the second episode of the new season of the NBC show when a company called Metaphysic teams up with former “AGT” contestant Daniel Emmet to create a deepfake version of Cowell singing the classic Chicago ballad “You’re the Inspiration.”

In a preview of the audition, Emmet took the stage in front of a special camera with the image beamed onto a large screen over his head that made it look like Cowell was actually singing as Emmet belted out the tune. The audience and judges sat in stunned disbelief at what they were watching, and even Cowell himself was shocked.

“We’ve always said, ‘Is there such a thing as a perfect contestant? A great singer who looks incredible?’ We just found them,” Cowell said, drawing a huge round of cheers from the audience.

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