Many familiar faces have auditioned for America’s Got Talent this season, including two powerhouses The Voice contestants (Brooke Simpson, who made it to 3rd place thereon show in 2017, and this week’s AGT hopeful Sarah Potenza, a four-chair standout from 2015); Last Comic Standing winner Josh Blue; and even identical-twin standup act the Sklar Brothers (who’ve had their own successful shows on MTV, Comedy Central, and ESPN).
In those cases, the judges and AGT host Terry Crews played dumb and never mentioned the contestants’ past experience. But on this week’s penultimate auditions episode, they couldn’t feign ignorance when arguably the foremost superstar to ever try for AGT surprisingly showed up. “I do not know what to mention, man. you’re a legend to me,” gasped Terry. “We know you!” exclaimed a good more excited Simon Cowell. “I cannot tell you ways thrilled I’m that you simply are here!” “You are a trailblazer. … many thanks such a lot for being here,” Howie Mandel later raved.
“I’m Michael Winslow. … I wont to be ‘The Man of 10,000 Sound Effects’ — but we’re within the many thousands now,” proclaimed the 62-year-old self-described “voicetramentalist.” Fans of ‘80s popcorn cinema surely recognized Michael Winslow the moment he opened his mouth — if not before, even as Terry, Simon, Howie, and therefore the remainder of the AGT cast did Tuesday. Michael played officer Larvell Jones altogether seven academy movies (and therein hugely popular franchise’s spinoff television series as well), and he also had roles in box-office hits like Gremlins and Mel Brooks’s Spaceballs. At the peak of his fame, he even appeared at the 1986 Oscars ceremony, presenting the simplest Sound Effects Editing award to Back to the longer term. But while a skim of Michael’s Wikipedia and IMDB pages shows that he’s worked rather steadily since then, he stated on AGT that he’d scaled back his career to specialize in the family after his first wife, Belinda Church, died in 1993.
(Several reports online cite a drug overdose because of the explanation for Belinda’s death, but Michael glossed over his backstory’s more harrowing details during his pre-performance interview with Terry.) “I always did this, and this was just a neighborhood of me. I have been making sounds since I used to be a child,” said Michael, as he explained that as an “Air Force brat” who moved frequently while growing up, he had to make his own imaginary friends. “So, after high school, I hitchhiked to l. a., and that I didn’t know where to travel. I didn’t know what I used to be getting to do. I just knew that I wanted to try to do this. then I ended up being a part of this movie called academy, and suddenly my life changed from there. … I ended up doing pretty well! But I ended making movies because I quit the business for my children. I had to boost them because I became a widower.”
Michael then delighted the judges with an array of (as Sofia Vergara worded it) “not human” airplane and transistor-radio noises, also as a beatboxing rendition of Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust” that appeared to especially impress Heidi Klum — although I’d been hoping that he’d perform his aptly titled original single “I Am my very own Walkman,” which (fun fact!) respectably charted at No. 60 in Australia in 1985. Michael was unsurprisingly very comfortable onstage Tuesday (another fun fact: His very first TV appearance was on The Gong Show, which was basically America’s Got Talent of the 1970s), albeit he seemed a touch winded after his fun routine. And he earned an ovation and 4 “gigantic yeses” from the panel.
“I always say the simplest races i really like watching, because I really like motor-racing, is usually all the large champions come and that they battle with the rookies. which makes it a correct competition. So, the very fact that you’ve come and you’ve set a typical here is simply so thrilling on behalf of me. I’m absolutely ecstatic. That’s how you are doing it,” proclaimed Simon. Of course, some AGT viewers won’t think it totally fair for a champion with Michael Winslow’s résumé to compete against Season 16’s rookies. But this season is stacked with talent from all walks of life and with all levels of experience, so his victory is hardly guaranteed. For now, Michael just seems happy to be back within the game.
“My life has changed again for the higher, and I’ve gotten another blessing,” Michael declared, revealing that it had been his son’s idea for him to travel on the show. “Now, after raising my two kids, I’m during a different phase. i feel this is often my time. America’s Got Talent is that the place on behalf of me to point out I still have something to supply. I’ve still got some sounds to form, and there is still room for a touch more.” ultimate America’s Got Talent Season 16 auditions will happen next Tuesday, followed by a two-week hiatus. The live shows will begin on Aug. 10, after NBC airs the Summer Olympics.