Judging too early: AGT’s Simon Cowell puts down X-buzzer after Balloon Taro manages to shut down audition

PASADENA, CALIFORNIA: The father-son team Balloon Taro, which usually performs for children, was the last act of the July 9 audition of the “America’s Got Talent” Season 9. Before the end of the almost everyone-surprised act , Simon Cowell had also admitted his mistake.

During the audition, several balloons burst, resulting in Simon hitting his red X buzzer. However, Taro persevered and completed his entire performance, which involved jumping up ladders while inside a giant balloon and then descending when his son hit the podium with a mallet.


One thing about Balloon Taro…he doesn’t crack under pressure 😜🎈 Great fun! #AGT pic.twitter.com/Axvlgdi2Yc

β€” Heidi Klum (@heidiklum) July 10, 2024


The father showed off his great body while only wearing his panties. Pouring water on him, his child disappeared behind the scenes.

Then, a giant balloon materialized on stage, and he entered. The balloon popped as he bounced around, but he went back and tried again.

The balloon popped again, but he managed to jump many stools inside it on the third try, which turned out to be lucky.

Simon admitted that he pressed his red “X” button prematurely. The three judges expressed disapproval of Simon buzzing them.

Simon said he hit it “a bit early” and asked for it to be taken down. Simon told them he didn’t think it would work, but after they succeeded, he changed his mind and found it “amazing.”

“I didn’t think the act was going to work … and then it was amazing,” Simon said.

Simon Cowell booed for buzzing Balloon Taro in
Simon Cowell booed for buzzing Balloon Taro on “AGT” Season 19 (@nbc)

Simon Cowell joined fellow “AGT” Season 19 judges to send Balloon Taro through

SofΓ­a Vergara found it funny and imaginative, so she liked it. “It was fun, it was creative, it was incredible,” Sofia stated.

The fact that they put together the show as father and son pleased Heidi Klum. “Honestly, it was really entertaining,” she stated.

Howie Mandel continued, calling it “fun” and “entertaining.”

In the end, Simon was content to vote “yes” along with the other judges to promote them.

Simon Cowell took back his X buzzer to advance Balloon Taro in
Simon Cowell picked up his X-buzzer to advance Balloon Taro on ‘AGT’ Season 19 (@nbc)

“AGT” Season 19 fans not amused by Balloon Taro’s audition

Although it was a success for the father-son duo not many seemed to have been. Shortly after their act ended, fans took to social media to write, “THIS is talent? Simon and the other producers need to do better than THIS!” Another person chimed in, “No shade but this was so bad these judges are just fans!”


This is a talent? Simon and the other producers need to do better than THIS!

β€” WeirderIsGood πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸŒŠ (@WeirderIsGood) July 10, 2024



No shade but this was so bad 😭😭 these judges are just fans!

β€” Harry (@Harry2967) July 10, 2024


One fan even went on to complain writing, “Worst season ever.” A fourth person noted, “Sophia said it was ‘entertaining whatever it was’ because tonight’s talent was a doozy.”


Worse season ever @nbc

β€” scott alan (@uscgrad1983) July 10, 2024



Sophia said it was “entertaining whatever it was” πŸ˜‚#agt tonight’s talent was stupid

β€” MyCammy39 (@Monique82428483) July 10, 2024


One user claimed, “I’VE SEEN MUCH BETTER CLIMBING IN BALLOON NIGHTS ON YOUTUBE!!!” Another added, “I would have put through the stunt guy who couldn’t shoot the arrow through the ring over this guy. At least the stunts attempted were entertaining. This was …… not a million dollar act.”


#AGT I’VE SEEN MUCH BETTER CLIMBING IN BALLOON NIGHTS ON YOUTUBE!!!

β€” Matt J (@MattJJ1981) July 10, 2024



I would have passed the stunt that couldn’t shoot the arrow through the ring over this guy. At least the stunts attempted were entertaining. This was……not a million dollar act. pic.twitter.com/pm7ex9Yc8T

β€” Matt (@MattJ2448) July 10, 2024


Who is Balloon Taro on ‘AGT’ Season 19?

Balloon Taro, another name for Fusen Taro, is a unique variety performer. He takes courses inside an inflated balloon while carrying it.

The rather humorous performer uploaded recordings of himself from 14 years ago doing a similar performance. He wants to present his performance all over the world, but he mostly does it for children.

Balloon Taro to stun the
Balloon Taro to stun the ‘AGT’ judges with a balloon burst (@nbc)

The 19th season of “America’s Got Talent” premieres new episodes every Tuesday at 8pm and 5pm and 5pm PT on NBC. The season is available for streaming on Peacock, where episodes can be watched the next day.

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