Simon Cowell, the renowned music mogul and judge on America’s Got Talent (AGT), surprised fans during season 18 with his uncharacteristic silence. Known for his sharp tongue and biting remarks, Simon remained subdued while his co-stars Heidi Klum, Sofia Vergara, and Howie Mandel discussed tryouts.
The reason behind Simon’s lack of speech became clear in an interview with USA Today. The 63-year-old revealed that a health problem had affected his vocal cords. The acid from his stomach had caused severe burns on his vocal cords, rendering him unable to speak. A doctor used a camera to examine the damage, which left Simon unable to express his opinions during auditions.
Simon’s struggle to communicate led to some comical attempts to convey his thoughts. He tried writing notes, using an iPad to store pre-written comments, and even relying on Sofia Vergara to interpret for him. However, Sofia playfully stated incorrect things, adding to the mayhem.
The experience of not being able to speak for a week during auditions offered Simon a new perspective. Forced to listen to his fellow judges, he noticed how their confidence had grown, leading to more disagreements in a positive manner. With the diverse range of acts on AGT, Simon acknowledged that being an expert on everything was impossible, contributing to their differing opinions.
Health issues have been a recurring theme for Simon in recent years. He reflected on two bike accidents he had in May and how they affected his life. Despite the pain and challenges, he realized how unfit he was before the accidents. Simon expressed his determination to continue biking, stating his obsession with the activity.
In the end, despite Simon’s temporary silence, his presence and insights were still valued on AGT. His unique perspective and honest feedback have been integral to the show’s success over the years. While fans missed his signature commentary, they understood and supported him as he navigated through his health challenges. Simon Cowell’s unwavering commitment to the show and his passion for biking continue to inspire and entertain audiences.