America’s Got Talent is full of surprises, but no performance shocked the judges more than John Hetlinger’s. The 82-year-old man took the stage and announced that he would be singing the song. The judges and audience probably assumed that he would choose the tune of Bing Crosby or Frank Sinatra, but Hetlinger took a different path. Instead, the retired engineer chose a song by Drowning Pool.
When he started singing “Let the Bodies Hit the Floor”, the judges’ jaws dropped. The audience was stunned, but then quickly recovered. They jumped up and started cheering for Hetlinger. His act was so amazing that Heidi did not know what to do. She assumed everyone was crazy and told Hetlinger “no” when it came time to cast her vote.
Mel B and Howie answered Hetlinger with an automatic yes. They were so impressed with his performance that they were almost speechless. Then it was Simon’s turn to vote. He chuckled and chuckled. The crowd yelled for him to push Hetlinger through to the next round. When it looked like Simon was going to side with Heidi, he turned things around and gave Hetlinger his final yes.