America’s Got Talent is no stranger to, well, strange acts. The NBC reality talent series has seen everything from stripping grannies to growling grandpas and whatever this guy was supposed to be over the years. Yet none of those acts can compare to a contestant who popped up on the new Tyra Banks-hosted season 12 premiere on Tuesday night; a sad clown who goes by “Puddles Pity Party” who stunned both the crowd and panel of judges with an incredible performance of Sia’s 2014 hit “Chandelier.”
America’s Got Talent wasn’t Puddles Pity Party’s first brush with fame, however. Back in 2014 — then dubbed “the sad clown with the golden voice” — the nearly seven-foot-tall clown (yes, really!) found internet stardom with a cover of Lorde’s “Royals,” which went crazy viral, and later by singing the Leonard Cohen classic “Hallelujah” at a show in San Fransisco. And yet, despite accumulating nearly 100,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel — here he is three years later, still trying to find his big break. What does a clown have to do to make it in this world?
Well, given the outstanding reception from Puddles’ performance, it’s likely he’ll be sticking around for at least a little while longer.