32-year-old Nigerian actor, musician, and stand-up comedian, Josh Alfred, better known as Josh2funny, took the stage on ‘America’s Got Talent’ Season 18 not once, but three times during the August 8 episode, leaving the audience both puzzled and agitated.
With a staggering 2.7 million Instagram followers and 2.4 million TikTok followers, Josh’s online presence speaks volumes.
His viral skit titled ‘The Fastest Reader in the World’ garnered over 250K likes and a remarkable 6.7 million views on YouTube.
Initially capturing attention with the “Don’t Leave Me” challenge on TikTok, Josh has now ventured onto the NBC show.
However, his appearances didn’t unfold as anticipated.
In a daring attempt to recreate his famous skit, the Nigerian performer breezed through the pages of three books before urging the judges to quiz him on their content.
Yet, one of the judges, Sofia Vergara, buzzed him prematurely, leading to a chorus of boos from the audience. Howie Mandel’s critique was sharp: “That was the most ridiculous act I’ve ever seen.”
Unfazed by the initial setback, Josh returned to the stage donning a large afro wig and basketball shirt. This time, he boldly declared himself the “fastest rapper in the world.”
A well-orchestrated setup, but it was met with a unanimous “no” from judges Heidi Klum and Sofia.
Undeterred, he made a third entrance in a different disguise, capturing Howie’s buzz as he embarked on a card trick.
The act took an unexpected twist as he attempted to control Terry Crews’ mind, only to face buzzes from Sofia and Heidi once more.
The judges acknowledged his comedic flair but found the act out of sync with the ‘AGT’ stage.
Fans expressed their dismay with some questioning NBC’s decision to allow his recurring appearances. The sentiment echoed as one viewer quipped, “Did they run out of contestants?”
Another pondered, “Why do you keep letting him come back?” Disbelief resounded, with some shocked by the audacity of his multiple tries.
As Josh’s third attempt transpired, it seemed the show had been overproduced. A viewer’s tweet humorously speculated, “Lemme guess, the Nigerian mumble rapper will now come out for a third time, sing a song, knock it out of the park, crowd goes wild, standing ovation by the judges and four yeses? This show is embarrassingly overproduced.”
As the audience grappled with this surprise return, the resounding question remains: How many chances should one performer be granted?
With opinions divided, it’s clear that Josh Alfred’s repeated appearances have ignited a spirited debate among ‘AGT’ fans.
While some viewers seemed exasperated by his persistence, others were taken aback, urging security to step in.
The enigma of Josh’s return has left audiences both intrigued and befuddled, making his story a standout moment in the current season of ‘America’s Got Talent.’
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