‘The Parmesan Guy’ Baffles ‘America’s Got Talent’ Judges


If we make a checklist of things that are metal, now you can add “parmesan cheese” and 29 America’s Got Talent competitor Ben Lapidus.

The Doylestown, Pennsylvania singer-songwriter left an impression on audiences earlier this season when he debuted one of his original songs, a heartfelt acoustic ballad he wrote for feel embarrassed to ask for more parmesan in a restaurant. Initially, the AGT the judging panel didn’t have it, as Simon Cowell, Sofia Vergara and Howie Mandel quickly pushed their buzzers to “X” him out of the competition. Even Heidi Klum, who agreed with the sentiment of the humorous song, also gave it an “X”.

But Ben’s story didn’t end there, as the audience rallied around him, giving overwhelming boos to the jury. After an impassioned plea from Lapidus, chants of “Par-me-san” from the crowd, and a final comment of “People want more Parmesan”, three of the judges reversed their votes sending Lapidus to the next round.

In a pre-recorded package, Lapidus seemed more determined to further show off his songwriting ability in hopes of advancing further in the competition. Dressed in a half-shirt and jeans, he returned to the stage with his acoustic guitar in hand, playing the beginnings of a very emo-feeling song with the lyrics, “Sometimes I feel so hopeless / Thinking about the things wrong with this world / My life is just a drop in the ocean / The world is my oyster / But I can’t find the pearl .

But after a long pause, Lapidus said, “Sorry, someone’s taking that. It was a mistake”, before bursting out, “I’m…I’m the…I’m the parmesan guy” , then ripping off his denim clothes to reveal black leather pants and an open black leather vest.

Suddenly, Lapidus was backed by a full band with a fiery orange background as a “We Will Rock You” beat featured a different take on his song “Parmesan Cheese.” What followed was an all-out assault on the metal, leaving several of the judges stunned while Heidi Klum totally bought into the heaviness that Lapidus posed.

As the performance continued, it became more and more over the top. Lapidus’ name was scrawled in Slayer-esque font on the drummer’s drumhead, the audience were all given devil’s horn foam fingers to rock, plumes of smoke rose from the stage, and the guitarist snatched a solo as sparks flew from his instrument. You’ll even catch a double bass drum heaviness as Lapidus’ performance gets more intense with him finally hovering above the panel to shout and sway for the audience.

Yes, for a second time, Lapidus started getting “X’d” by the judges, but the audience (and Klum) were all too engaged in the performance to care.

Regardless of how it turns out, it’s safe to say that Lapidus rocked the scene and made “parmesan cheese” metal for everyone. Watch the performance unfold below.

Ben Lapidus launches a fiery performance of “parmesan” on America’s Got Talent

Initial audition of Ben Lapidus for America’s Got Talent

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