Simon Cowell Stopped 'America's Got Talent' Contestant Hunter Price and Requested a Second Song: Watch

Hunter Price on America's Got Talent.
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Hunter Price on America's Got Talent. 

Simon Cowell threw a curveball at America’s Got Talent contestant Hunter Price. And the country singer played it like a pro.

On the final night of Season 13 auditions, Price, a 25-year-old who hails from Georgia, started his performance with a cover of the Bryan Adams ubiquitous hit "(Everything I Do) I Do For You," a song he’s belted out at karaoke for years.    

As Price was mid-flow, Cowell raised his hand and activated the brakes. "Hang on," the acerbic British judge said. "Hunter, what you were doing was very generic. Forget about the karaoke competitions, I’ve heard that a million times.” Awkward. Though Cowell did have a point. Adams’ Robin Hood theme spent a jaw-dropping 16 weeks at No. 1 in Cowell’s homeland back in 1991. No other track has ruled the singles chart (or airwaves) for so many consecutive weeks, and many Brits are thrilled to see the back of it.

So what was missing with Price’s performance, chimed Cowell. Something original. Something urgent. With some prompting (and the admission he wanted to "be like Taylor Swift"), Price hit the restart, retuned his guitar and hit a personal creation, “Left Behind.”

Later, Cowell praised Price as a "good songwriter" and his song for its "great melody," and he pushed the contestant once more to reveal his true artistic self. What followed was an on-stage confessional. In the end, three of the judges liked what they saw. Check it out below.