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'Singing Trump' Not Funny Anymore on 'America's Got Talent' Live Show, Audience Turns on Impersonator

That joke isn't funny anymore. After dancing and singing his way onto Tuesday night's (Aug. 15) first live round on America's Got Talent, a Donald Trump impersonator seems to have run out of steam. The quarterfinals performance by "Singing Trump" came after the middle age mimic shocked audiences with his fancy footwork and decent voice while singing Bruno Mars and Backstreet Boys songs in earlier rounds.

But in light of the polarizing press conference given by the real Trump earlier in the day -- in which the president controversially doubled-down on blaming "both sides" for the deadly violence spurred by a protest march organized by neo-Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia -- the audience did not seem to be in a laughing mood. A pre-taped package had fake Trump hosting a tour of Washington, D.C. and the outside of the White House before he danced off a mock-up of Air Force One to sing Walk the Moon's "Shut Up and Dance." 

Joined by his nimble-footed Secret Service detail, the singer segued into M.C. Hammer's "U Can't Touch This" backed by pyro and giant projections of American flags that matched his wardrobe change into drop-crotch red, white and blue Hammer pants. The bit initially got cheers from the audience, but the judges gave him mixed reviews the third time around, mostly focusing on the sloppy choreography and so-so vocals.

"What the bloody hell's that?" judge Simon Cowell wondered, asking what a viewer tuning in for the first time might have thought of the bit and encouraging the singer to focus on his choreography and tweeting less. Trying to salvage the performance, the fake Trump said "my goal is you the people here are going to make 'AGT' great again and together we can bring our country together," which drew an audible groan from the studio audience.

Check out the performance: 

 

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