Storm Large tried to make the most of her Wild Card bid on America’s Got Talent on Tuesday night (Aug. 24). The powerhouse rock singer and Simon Cowell favorite, who got a fan-voted bid in the quarterfinals round thanks to her previous revved-up re-do of the jazz pop standard “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” tried to capture lightning in a bottle again, but the hill was a bit harder to climb the second time.
Storm, who made it to fifth place on NBC’s Rock Star: Supernova reality singing show in 2006, was overwhelmed when Cowell called to invite her back. “I feel so incredibly grateful that America voted for me. I was so flattered and honored. I got another chance,” said Large, 52, in a package in which she described her nearly 30-year bid to break into the music business. Though she’s come close to getting a record deal and releasing an album over the years, Large predicted the AGT live show could be a “game-changing” chance.
Wearing a clingy, floor-length red dress, the pink-haired singer shot her shot with a piano lounge cover of A-Ha’s iconic 1985 smash hit “Take on Me,” slowing down the frantic Norwegian synth-pop tune into a near-operatic ballad that divided the judges panel. Model Heidi Klum praised Storm’s sexy “Jessica Rabbit”-like look and “incredible” voice, a sentiment echoed by actress Sofia Vergara. The actress lamented, however, that compared to the singer’s first performance, the A-Ha cover was “not better.”
Her biggest fan Cowell agreed, acknowledging that he “really, really” liked Large, but added that “there was a rawness about you on the first audition which somehow has gotten lost. I don’t know what happened — you know, even your styling. Everything was just too soft tonight, in my opinion.”
Fourth judge, comedian Howie Mandel, thought it was not a great song choice.
After decades of trying hard, the disappointment was written all over Large’s face. “I would thank you guys very much for a dream I didn’t know I was allowed to have,” she said in a final bid to win America’s vote.
Check out Large’s performance below.