'AGT' Season 17 Semifinals: Simon Cowell admits he's the 'biggest idiot' after Korean magician Yu Hojin's act

Aside from admitting his mistake, 'AGT' judge Simon Cowell even took credit for magician Yu Hojin's improved act

'AGT' Season 17 Semifinals: Simon Cowell admits he's the 'biggest idiot' after Korean magician Yu Hojin's act
Simon Cowell and magician Yu Hojin on 'AGT' Season 17 (ABC)
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PASADENA, CALIFORNIA: Simon Cowell's snap judgment of acts has earned him a lot of wrath not just from his fellow 'America's Got Talent' judges but also from the show's audience. Despite his occasional flawed judgments, Simon is humble enough to admit whenever he's wrong about something, and fans got to witness one such moment on the recently aired episode of the reality talent-hunt show.

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When Korean magician Yu Hojin first stepped onto the stage for 'AGT' Season 17 auditions, Simon buzzed no to him and felt that his magic tricks were underwhelming. Luckily for Yu Hojin, the other judges loved his act and decided to put him through to the semifinals round. Yu Hojin took Simon's criticism to heart and decided to work hard to change the judge's opinion about his magic. So, for his semifinal performance, Yu Hojin pulled out all stops to wow the judges and the audience with his clean and elegant illusion acts. The whole studio fell quiet in awe as everybody watched the magician turn a scrap of paper into a paintbrush, balls, Rubik's cube, feather, etc. After his act, Simon was the first to admit that he was wrong about Yu Hojin and declared that he was the 'biggest idiot', 

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Yu Hojin performs his magic tricks on 'AGT' Season 17 semi-finals (NBC)
Yu Hojin performs his magic tricks on 'AGT' Season 17 semifinals (NBC)

Aside from admitting his mistake, Simon even took credit for Yu Hojin's improved act. Simon felt that it was his criticism that pushed the young magician to do better. After watching Simon eat humble pie, several fans took to Twitter to mock the judge. A fan tweeted, "Simon: “i helped you” NO YOU DIDNT [#AGT]." "The greatest magical act: Simon saying he was an idiot. #AGT," wrote a fan, Simon's fellow judge Howie Mandel too took a dig at him with his tweet, "Yu Hojin delivered magic so beautiful that Simon called himself an idiot. Only on #AGT." "Simon always has to make everything about himself. “I think I made you a better magician” No, you didn’t you pompous bastard. #AGT," added a fan.

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Korean magician Yu Hojin on 'AGT' (NBC)
Korean magician Yu Hojin on 'AGT' (NBC)

 

'AGT' Fans couldn't stop raving about Yu Hojin's magical act. A fan shared, "That's was a mesmerizing act by @magicianYu! The ability to weave so much emotion and wonder into a magic act on @AGT is an astonishing feat, and he just blew us all away. #AGT #AmericasGotTalent." "@magicianYu was one of the best magic acts I’ve seen on this show. If Dustin could win it all last year he should least have a shot at the finals #AGT," expressed a fan. "I really hope @magicianYu makes it to the finale of #AGT. He really is a sorcerer. @AGT @AGTAuditions," declared a fan. "@AGT Yu Hojin could give Hermione Granger a run for her money #agt," joked a fan.

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'America's Got Talent' Season 17 airs on Tuesdays at 8 pm on NBC, followed by the results which will air on Wednesday nights between 8pm to 9pm ET/PT. For viewers who wish to tune in to the show without cable, they can do so using any of the following streaming services: Sling TV, fuboTV, Hulu With Live TV, AT&T TV or YouTube TV.

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