Puddles Pity Party, the “sad clown” persona of Atlanta’s Mike Geier, brought down the house with his national television debut on the season premiere of NBC’s America’s Got Talent on May 30th, belting out a tremendous interpretation of Sia’s “Chandelier.”
It was clear the audience, not to mention the judges, didn’t know quite what to make of the towering, silent clown during his introduction. But by the time his deep, serious voice alighted into the chorus less than a minute into the song, he had everyone in the palms of his white-gloved hands, and received a cheering, standing ovation upon the end.
Geier, who also sings for the idiosyncratic Elvis “tribute” band Kingsized, has become quite the online sensation over the past several years with his videos of Puddles crooning his distinctive versions of popular and classic songs such as Lorde’s “Royals,” David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” and The Who’s “Pinball Wizard.”
It would be an understatement to say that Puddles Pity Party passed the audition, and we’ll certainly be seeing more of his unique renditions throughout this season of AGT. Watch his performance of “Chandeliers” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tyr92K218M