‘America’s Got Talent’s Most Polarizing Act’
Tape Face was a contestant on America’s Got Talent in season 11. His mime number took him all the way to the Top 10, but he was eliminated in the bottom five. His performances were bizarre. Tape Face managed to pull the audience in as we all tried to figure out what was going on. The performer left a lasting impression years after he first made it clear to us why we were laughing.
Tape Face, whose real name is Sam Wills, comes from New Zealand. He started his performing career locally and eventually developed his hit show as a character called The Boy with Tape on his Face. The interpreter then begins to attract the attention of the whole world, before heading towards the America’s Got Talent stage. He was known as the man who performed with duct tape over his mouth and who could still make people laugh. His popularity grew and he took his show on the road, performing in London and Las Vegas.
Fans remember Tape Face as a performer who could bring out the humor in the simplest things. After all, he trained to be a clown when he was 13 years old. Tape Face was a comedian. He played on viewers’ love of music to help elevate his performances, and when he did on America’s Got Talenthe received 4 yeses.
The Tape Face audition consisted of him wearing two oven mitts with eyes like puppets singing along to “Endless Love” by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie. He then playfully caressed himself while wearing a half-red dress to Chris de Burgh’s “Lady in Red.” The judges didn’t know what to expect, but you can tell they were pleasantly surprised. Judge Howie Mendel even called it “brilliant”.
Tape Face’s Rise to Stardom
Judges and viewers fell in love with Tape Face. The performer was able to make an audience laugh, without saying a word. There were other fans who couldn’t understand how he was able to stay in the competition. America’s Got Talent fans were divided and both sides expressed their feelings on social media.
Fans have credited Tape Face for reviving silent film, using its facial expressions and body movements to draw them in. The ups and downs of the entertainment industry showed the same year that Tape Face didn’t win. America’s Got Talent, he won the International Achievement Award from the Variety Artists Club of New Zealand. Tape Face created a career that others simply couldn’t fathom. A Brazilian talent show contestant actually copied her number, hoping the lighting would hit twice.
In 2016, Tape Face appeared in a three-night concert series at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. He joined America’s Got Talent Season 11 winner Grace VanderWaal and runner-up The Clairvoyants. He also appeared on America’s Got Talent: The Champions but he was eliminated quickly.
Vegas came back with a bang in 2018 when they offered Tape Face a three-year residency deal. Her new show is at Harrah’s Las Vegas. The venue built a custom room just for Tape Face and named it The House of Tape. The artist keeps the performances fun by making the show interactive with the audience. Her show recently started up again after going through the pandemic. Fans have expressed outrage as Tape Face’s busy schedule sometimes forces him to use a lookalike to perform. Spectators took notice, but the show remained a success. Even though he lost, Tape Face worked his way up to a net worth of nearly $3 million.
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