Synthetic Media Metaphysic Wows “America’s Got Talent” Judges
— America’s Got Talent (@AGT) August 31, 2022
Metaphysic’s synthetic performers are continuing to impress the judges of America’s Got Talent at the recent semi-finals event. Virtual versions of host Terry Crews and judges Simon Cowell and Howie Mandel performed “Nessun Dorma” on a screen while mimicking three human singers in real time. The result earned a standing ovation from the judges. Metaphysic made a splash at America’s Got Talent initially with a synthetic Simon Cowell lip-syncing a performance by former America’s Got Talent contestant Daniel Emmet of “You’re the Inspiration” by Chicago. The new performance raised Cowell’s estimation of Metaphysic even further.
“This is not the best Act of the night,” Cowell said after the performance. “This is the best Act of the series so far.” His comments mirrored the other hosts, with Heidi Klum commenting that it was, “beautiful singing, the opera was amazing. And then when you swap the faces live right here, the whole thing is epic.”
Not everyone agreed with the judges as evident on Twitter. The debate over AI as art is igniting more frequently in general. The comments from AGT viewers mirrored some of those who were upset about an art project using Midjourney’s AI-powered text-to-image tech winning a contest at the Colorado State Fair.
Whoa! MetaPhysic in the final!?!? While kinda cool … it's an app! Not an act or show. Doesn't belong on #AGT!hopefully Lily gets saved with a wildcard!!! Kinda pissed TBH!!!
— Mark Fulton (@FenderGuy69) September 1, 2022
I'm sorry America but Metaphysic really cheapens the entertainment industry! Plus they have the worse taste in AGT alums! #AGT
— Jacob Elyachar (@JacobElyachar) September 1, 2022
I’ll never understand how the judges can be head over heels about that and not like real talent like Bayley! If Metaphysic wins the show I’m done watching. #AGT
— Chris (@theechriswhite) August 31, 2022
Metaphysic earned one of two fan-voted spots to go to the final on Sept. 13 for the $1 million prize.