‘America’s Got Talent’ judges wowed by song ‘Parmesan Cheese’ at season 17 premiere

America’s Got Talent returned on May 31 with a two-hour premiere episode of its 17th season. The expert judging panel – Simon Cowell, Sofía Vergara, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel – welcomed another round of hopefuls, all vying for the title and prize money. Among them was singer-songwriter Ben Lapidus who, despite his unusual methods, earned his place in this year’s competition.

After a series of rejected auditions, the Pennsylvania-born artist took the stage, performing an original song. What seemed like a routine audition was quickly turned upside down when Lapidus began singing wistfully over the parmesan cheese.

The song, aptly titled “Parmesan Cheese”, runs through Lapidus who goes to an Italian restaurant and is embarrassed that he always wants more parmesan on his pasta. With the song, he calls people to defend their rights against the “great parma”, humorously uplifting the crowd.

Despite the audience’s approval, the judges awarded Lapidus four “X’s”, dismissing his audition. After their decision, the crowd began a coup, chanting the words of Lapidus, I always want more parmesan but I’m embarrassed. Lapidus then played an encore of the song, this time with the audience and judges supporting the 29-year-old singer. The frustrating and catchy lyrics are impossible to shake – we always sing them here. Watch his full audition below.

The last season of America’s Got Talent will premiere every Tuesday and Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. If you like Lapidus’ song, you can stream it now on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, and Tidal.

Ben Lapidus on America’s Got Talent (Photo by Trae Patton, NBC)

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