Kevin Skinner The Chicken Catcher Makes The Judges' Jaws Drop
Cailyn Finkel 10/4/2018
The judges didn't know what to expect when Kevin Skinner first took the stage and announced he was a chicken catcher. He was a country boy with a guitar slung around his neck and an accent as thick as molasses. He definitely didn't belong in Hollywood...
The judges couldn't help but let out a snicker as he described his simple life wrangling chickens. But once he started singing, they were left speechless at his unexpected voice.
By the end of his rendition of Garth Brook's hit song, "If Tomorrow Never Comes," everyone in the audience was cheering and the judges were stunned...
Before jumping into his audition on America's Got Talent, Kevin explained that he loved singing from an early age. He actively started singing at the age of twelve and learned music from his father Joe, who was a huge fan of Hank Williams. Hank's music blasted in their home regularly and inspired Kevin to be a superstar in his own right.
Despite his a-typical appearance for someone trying out for a singing competition, Kevin gave it his all. He ignored the judges' laughs and pushed forward. Sure enough, his rendition of "If Tomorrow Never Comes" was a smash hit.
Notoriously harsh judge Piers Morgan admitted that he was wrong to form conclusions about Kevin before he even sang.
"There's a moment in every season, I can remember them all, where somebody comes onstage, dressed like you are and your cap's on the wrong way round, and we're all like, 'This is going to be a total car crash.'
Then you start to sing, and within about 20 seconds, you have me and, by the end of it, that was one of the most emotional, powerful performances I've seen in a long time."
Unsurprisingly, Kevin ended up winning the fourth season of America's Got Talent and has since released two successful country albums for his adoring fans. He also headlined a show in Las Vegas and sang on the Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien.
It's clear he's living the dream by being able to pursue music professionally. Kevin goes to show you really shouldn't judge a book by its cover.