Have you ever met a little dog that was just so cute and adorable that you wanted to reach out and stroke its fur? Scratch it behind the ears and smell its puppy breath? Only to be met by a scathing growl, bark or attempted chomp? Looks can be deceiving in so many ways.
But what about a man who looks like Marilyn Manson but sings like an angel? Television favorite, America’s Got Talent, showcased a young man during its Austin audition episode who looked every bit the punk rocker … black leather, dog collars, spiked bracelet and creepy contact lenses and all. The nineteen-year-old, Andrew De Leon, indicated that he has always felt alienated and out-of-place yet he taught himself to sing, unbeknownst to his parents, and brought the audience to their feet with his unexpected performance.
His operatic performance was more than unexpected … it was wonderful. The reaction from the audience and the judges alike was extraordinarily positive. I imagine his parents were very proud of his performance.
But how did they not know that he could sing? If he’d been practicing in his bedroom all his life, surely they would have heard him at some point. Was that really the first time anyone had heard him sing? Surely, there were producers, casting professionals, editors, sound technicians and some sort of rehearsal before the audition. Hmmm … I wonder.
Never judge a book by its cover.
What do you think?
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