AMERICA’S Got Talent judge Heidi Klum shut DOWN costar Simon Cowell during tonight’s episode.
It came after he made cruel comments about a fan-favorite singer.
During the final week of America’s Got Talent auditions, a contestant named Freckled Zelda wowed the audience and judges alike when she turned up dressed as a full-on fairy.
She had even bought along a “potato” flute and a pair of elf-ears to complete the look.
“I’m a music fairy,” she told the judges, who looked on curiously.
“Really?” asked a skeptical Simon, 62.
However, once Freckled Zelda began to sing her cover of Colors of the Wind, she exceeded all the judges’ expectations with her powerful voice.
After receiving a huge round of applause for her impressive performance, the musical fairy burst into tears.
She then nervously awaited the judges’ feedback.
Simon was characteristically honest as he said: “I tell you what, when you walked out, I thought, ‘This really is going to be terrible,’ – I did.”
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As the audience booed, he added: “But actually you’ve got a really good voice.
“I don’t like the instrument, don’t think it’s necessary. Carry on looking like that if you want, because you’re interesting.”
Heidi, 49, told Freckled Zelda: “You nailed that – I loved it.”
She appeared to disagree with Simon as she continued: “I thought the potato flute was really cool and you are unique and different.”
As the model took a deeper dig at her fellow judge, she added: “America’s Got Talent is a variety show, and we don’t all have to be the same.”
Howie Mandel, 66, said: “You showed us who you are with your voice and your being.”
Sofia Vergara, 50, added: “When you started singing that beautiful song, it was really unexpected, and your voice is beautiful too!
“Let me ask you something – do you always wanna sing with the outfit?”
Freckled Zelda nodded as she replied: ‘Yes – I’m 100% fairy… fairy for the rest of my life.”
All four judges gave a resounding yes, putting her through to the live semi-finals.
Many viewers shared the judges’ positive thoughts about the unique act, and took to Twitter to give their two cents.
“Freckled Zelda is a wonderful singer. I hope she makes it to the finals,” wrote one.
Another agreed: “Freckled Zelda gave me chills with her interpretation of Colors of the Wind.”
A third posted: “She is so amazing! Definitely unexpected in a good way!”
Freckled Zelda will be back for the semi-finals, which begin next week.
America’s Got Talent airs Tuesdays at 8/7 c on NBC.