Simon Cowell while serving as a judge on America’s Got Talent has jumped on every opportunity to mock the Spice Girls – especially if Mel B is within earshot.
The 58-year-old British music mogul got another chance on Tuesday’s episode as an all-male tribute band blundered through a rock version of Wannabe.
The out-of-tune rendition left Howie Mandel, 62, and Heidi Klum, 45, cringing too, but Mel B, 43, clapped in appreciation.
Poking fun: Simon Cowell yet again mocked the Spice Girls on Tuesday’s episode of America’s Got Talent
The group got a resounding ‘no’, but Simon decided they were still an improvement over the 1990s English pop girl group featuring Mel B as Scary Spice.
‘To give you credit, you do sound better than the original,’ he quipped as Mel B rolled her eyes.
The AGT auditions show opened with a trio of Minnesota men called Hamster Wheel.
They created an elaborate ‘chain reaction machine,’ which had taken them 300 hours to construct.
Took offense: Mel B looked daggers at Simon after his quip about her English girl group
Standing ovation: Scary Spice stood up and gave the tribute band an ovation
Rocking out: The tribute banned performed a rock version of Wannabe
‘I was really on the edge of my seat,’ said Simon.
‘I love these Rube Goldberg devices, I feel like I’m at some kind of science convention,’ agreed Howie, but Heidi called it ‘very boring.’
Hamster Wheel made the cut, thanks to Mel B.
Chain reaction: A trio of Minnesota men spent 300 hours on a ‘chain reaction machine’
Next round: The act known as Hamster Wheel advanced to the next round
Multi-talented 13-year-old Maddock Johnson, a.k.a ‘Patches’, rapped an original track.
‘It’s about the essence of performing,’ said the New Hampshire resident.
‘You are hilarious,’ smiled Simon.
Rap game: Patches threw down an original rap and received four yes votes
‘You know what it’s like to be a white kid on the streets of New Hampshire,’ quipped 62-year-old Howie.
Patches got four yes votes.
Father/daughter duo Sergey, 52, and Sasha, 15, did a dangerous acrobatic act.
Father and daughter: Sergey and Sasha performed a dangerous acrobatic act
‘I was traumatized,’ Mel B told the Las Vegas pair.
‘That was so scary,’ agreed Howie.
They received four yes votes.
Head spin: Sasha balanced on her father’s head while spinning
Loving it: Howie Mandel and Mel were enjoying the dangerous routine
A Los Angeles choir of 160 people called Angel City Chorale filled the room with Toto’s Africa and the pitter patter of rain made with their collective fingertips.
‘Very uplifting, fantastic!’ raved Mel B.
‘One of the best choirs we’ve ever had,’ beamed Simon, as they were sent to the next round.
Big group: The 160-member Los Angeles Chorale filled the room with Africa by Toto
Rain sounds: The choir members snapped their fingers to make rain sounds
Gothic-looking Oliver Graves, 32, hoped to leave his retail job to pursue comedy.
The somber Californian cracked morbid one-liners, which made the panel chuckle.
‘You’re humble and real and dark, everything that I absolutely love,’ praised Mel B.
Comedy routine: Oliver Graves cracked morbid one-line that made the judges chuckle
Oliver started crying from the accolades.
‘I don’t book many shows,’ he lamented, as he progressed to the next round.
Twelve-year-old singer Angel Garcia, from Los Angeles, performed the 1970 Mexican pop hit El Triste by José José in Spanish.
Getting emotional: The comedian got emotional after receiving accolades for his off-beat comedy
‘Your voice filled up this whole auditorium,’ yelled Mel B.
‘It must have been about love, because I could feel it,’ grinned Heidi, who admitted to not understanding the lyrics.
Angel made the cut with his rendition of the song first performed in March 1970 at the Latin Song Festival II.
Mexican hit: Angel Garcia of Los Angeles belted out the 1970 Mexican pop hit El Triste
Between acts Simon’s 4-year-old son Eric tottered around, gobbling donuts and pressing on the buzzers.
‘Look how handsome I am,’ Simon joked as Eric stared at him.
Simon then poured affection on the boy as he asked for a kiss.
Father and son: Simon between acts was overjoyed to see his son Eric
Tender moment: The English music mogul asked for and received a sweet kiss from his boy
A high-tech virtual reality act was swiftly followed by a man wearing a silver onesie and claiming to be a robot.
Kevin Kreiger did a clumsy ‘product demonstration’ that rapidly received four ‘no’ votes.
‘It wasn’t an act, it was just you with weird arms, missing an orange,’ huffed Simon.
Robot routine: Kevin Kreiger rapidly received four ‘no’ votes
‘Honestly I couldn’t roll my eyes into my head far enough,’ frowned Heidi.
Pam, an Ohio-based piano player, brought her golden retriever along to ‘sing.’
Oscar the dog howled along to the music.
Eyes rolling: Heidi said she couldn’t roll her eyes into her head far enough
‘He’s on key!’ exclaimed host Tyra Banks.
‘He was sort of singing with the song…I think your piano playing isn’t great by the way,’ remarked Simon, who has been searching for a singing dog for years.
Heidi and Mel weren’t convinced, but Simon persuaded Mel to give the pup a chance.
Singing dog: Oscar the singing dog also took the AGT stage
On key: The amazing dog was on key during the performance
The host: Tyra Banks kept the two-hour show moving
Hunter Price, 25, from Georgia sang Bryan Adams’ Everything I Do and an original song, which the panel liked far better.
‘You’ve got some depth to you,’ said Simon, and Hunter progressed with three yeses.
A dance group called ‘Pancakes’ did a fast-paced routine, which Mel adored.
Dance group: Mel loved the dance group called Pancakes
‘It was on fire,’ she commended.
Blue Tokyo dance troupe also impressed with their high-octane routine.
‘You came here and you meant business,’ smiled Heidi.
Favorite troupe: Heidi was impressed with the Blue Tokyo dance troupe
‘It was all flawless,’ agreed Mel as they were sent to the next round.
California teenager Michaela Phillips closed the show with Demi Lovato’s Warrior.
‘I love the whole package,’ said Heidi, who gave the 15-year-old her Golden Buzzer.
AGT returns with new episodes next Tuesday on NBC with the Judges’ Cuts featuring comedian Ken Jeong.
Sweet voice: California teenager Michaela Phillips closed the show with Demi Lovato’s Warrior.
Golden buzzer: Heidi pressed her Golden Buzzer for the singer
Live rounds: Michaela advanced straight to the live rounds as Heidi’s Golden Buzzer pick