THE SEASON premiere of America’s Got Talent captivated viewers for reasons aside from the contestants who auditioned.
During the audition rounds for season 17 of AGT, fans couldn’t help but notice that Simon Cowell was wearing a cast on his hand.
What happened to Simon Cowell’s hand?
On May 31, 2022, the 17th cycle of America’s Got Talent kicked off with the first episode of competition tryouts.
During the first episode’s broadcast, show creator Simon Cowell’s hand was visibly wrapped in a cast.
Months earlier on Thursday, January 27, the AGT judge landed himself in the hospital after sustaining injuries from an electric bike crash.
While riding through London, Simon flew over the handlebars of the bike at a speed of over 20mph.
Was Simon in an accident?
Prior to the paramedics arriving, the crash left the former American Idol judge bleeding at the scene with a suspected concussion.
When the TV personality was treated, it was revealed that he had a broken arm from the incident.
A source told The Sun at the time: “Simon is lucky to be alive.”
“He was pedaling along, with his electric motor on, when the wheels suddenly went from under him after hitting a wet patch.”
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The source further recalled: “He slipped and went flying over the handlebars into the middle of the road.”
“Stupidly, Simon wasn’t wearing a helmet, and blood was pouring from his face — he looked like something from Phantom of the Opera.”
“Three kindly passers-by jumped into action, and stopped the traffic so he wouldn’t be run over.”
They also shared: “After being ambulanced to a hospital and given an X-ray, Simon was eventually released that evening — his arm in a yellow cast all the way up to the shoulder — and told to rest.”
“Despite this being his second great escape, Simon insists he’s not ditching the bike — but he will start wearing a helmet.”
How can I watch AGT?
The 17th cycle of America’s Got Talent debuted on Tuesday, May 31.
Every Tuesday, the series will kick off at 8pm EST and will air weekly until the season’s conclusion.
Viewers can check out the show when it airs on NBC.
For audiences who missed the initial broadcast, they can stream episodes of AGT on Peacock and Hulu.
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