They didn’t give this look a golden buzzer.
Former American Idol judge Simon Cowell sparked concern from fans after appearing unrecognisable in a Twitter video — just months after he said he was done with Botox.
The clip has since been deleted as trolls eviscerated his appearance with many comparing him to a “Madame Tussauds waxwork”.
In the eyebrow-raising clip, posted Friday, the 63-year-old TV host encouraged people to contact him in order to audition for Britain’s Got Talent.
“I always say on this show, two or three minutes can change your life,” declared Cowell. “And it has. And maybe this time it’s gonna be you.”
He added, “So please audition now for next year’s season and I look forward to meeting you.”
However, the most striking part of the clip was the appearance of the Brit, who sported an especially shiny face, nearly luminescent white teeth and seemingly enhanced features many Twitter commenters accused of being indicative of some sort of cosmetic procedure.
Go figure: Trolls were quick to rip Cowell’s countenance.
“Um, can we talk about Simon Cowell for a moment?” said one concerned fan along with photos juxtaposing a still from his recent promo with an earlier photo of the talent show icon, in which he sported a more fully fleshed, natural-looking face.
“Madame Tussauds unveiled their new waxwork of Simon Cowell,” quipped another.
One Twitter wit sniped, “Simon Cowell’s face looks like if George Michael’s corpse was a playable character in Goldeneye.”
“Simon Cowell’s the son of Herman Munster,” joked one commenter alongside a photo comparing Cowell with the Frankenstein-esque Addams Family character.
One Twitter roaster compared Cowell to the notorious botched restoration of a Jesus fresco from 2012. Even Domino’s Pizza UK couldn’t resist taking a shot at the leather-faced talent critic, writing: “When you get a Simon Cowell from the freezer.”
Another social media comedian said it looked as if Cowell had skinned someone alive and was “wearing their face” like Leatherface from the classic horror movie Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
Only a few social media watchdogs appeared to be concerned that something more serious could be at play here: “Simon Cowell not looking great,” one fan tweeted. “Something not right.”
The Post has reached out Cowell’s reps for comment about his latest viral moment.
The reason for Cowell’s shocking visage remains unclear. However, he has been vocal about altering his appearance in the past. His cosmetic procedures have included Botox, a 2018 facelift, a litany of facials, and teeth veneers after his scary e-bike crash in 2020.
However, Cowell claimed in April that he was done with getting Botox injections and fillers because it made him look “like something out of a horror film”.
“I reduced it, let’s put it that way,” the infamous curmudgeon told Page Six in November. “Everything in moderation.”
“There was a stage where I might have gone a bit too far,” Cowell added. “I saw a picture of me from ‘before’ the other day, and didn’t recognise it as me first of all.”
He claimed, “Enough was enough. There is no filler in my face at all now. Zero.”
This article was originally published by the New York Post and reproduced with permission