A singer from Huntsville, Ala., Named Lamont Landers took the contest stage to audition in front of the judges by singing an acoustic guitar cover of Al Green's "Let's Stay Together." However, the singer, who said he normally plays with a band, did not get more than a few seconds into the tune before Cowell stopped him and called his choice a "safe wedding song."
Landers suggested he play his backup song, "What's Going On" by Marvin Gaye, but the former "American Idol" judge was not having it.  SUSAN BOYLE OPENS UP ABOUT HAVING ANOTHER LOSS ON 'AMERICA'S GOT TALENT: CHAMPIONS'
"I'm just wondering, we just come back with a better song because of your problem is that you don" t take risks, "the judge said.
The Singer shrugged and said Cowell's critique was "fair enough."
"I would not shrug that, I would not," Cowell said. "Do you want to come back this afternoon with another song? It's up to you. It's not me, it's you. "
He continued:" I think you should come back later because now we're not understanding each other. "
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LAMONDS, I'M LIKE YOUR VOICE so I'd suggest that you think about what I'm saying, "Cowell snapped back. "I'm going to give you another shot, do not be cocky."
With that, the 27-year-old singer went backstage and learned a new song, "Dancing On My Own" by Robyn. He returned to accept the judge's second chance but was quickly stopped again. Cowell, Landers sang the song so that Simon was the first on his feet for a standing ovation.
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With that Landers got four "yes" votes from the judges and advanced to the next round of the competition.
The tense moment can be seen below: