How low can 'AGT: Extreme' go? Fire limbo performer sizzles, critic Simon Cowell feels the burn

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"America's Got Talent: Extreme" is just starting to cook, three weeks into NBC's four-week competition, after last week's Simon Cowell roasting of trapeze artists risking life and limb.

But Monday's episode prompted the question of how low the adrenaline-filled competition is willing to go. Answer: Limbo low. After all, it highlighted limbo performer Shemika Campbell, 29, who can roll insanely close to the ground to get under that bar.

Campbell appeared on "AGT" in 2017 and ran into the Cowell buzz(kill) saw in the second round.

"You said my act was pretty much for a kids' party," Campbell recalled, promising she had retooled it for 2022's "Extreme."

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You'll never attempt the limbo again at weddings after watching limbo performer Shemika Campbell on "America's Got Talent: Extreme."
You'll never attempt the limbo again at weddings after watching limbo performer Shemika Campbell on "America's Got Talent: Extreme."

Campbell wasn't messing around, starting off her routine somehow sliding under the surprised judges' platform before moving under two trucks, which is apparently some sort of limbo world record. But wait, she wasn't done: "AGT: Extreme" is nearly entirely reliant on fire for its thrills, and Campbell brought the flames to limbo bars, sliding precariously beneath the fire without getting broiled.

The burn turned the once-unimpressed Cowell, who had to admit it was "cool." Judge Nikki Bella rubbed salt in the Cowell wound by saying she loves an ambitious, determined woman who "can prove a man wrong."

Surprisingly, the only judge hesitant to allow Campbell to pass onto the next round was Travis Pastrana, who raised the (limbo) bar. "I'm gonna need to see something more extreme next time," he said.

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A low-water mark for "AGT: Extreme."
A low-water mark for "AGT: Extreme."

Rudy Giuliani, all is forgiven for next week's controversial "Masked Singer" appearance. It would be much more satisfying seeing Giuliani do anything – sing, stammer, let his hair dye roll slowly down his forehead – than watching the food performance artist Nomnomsammieboy, who appeared Monday on "AGT: Extreme." Under the guise of extreme eating, Nomnom made a moronic pig of himself (apologies to far more intelligent and entertaining pigs), rubbing food on himself and swimming in a coleslaw kiddie pool.

It's a testament to a two-hour show in need of filler that Nomnomsammieboy lasted as long as he did before the madness stopped with the disturbed judges' emphatic rejection.

“I thought it was going to be something impressive," said Bella. "But you’re just swimming in it."

Sway bar performer doesn't wear her glasses: 'Don't want to see how high I am'

Cyndel Flores way up in the air in "America's Got Talent: Extreme."
Cyndel Flores way up in the air in "America's Got Talent: Extreme."

Sway bar performer Cyndel Flores had the ultimate hook for her 60-foot high routine, with no harness or mattress. She's a stunt performer deathly afraid of heights. so afraid she wouldn't wear her glasses performing. "I don't want to see how high I am," Flores said.

Yet on a rainy, slippery night, Flores climbed to the top of her precarious sway bar. She could have called that the stunt and passed. But the Sarasota, Florida, performer followed with a brief routine around the pole and ended by bringing the top bar flying toward the ground, only to have it swing to safety.

"When you swung down on that pole, it took my breath away, I loved it," said stuntman Pastrana. "I don't care what Simon says."

Pastrana leaped up and hit the Golden Buzzer, sending Flores directly to the "AGT: Extreme" finals next week.

Parapalegic Bruce Cook performs heroic backflip

Bruce Cook performs on "AGT: Extreme."
Bruce Cook performs on "AGT: Extreme."

Freestyle motocross rider Bruce Cook, 34, was attempting the world’s first double front flip in 2014 when he landed incorrectly and was left paralyzed from the waist down. But Cook aimed to land a vertical backflip on his dirtbike on "AGT: Extreme," saying it was his way "of showing the world (that) just because you have a disability, (it) doesn't mean you have to stay on the sidelines."

Cook was strapped into the bike and headed for the super-ramp, taking two dramatic approaches as the music swelled. Naturally, there was a commercial break. But Cook hit the jump the third time and pulled the backflip. Cook took judges' praise on the stage from his wheelchair.

"I could see how nervous you were, and yet you had the opportunity to keep living your dream," said Pastrana.

With the other judges' enthusiastic yes votes, Cook will just have to come up with a new act for next week.

Each performer who received positive votes will be judged by a panel of superfan judges. The top two superfan acts will move onto the finals March 1, joining the five Golden Buzzer winners.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: 'AGT: Extreme': Simon Cowell feels burn from fire limbo performer