Simon Cowell Shocked by Deepfake Copy of Himself
Okay, that’s impressive.
English TV personality Simon Cowell, best known as a judge on “American Idol,” was shocked to find a performer with his own face singing a musical ballad on a recent episode of “America’s Got Talent.”
The performance was put on by a company called Metaphysic Media, which created a deepfake of Cowell’s face and overlaid it on “America’s Got Talent” veteran and opera singer Daniel Emmet live on a massive screen on stage.
“When they asked me to be a part of this wonderful, unique, original thing they’re going to do, I couldn’t say no,” Emmet explained in the episode.
It may not be the most realistic-looking of deepfakes we’ve seen, but rendering it on the fly during a broadcast is pretty impressive — and Cowell himself certainly seemed dazzled, covering his face with his hands in apparent shock and wonder.
You’re the Inspiration
Emmet sang a rather over-the-top rendition of “You’re the Inspiration,” a ballad from the hit Broadway musical “Chicago” — except on the screen behind him on stage, it looked like Cowell was singing instead.
Cowell composed himself after the performance.
“Is it inappropriate to fall in love with a contestant?” he joked. “I know it’s strange but I love you Daniel.”
It’s a fun use of the technology that shows off the potential of applying deepfakes to the world of entertainment — without any nefarious intentions behind it.
At the same time, not all public figures will enjoy having their face figuratively ripped off during a national broadcast.
“I’ve always said, is there such a thing as a perfect contestant, a great singer, who looks incredible,” Cowell quipped. “We just found them.”
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