|Age (at audition)|
Bobby Badfingers, whose real name is Bob Von Merta started his lifetime of snapping while watching Flamenco dancers on television when he was just 4 years old. "I didn't know they were playing castanets," exclaims Bob, "I thought they were snapping their fingers, so I started trying to sound like them." Badfingers' act is so filled with energy and wild gyrations, that a stationary microphone proved to be too restrictive, so with the help of his technical staff, he developed a unique "digital" (as in digits) wireless microphone system, which connects directly to his fingers. 1
Bobby Badfingers's audition in Episode 101 consisted of finger snapping quickly and dancing to classic rock music. Piers Morgan, Brandy Norwood, and David Hasselhoff all voted "Yes," sending Bobby to the Semifinals.
Bobby Badfingers's Week 2 Semifinals performance in Episode 106 consisted of snapping his fingers to "Conga." Piers Morgan, Brandy Norwood and David Hasselhoff all gave Bobby "✓" votes. Bobby did not receive enough votes to finish in at least second place in America's Vote, eliminating him from the competition in Episode 107 instead of At Last and Natasha Le.
Bobby Badfingers was brought back by Piers Morgan for the Wild Card Show. His performance in Episode 112 consisted of snapping his fingers to the sound of the strumming of guitars. Piers Morgan, Brandy Norwood and David Hasselhoff all gave Bobby "✓" votes. Bobby did not receive enough votes to finish in at least second place in America's Vote, eliminating him from the competition in Episode 113 again instead of David & Dania - Quick Change and Nathan Burton.
- Bobby Badfingers was the first act to be televised not only in Season 1, but also in the history of America's Got Talent.
- He was also the first televised act to receive a "Yes" from all three judges and the first televised novelty act.