Questionable Soldier Timothy Poe Cut From ‘America’s Got Talent’
Timothy Poe, the former soldier whose claims about injuries he sustained in the line of duty have been called into serious question, went home Tuesday night (June 26) on 'America's Got Talent.'
Poe won the judges over with his rendition of the Garth Brooks hit 'If Tomorrow Never Comes' in his audition, which aired in early June. His performance seemed that much more impressive given the fact that Poe stuttered, which he claimed had been caused by a grenade attack while serving his country in Afghanistan.
Poe's heartwarming tragedy-to-triumph tale soon began to unravel as multiple media outlets reported that the former soldier's military records did not support his story. The Minnesota National Guard revealed that there was no record of the 35-year-old aspiring singer being injured in Afghanistan in 2009 as he had claimed, and his ex-wife confirmed that he had no physical injuries, saying he had developed a "feel sorry for me stutter."
On top of that, it turned out that the picture Poe used for his intro on the show isn't even him; it's a photo of Sgt. Norman Bone, who responded furiously to TMZ. "Why would this lying son of a b—- do this?” Bone raged after seeing his picture attributed to Poe. “I’m absolutely furious. Been seeing red all day.”
The Associated Press reports that Poe, who now resides in Texas, told a Dallas TV station he believed he was telling the truth, but that he didn't know what was real after the accident. His girlfriend said he was rushed and simply made a mistake when he submitted the wrong photo to 'America's Got Talent.'
Still, Poe's dismissal on Tuesday was seemingly based on his singing ability, not the controversy surrounding his claims. The Las Vegas round of 'America's Got Talent' was filmed last month, before Poe's story had been challenged publicly. Poe performed the George Strait classic 'The Chair' to an indifferent response from the judges.
"I don't know that he holds up to other singers on this show at all," Howie Mandel said before Poe went home.
Which brings up an interesting question: If you lie about something really big on national television and you get caught, where in the world do you go from there?