She immediately tried to plunge the knife several times into his chest, only to discover that it was rubber.
The setup for her murderous moment was a bit involved (watch the performance below), but the payoff sure was fun.
The mentalist, Colin Cloud, had earlier proposed that Mel B could get her “revenge” on Cowell, who made a distasteful remark on the show last week about her marriage. Mel B has been locked in ugly divorce proceedings, so she threw water at her fellow judge and walked off the stage in what she later said was a “jokey” gesture.
Fast forward to Tuesday’s live show. Cloud’s act revolved around solving Cowell’s future murder. He asked an audience member to choose one of five knives for Mel B to do the deed.
In one of the act’s big reveals, Cloud later demonstrated that the other blades were real.
“I nearly got murdered on live TV,” Cowell said, per Entertainment Tonight.
Because ... ratings, Simon!
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.