|Age (at audition)||26|
JD Anderson grew up in the small town of Noel, Missouri. At an early age he learned that nothing would be handed to him and that if he wanted something, he would have to work for it. Doing manual labor most of his life, JD soon developed a work ethic that would soon separate him from the crowd. He began working out at 16 years of age, the same year, giving his heart to Jesus Christ. Little did he know, the combination of the two would take him places and allow him to do things he never could have imagined.
Today, a six time world record holder and an expert in feats of strength, JD has traveled the world motivating and encouraging people of all ages in churches and school assembly programs. He has the privilege of leading and witnessing thousands give their heart to Christ. He has spoken in over 1,000 school assembly programs motivating students to hold on to their goal and dreams and to simply be the best they can be in life. His amazing speed and power allow him to perform feats of strength such as running through walls of ice head and shoulders first, bending steel bars in his teeth, ripping license plates in his teeth, rolling up frying pans in his bare hands, shredding phone books in half, bending solid steel horse shoes in his bare hands, ripping decks of cards in half in his teeth, breaking baseball bats in half, (over his leg, under his leg, behind his back, even over his head), smashing 1,000 lbs of ice with his head, bending nails in half, as well as breaking bricks with his head.
JD also holds the Guinness World record for "The Most Ice Blocks Broken By A Human Battering Ram." His arms are a massive 20 inches around! JD has a bench press of over 450 lbs and can leg press 1500 lbs. He uses his abnormal size and strength to capture people's attention, to then only motivate them as well as deliver the amazingly simple, yet simply amazing message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. JD's mission statement is "To reach the lost at all cost." He has learned if you can get people's attention, then you can preach a message of motivation and hope into their heart.
His TV appearances include "The Daily Show with John Stewart" ( Comedy Central), "Guinness World Records Gone Wild" (TruTV), Simon Cowell's "Red or Black" (London, England), "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (NBC) "The People's Award 2013" (Tokyo, Japan), as well as Guinness World Records (Milan, Italy). Putting his body on the line for the entertainment of others, JD is known around the world as "The Iceman." 1
JD Anderson's audition in Episode 906 consisted of breaking a baseball bat behind his back and biting a license plate in half. Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Mel B, and Howie Mandel all voted "Yes," sending JD to Judgment Week.
JD Anderson was sorted into the "Variety Acts" category in Judgment Week. His performance in Episode 907 consisted of ripping four phonebooks apart, rolling two frying pans into each other, and ramming into a 15-feet long wall of solid ice. He received a small cut in the back of his head as a result, but he appeared to barely notice or care about it. JD's performance was strong enough for the judges to send him to the Quarterfinals along with Juan Carlos and Loop Rawlins in Episode 908.
JD Anderson's Week 1 Quarterfinals performance in Episode 909 consisted of breaking baseball bats by bending them over his head, breaking three sets of cinder blocks on fire, and ramming into a 15-feet long wall of solid ice. JD did not receive enough votes to be sent to the Semifinals, eliminating him from the competition in Episode 910 along with Julia Goodwin, instead of Miguel Dakota.
After the Show
In 2020, Anderson competed on the Italian competition series Tu si que vales where he advanced to the semifinal but was eliminated in a challenge against singer Daniele Primonato before the final.