America’s Got Talent: Did You Vote?


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I watched America’s Got Talent tonight because I hoped to see something that warranted sending so much amazing talent home.  But, by the end of the show, I was thinking it reminded me of the bad old days in Chicago at closing time at the bars.  At the end of a long night, we often said “you couldn’t drink them pretty.”  Or as W.C. Fields frequently opined, “sometimes too much to drink is not nearly enough.”

I wanted so badly to get excited enough about somebody to cast my votes.  But, I came up empty.  How about you?

My sense is that the American people are better judges of talent than the celebrity judges.

What were they thinking bringing back Manuela Horn better known as the yodeling dominatrix?  Did they really think she could sustain that act?

And, the Diva League, tonight’s nod to freak shows that they stupidly thought would draw ratings.  It was embarrassing.

The Platt Brothers, as I recall, barely made it through the first round.  How they blew out so many amazing break dancers to make it to this round boggles my mind.  I wasn’t surprised that they bombed either.

Kevin Skinner isn’t a credible hillbilly chicken farmer, and his buffed appearance didn’t sell me on his singing.

If they were going to bring back acts that got axed, what was up with bringing back the Lake Houston dancers?  Sweet girls for certain, but a $1 million of talent?  Hardly.

Breaksk8 didn’t knock my socks off.

Nor did Thia Megia.  She’s sweet.  But, she’s not old enough to have a powerful voice.  There were so many female singers this year who would have had a much better chance of making it to the finals.

As for Mosaic, the 80’s called.  They want their music back.  It sucked back then, and it hasn’t improved with age.  Those guys from the post office had way more talent.

Arcadian Broad, who wowed me during the auditions, essentially repeated his choreography from before and added the piano to show he had a bit of depth.  I was very disappointed.  I still think highly of his talent, but he clearly doesn’t have the range to sustain a Vegas show.  The positive of his being on tonight is that it is a bit more salt in the wounds of the bullies back at his school.  And, he looked really cute.

GrandmaLeeBoxersGrandma Lee also doesn’t have the portfolio of material to sustain a show.  Yes, she’s funny.  But, she was clearly reaching tonight.

The only act that produced Vegas-quality talent tonight was Drew Thomas, the magician.  I’m not big on magicians.

I can appreciate that Aerodunk might appeal to some folks, but I’m not buying it.  I’ve seen the Harlem Globe Trotters, and they provided more talent and entertainment.

My only hope for redemption this season is that more acts like Kari Callin will be brought back so we can have ourselves some real competition going on.

It’s sad.  The judges had so much amazing talent that could have and should have made the competition for the top prize a thrilling ride this summer.  But, they clearly blew it.  Can I watch more repeats on HGTV?  Ugh.

There’s always Melissa d’Arabian, the Next Food Network Star, who recently moved to the Seattle area.  Her pilot airs on Sunday.  Maybe I can get jazzed about feeding four people for $10.

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3 responses to “America’s Got Talent: Did You Vote?

  1. I TRIED OVER AND OVER, COULD NOT GET ONE VOTE IN.

    EXTREMELY FRUSTRATING.

    ALSO, DID SIMON COWELL CONSIDER THAT THERE ACTUALLY MAY HAVE BEEN SEVERAL SHOWS WORTH GOING TO VEGAS?

    I THINK THAT WAS THE PROBLEM RIGHT THERE, THERE WAS MORE TALENT THIS YEAR THAN EVER AND NO WHERE TO PUT THEM ALL.

    PERHAPS THERE SHOULD BE A SERIES OF CASINOS PARTICIPATING THAT TAKE IT DOWN TO 5 OR SO ACTS EACH PLAYING AT ONE OF THE CASINOS. MORE & MORE TALENT SHOWS UP & IT COULD EVEN BE MORE DIFFICULT NEXT YEAR. ONE HAS TO CONSIDER THE POSSIBLITY OF OPTING FOR A MULTI-WINNER MEGA SHOW. INVOLVE MORE CASINOS, HAVE MORE WINNERS IN THE DIFFERENT CATEGORIES, VERY HARD TO COMPARE ORANGES AND APPLES.

    CONSIDER THIS IDEA, IT JUST MIGHT WORK AMERICA’S GOT MEGA TALENT!

    CASINO’S CAN SPONSOR ADS FOR THE SHOWS.

    GIVE CATEGORIES, SINGERS SOLO, SINGER, GROUP, DANCE, SOLO, GROUP, ETC

    THANKS FOR LISTENING,
    kanni

  2. Kanni,

    What a GREAT idea! Thanks for sharing it with me. I would encourage you to post it several times over about a week at the various comment boards on the AGT web site. The people who read those comments breeze through them fairly quickly because they get so many.

    But, if they see something repeated over time, I think they tend to pay more attention ~ that’s where the producers, quite frankly, get most of their ideas ~ from passionate fans.

    This being said, I think one of the primary reasons people enter AGT is not necessarily to win ~ some know their talent isn’t big enough to win it all. But, the exposure is phenomenal to people who book shows in clubs all across America ~ some are the Vegas casinos ~ many are local clubs looking for a fresh face to draw an audience.

    Kari Callen, for example, didn’t make it out of the Las Vegas airport. The last time I checked her blog (about a month ago), she’d already gotten two huge gigs. And, Susan Boyle didn’t win Britain’s Got Talent, but I challenge anybody to tell me the name of the act that did. She’s been on OPRAH and in HARPER’s BAZAAR and will be on AGT tonight.

    What I like most about your idea is that it might bring amazing talent to where I live at a price I could afford ~ there’s no way I’ll be going to Las Vegas to see whomever wins because it is just too expensive. I know many of my friends feel the same way.

    LOL ~ you’ve made me feel better about not voting. I just couldn’t decide. My most favorite acts were already sent home, and I didn’t see anything in the finals that had me saying WOW! like I did last year. The were all really good, but I didn’t see $1 million of GREAT.

    Thanks for leaving a comment,
    Carolyn

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