America’s Got Talent

As I grow older, I find that I am less tolerant of certain situations. Maybe I am just becoming a crotchety old man. Or maybe I’m becoming Archie Bunker. I hope not. I do try hard to keep my prejudices in check, but there are some things I just can’t let go.

I like watching America’s Got Talent during the Summer months. All the shows I enjoy the rest of the year are on Summer leave, and this show fills the void. Some of the talent is spectacular, and some is hilariously and unbelievably awful. I have been a fan for all 9 seasons – season 10 has just started.


I was glad when Piers Morgan left the show. He was such a mean spirited person. I was also glad when David Hasselhoff left with his super ego. However, I do miss Sharon Osborne. What a wonderfully intelligent and kind woman she is. I never could figure out why she was married to Ozzie.

When the producers announced the arrival of Howard Stern, I was concerned for the contestants, but he has proven himself to be a fair and gentle judge. Nothing like his radio persona.

I have always liked Howie Mandel as a comedian, and especially his “Little Bobby” routine. I don’t particularly like the fact that he has appointed himself as head counselor for the contestants, but I tolerate it.

It is a treat to see what Heidi and Mel B will wear each night. They are two beautiful women, and very different from one another. I love to see Heidi’s response to comedians – she just doesn’t understand American humor.


Nick Cannon is a wonderful host – much better than Jerry Springer. He seems to be game for anything that happens.


So, you may ask, what about this show is testing my tolerance? In 2012 the show was won by the Olate Dogs. It was a great act, but the father and son contestants were from Chile. In 2013 the show was won by Kenichi Ebina, a Japanese citizen. Again, a very deserving act.

Olates                                        Kenechi


Last night there was a group of four acrobats who will likely go far in the competition. Two of them were from Germany, the other two were from the Czech Republic. Do you see where I’m going with this?


The problem lies in the rules of competition, which state, “All contestants must be a United States citizen, possess a current employment authorization card, or are in the United States legally at the time of their initial audition and understand and agree that they will be required to show proof of unrestricted employment authorization or have appropriate visa status in the United States that allows them to compete on the program prior to quarter finals.”

Even though I assume all these contestants meet the requirements of the competition, I have a problem with the title “America’s Got Talent.” Maybe the producers should rename it “All God’s Children Got Talent.”


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4 Responses to America’s Got Talent

  1. Wayne Barton says:

    Your point is well taken. Had the chance last year to see a live taping of the show with my son while in LA. Much fun and nonsense goes on that is never seen on the TV presentation. Howard Stern is my favorite; most showbiz savvy, fair and intelligent.

    • I am surprised to say this, but Howard Stern is my favorite also. I don’t know what happens to him between his radio show and AGT, but he seems to be a totally different person. Thanks for your comment, brother.

  2. Aunt Beulah says:

    I haven’t watched the show, but this post makes me wish I had. I think “All God’s Children Got Talent” is a much catchier title. Maybe you should write to the producers and suggest it. Or to Howard.

    • I imagine the filtering system between me and Howard Stern is so thick, he would probably never see my message, but may be I’ll try anyway. You should watch the show, some of the talent is incredible. Thanks for the comment.

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