Posts tagged America’s Got Talent
Last week I wrote about Nurse Jackie here at Remote Patrolled and how the four-year-old medical dramedy had bounced back from a rather shaky Season 3.
Now it’s the turn of America’s Got Talent, the veteran summer reality series which for me is better than ever in its SEVENTH year! The reason. Two words. Howard Stern.
I’ll be honest I wasn’t a huge Stern fan prior to AGT. I’ve never really listened to his radio show and like a lot of people I always assumed he was a one tricky pony – and that trick was sex and smut. That said I’ve always liked that he’s long been a fierce advocate for marriage equality and gay rights in general – not the stance you’d expect from someone with such a large blue-collar male base.
But Howard is a man of surprises and since he joined America’s Got Talent at the start of this season he’s been full of them!
Here we are – after endless auditions, Howie vs Piers bickering, Nick Cannon’s good-natured hamminess and a whole lot of hyperbole – the America’s Got Talent finale is upon us!
As you doubtless know, 4 acts remain: lounge singer Landau Eugene Murphy Jr, glow in the dark dance act Team illuminate, teen pop group PopLyfe and shadow dance act Silhouettes. But who will the million dollar prize and a ‘headlining slot’ at Vegas?
Here’s how I think the final four will pan out…
Okay everyone – summer is officially here at last! Yep, that’s right – America’s Got Talent is back on our screens…
There’s just one problem… where’s the talent?
If you were watching last night’s premiere episode of the long running NBC hit you might be asking yourself the same question. Because last night’s opening installment from LA and Atlanta was definitely not a vintage episode of the show, no matter how much the judges, in the final fleeting moments of the show, might try to tell us otherwise.
Here’s the problem. We’re now into Season 6 of America’s Got Talent so it’s hard not to compare this year’s acts with last season’s contenders – and indeed performers from years past. And many of last night’s contenders didn’t stack up well against the Season 5 crop.
Take Ryan Andreas, IT administrator by day, budding singer by night, who came out very nervous and had to be reminded to talk into his mic. But when Ryan started to sing he revealed a Joe Cocker like rasp and had the audience eating out of his hand. I liked Ryan but for me it was a good – not a great – performance. And can you really see him More >
It’s that time of the year again. Time for another onslaught of dance troupes, shock magicians, child singers and the just plain indescribable. Yep America’s Got Talent is back for another summer season.
Last year AGT brought Howie Mandel on board as a replacement for the increasingly tiresome David Hasselhoff and also discovered the show’s second genuine star – child opera singer Jackie Evancho. Plus the season finale ended on record highs.
But while AGT did a lot right last season it was pretty infuriating at times too. So as Sharon, Piers and Howie settle down for another year of judging duties here’s my advice to them – and the show’s producers.
Here we go:
Summer is almost over so it’s time to put away those BBQ sets and beach towels for another year. But before we settle down for the Fall TV Season – here’s 15 Lessons We Learned From Summer 2010…
Networks Execs take note!
1) Scripted Network Dramas Are Dead: Witness NBC’s Persons Unknown (aka Persons Unwatched), ABC’s Happy Town and the Sunday night snoozers The Gates and Scoundrels. All four struggled to attract more than 3 million viewers a week and barely made it through their runs. And the only real scripted ‘hit’ of the summer, ABC’s Rookie Blue, was a middling 5 million rated cop show.
2) …But Scripted Cable Shows Are Hot: Where to begin – Rizzoli and Isles, Covert Affairs, The Closer, Haven, Melissa and Joey, Hot In Cleveland… this summer audiences switched over to cable big time, a cultural shift that will only continue in years to come… fact is viewers are loyal to shows NOT networks. If you want an audience now you have to work for it!
3) Weight Loss Shows Are On The Way Out: The Biggest Loser is still a hefty hit but too many copycat formats failed this summer… Dance Your Ass Off was down year to year, Vh1’s Money Hungry was an outright bomb More >
Over the last few weeks we’ve been keeping a close eye on our traffic here at Remote Patrolled.
As you can imagine our America’s Got Talent coverage attracts a LOT of visitors – and we’ve become quite a hub for TV’s biggest summer talent show.
Interestingly the top AGT acts on our site have been (in reverse order):
5) Connor Doran - the epileptic indoor kite flyer
4) Debra Romer - the singer songwriter with the sweet and soulful voice
3) Christina and Ali – the two singing sisters living with cystic fibrosis
2) Carlos Aponte - the Puerto Rican opera singer whose early elimination shocked many!
But number one – by quite a wide mark – has been Prince Poppycock – the heavily made up, fabulous opera singer that many of you absolutely adore!
So ahead of Poppycock’s performance on tonight’s final quarter final show we did a little investigating to find out a bit more about the larger than life opera singer…