Well, it's time to start talking about the new season of America's Got Talent!
This will basically be just like last season's thread, where we'll all talk about what we think of everything this season. I'll rank the acts that perform on each live episode and all that good stuff...
Now let me just start by saying that my patience in this show is wearing thin...It's one thing that singers win every season, it's quite another that the TYPES of singers who win have gotten a little too predictable. And in fact, I'm getting tired of the types of acts I always root for; Sure, they may be a spectacle, but I can't deny the fact that they are not 100% talent. Granted, there's plenty of talent involved, but a lot of it is just technical.
Now I watched the video on Youtube previewing the auditions, and I must admit, not much seemed very new. I caught a QUICK glimpse of a light-up act, but I really hope that's not the act I'm rooting for, because I really don't see how they can top Team iLuminate, and even if they do, it will get annoying rooting for the same act only updated every season. There were a few acts that got a moment's concentration: A male soprano (is that the right pitch?) opera singer, a dancing contortionist and a human cannonball. The human cannonball will probably be this year's Professor Splash, sure it's dangerous and takes a lot of talent, but the fact that it's more of a circus act than a Vegas act will probably not get him very far.
There ARE, however, a few things that might mix things up this season. The first, as you all probably know by now, is Howard Stern replacing Piers Morgan as a judge. I don't know much about the guy, but from what I've read, I'm interested in seeing how he does. From the sound of things, he's willing to be brutally honest when he has to be, and reject an act if it's not up to standards. But at the same time, he's not going to be buzzer-happy like Morgan was. So I'm convinced that he won't have that annoying bias that Piers constantly kept throughout every season (and he might be a little more in control and will accept some acts for what they are). It's also worth noting that I read somewhere that Simon Cowell thinks that the show is getting too predictable...So MAYBE they'll do something about the obvious winner this season?
Once more, let me point out the way things have constantly worked since Season 3: The winner is a male singer in his thirties who is desperate to lift himself out of the tough, lower-class lifestyle (and specific poor-guy job) and wins over America with his charming persona, sympathetic backstory and unique music style, which he will likely surprise the judges with as he starts out looking and acting nothing like someone who has any sort of talent.
Third place goes to a performing arts group who's talent at least partially consists of special effects, and I find myself rooting for them because of their unique and overall cool presentations. I'm not sure about them after their audition, but after their Quarter-Final performance, I'm convinced that they should be the act to win...Unfortunately, they only come in third.
As for runner-up, it just goes to someone who has the Cuteness and/or Sympathy handicaps.
If ANY of those things I just said can be different this season, I'll be at least somewhat satisfied. I should be able to place the obvious contenders for each of those positions by the end of the Quarter-Finals. How far everyone makes it in this game is all a matter of how marketable they are, and if it's a little too obvious how things will turn out, I have half a mind to completely tune out and come to my conclusion, checking in after the season's over to see who won and see how accurate I was (though I'm sure I'll watch it all the way through).
This show has a special quality that keeps us all coming back, but it is still infamous for how much of an advantage singers have...But singing alone is not the huge factor, it's just that there are constantly contestants competing on this show who have the types of things people want to vote for, and for some reason, those people are always singers. Why are they singers and never dancers or anything unique? I don't know, but what I do know is that the way America votes is becoming hopelessly predictable. I could root for an act, hope for them to win...And while I may be at least somewhat satisfied that they came in third out of thousands of acts, the point is, I just want someone different to win this season. I want them to be the first ever act that has absolutely no singing involved to win America's Got Talent. And if it IS a singer...then why can't it be a female for once? Or someone UNDER thirty? Or a group?
Every season, they improve the predictability a little bit...But as long as the winner is always a solo, thirty-something-year-old male singer, it's not improved enough. And please, let me find interest in someone other than a performing arts group this season. They never win, so what's the point of always rooting for them? I don't care who wins, as long as it is a significant change from the last few seasons...Please, AGT...Be different this season!