Howard Stern is a welcome addition to America's Got Talent. The show, by design, is a sugarcoated, staged version of "reality," and he brings the real reality to what would otherwise be dry and boring. Sharon spices it up a bit, too, but not on her own. She's lovable and endearing, but Howard's honesty, whether the acts are good or bad, is much needed. There needs to be a bit of a shock value, and he's the perfect man for the job. Now, who's up for replacing Howie? I'm tired of cringing in embarrassment for him every time he speaks.
As for the acts, I'm both impressed and disappointed. While I'm glad that we're not dealing strictly with singers and dancers this season and appreciate the variety, there have really only been a few acts that truly stand out as having raw talent. The judging often doesn't help; whatever their cryptic reasoning for pushing so many of them through who clearly don't deserve it, it frustrates most viewers. It's a good thing we're listening to America's voice now because the talentless will quickly be weeded out, making for fierce competition.
I actually do video reviews of this season's episodes every Monday! Here's Week 9's if you want to see it: http://bit.ly/Nvewrf
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