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Old 05-15-2012, 09:05 AM   #1
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America's Got Talent Season 7 Discussion (Spoilers)

So it is possible that someone can be a more pompous ass than Piers.
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Old 05-15-2012, 09:24 AM   #2
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So it is possible that someone can be a more pompous ass than Piers.
And funnier!

I liked Howard but he is definitely playing the "Howard Stern" character for this
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Old 05-15-2012, 10:28 AM   #3
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I still question how that Earth Harp can make those noises. It sounded like a violin which requires a bow to go perpendicular to the strings. I'm not sure how you get the same noise by "pulling" down the string.

It did sound amazing though.
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Old 05-15-2012, 10:28 AM   #4
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Surprised there is not more discussion about this. Howard Stern is very polarizing. I figured there would be a whole love / hate thread.

As for me, I liked it.. I am a Stern fan, however my wife is not and she was not looking forward to it. However, after I asked her what she thought and she said it was great. It was more then she expected...

There was more camaraderie between The judges and a genuine sense that they enjoy being with each other.

Overall, I thought a real improvement. I did like Piers because I thought he called it like he sees it, and it seems like Howard will too.
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Old 05-15-2012, 10:32 AM   #5
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I'm only watching this show because of Stern. Long time fan.
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Old 05-15-2012, 10:35 AM   #6
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I am not a Stern fan at all. I was expecting to hate him on this show, but I actually thought he did a great job. Anyone has to be better than Piers though!
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Old 05-15-2012, 10:40 AM   #7
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Im just glad the show is back. Its one of our favorites.

I thought Howard was very condescending to a lot of the contestants. Not only from a "your act sucks" standpoint but also from a "Im Howard Stern and Im better than you" aspect.

Far as the earth harp, I saw the guy put rosin on his hands before he started pulling on those strings so I have to assume whatever those gloves were made out of simulated a bow. That was pretty cool and one of the more interesting acts.

Glad to see Simply Segio get a second chance. I almost feel like that whole thing was a setup.
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Old 05-15-2012, 10:51 AM   #8
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I think Howard will be great and the more he's himself, and not what people expect him to be, the better he'll be. Howard lately has seemed to become more of a character of himself whenever he was on network TV (Letterman, Fallon etc.) where he thinks he needs to be over the top. He's an amazing talent and just needs to be comfortable and then everyone will see him for the great communicator / entertainer that he is.
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Old 05-15-2012, 10:51 AM   #9
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I thought Howard was very condescending to a lot of the contestants. Not only from a "your act sucks" standpoint but also from a "Im Howard Stern and Im better than you" aspect.
I didn't see that at all. I have to agree with mwhip, this was much funnier than the past seasons I've watched.

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Old 05-15-2012, 10:54 AM   #10
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I'm a big fan of Howard's radio show. I did not watch last night and I doubt I will ever watch it. I don't care for reality shows and that goes triple for talent shows. Maybe if the show was an hour a week. The way it sounds, the show is on like 3-4 hours a week.
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...There was more camaraderie between The judges and a genuine sense that they enjoy being with each other...
I agree. I think it helps that both of them have been on his show multiple times and there is already a rapport there and they genuinly seem to like each other.
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Old 05-15-2012, 11:00 AM   #12
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I'm a big fan for Howard Stern, but the AGT episode last night? Meh.

The only funny part I find was watching Howie and Howard have to shake hands (or fist pump in Howie's case) since they're both neurotic about touching people.
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Old 05-15-2012, 11:26 AM   #13
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OK one issue I have is that the show is called AGT and the act of the little girl and her dad signing are from Columbia. Like the judges pointed out they are a popular YouTube act. Also another contestant they pointed out came from another country to be on the show.

I am not trying to start an immigration debate but seriously if you are going to call it AGT don't let acts come in from other countries.
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Old 05-15-2012, 11:32 AM   #14
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I'm a big fan for Howard Stern, but the AGT episode last night? Meh.

The only funny part I find was watching Howie and Howard have to shake hands (or fist pump in Howie's case) since they're both neurotic about touching people.
I know Howie is, but is Howard? If so, why the hell would he hug that one contestant the way he did?
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Old 05-15-2012, 11:35 AM   #15
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OK one issue I have is that the show is called AGT and the act of the little girl and her dad signing are from Columbia. Like the judges pointed out they are a popular YouTube act. Also another contestant they pointed out came from another country to be on the show.

I am not trying to start an immigration debate but seriously if you are going to call it AGT don't let acts come in from other countries.
Where did you get that they are from Columbia? They live in San Diego. He went to UCSD.
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Old 05-15-2012, 11:36 AM   #16
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OK one issue I have is that the show is called AGT and the act of the little girl and her dad signing are from Columbia. Like the judges pointed out they are a popular YouTube act. Also another contestant they pointed out came from another country to be on the show.

I am not trying to start an immigration debate but seriously if you are going to call it AGT don't let acts come in from other countries.
Do you know if they live in the US now?
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Old 05-15-2012, 12:06 PM   #17
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Where did you get that they are from Columbia? They live in San Diego. He went to UCSD.
OK my bad I was getting them confused with this guy:

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Old 05-15-2012, 12:26 PM   #18
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I know Howie is, but is Howard? If so, why the hell would he hug that one contestant the way he did?
Howard is a germ freak, but not nearly as bad as Howie. On this morning's radio show, they talked about Howard hugging some gross guy. Howard claimed he hosed down with anti-bacterial stuff immediately after.
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Old 05-15-2012, 01:33 PM   #19
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count me as 'loved it'.

i watched the first season of AGT... and bits of other seasons... this was engaging.

i think while the judges shouldn't be the focus, they are providing the commentary, and as a result, the side entertainment. watching american idol since season 2, simon drove that show. when he left, the judges were/are unwatchable, and as a result the show is less fun to watch, despite whatever talent is on the stage. when jimmy iovine pipes in, it's really interesting and i watch it. anything other than jimmy gets fast forwarded. the judges help drive the show.

howard is engaging, witty, and so far, spot on. he is going to make AGT a bigger phenomenon than it already is, and he's going to crossover to mainstream as a celebrity.
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Got to hear how Howard takes the ratings news tomorrow, he spoke out of both sides of his mouth covering himself if the ratings were lower, but how low?

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Old 05-15-2012, 02:03 PM   #21
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He was not happy yesterday when he found out the show was up against Dancing with the Stars. I think he felt they should have waited to start the show until after DwtS ended.
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But I can only imagine NBC felt confident releasing the show 2 weeks early during sweeps because they had the Howard Stern juggernaut on the payroll.

But Howard has shot his wad with his 6 months of AGT commercials on his radio show. He's brought everything to the table he's going to do in reference to his fan base and notoriety.

The suits at NBC have to be very disappointed.
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But I can only imagine NBC felt confident releasing the show 2 weeks early during sweeps because they had the Howard Stern juggernaut on the payroll.

But Howard has shot his wad with his 6 months of AGT commercials on his radio show. He's brought everything to the table he's going to do in reference to his fan base and notoriety.

The suits at NBC have to be very disappointed.
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Old 05-15-2012, 02:58 PM   #24
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Im sure once a few of the other shows wrap up, AGT's rating will go back up. I liked it.. Im glad its back. I like Howard Stern.. I just thought he was a little overbearing but I guess when you're replacing Piers Morgan, thats to be expected.
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Im sure once a few of the other shows wrap up, AGT's rating will go back up.
I don't know if they will go up, but this is the same number AGT pulled last year in it's second week. Add in that this year was going against season finales for many shows and DWTS vs. all repeats and basketball last year.
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OK one issue I have is that the show is called AGT and the act of the little girl and her dad signing are from Columbia. Like the judges pointed out they are a popular YouTube act. Also another contestant they pointed out came from another country to be on the show.

I am not trying to start an immigration debate but seriously if you are going to call it AGT don't let acts come in from other countries.
...and Howard is the only American judge

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But I can only imagine NBC felt confident releasing the show 2 weeks early during sweeps because they had the Howard Stern juggernaut on the payroll.

But Howard has shot his wad with his 6 months of AGT commercials on his radio show. He's brought everything to the table he's going to do in reference to his fan base and notoriety.

The suits at NBC have to be very disappointed.
Howard or maybe Jon Hein did say they moved the show because they had confidence. Howard was still annoyed because he was hoping it would start after the other shows were done.

Howard said just today he didn't expect the ratings to be amazing. That it will take word of mouth from people that Howard isn't as bad as everyone thinks he is. If the ratings are still lower in a couple months, then the NBC folks should start to worry.

It will be interesting to hear what he has to say tomorrow.
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I am not trying to start an immigration debate but seriously if you are going to call it AGT don't let acts come in from other countries.
I am pretty sure the audition contract everybody has to sign says that you need to be either a citizen or have a green card. It is possible that they might let contestants on the show without either, but with a work visa (I know So You Think You Can Dance, which promotes its winner as "America's Favorite Dancer," does, and I think American Idol does as well).
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I liked the show with Howard. Haven't watched much of it before. But is this how the preliminary judging goes, they either have a total goof out there that they all unanimously hate, or something phenomenal which they all love? I would like to see more debating between the judges.
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They go around the country to initially see acts and then send them on to Las Vegas. 140 acts go to Vegas and while there, they narrow it down to 48. According to Howard, Vegas was very hard and there was a lot of debate on what 48 acts to send to New York for the live shows.
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