America's Got Talent - 2018 (Spoilers)

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  1. Jun 19, 2018 #61 of 341
    getreal

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    YES! Get rid of the little children. LOCK THEM UP! Oops! I mean, give them their own talent show. And do NOT have a 5 year old girl or boy singing ADULT love songs. UGH! BLECCHH!
     
  2. Jun 19, 2018 #62 of 341
    MPSAN

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    Well, what they should say to little children is what my mother used to say to us a long time ago when we were that age and a little older. She would say "go out and play". Now all the kids know is FaceTube! :)
     
  3. Jun 20, 2018 #63 of 341
    Mikeguy

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    The dog acts! :)
     
  4. Jun 20, 2018 #64 of 341
    warrenn

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    The kid singer who was a lonely, only child had a strange sob story. He wanted a dog so he wouldn't be lonely?!? Really? He can get a dog at any time for practically nothing. I'm sure there are kennels and foster groups in his area who would even give him one for free. It almost seems like the producers told him to come up with something before he went on stage.
     
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  5. Jun 20, 2018 #65 of 341
    Mikeguy

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    I know I'm naive at times (and/or just not following things), but I've now become totally suspicious of being played by the AGT backstories, and find myself skipping them entirely. It's amazing how little content there is in the 2-hour show when you do so. ;)
     
  6. Jun 20, 2018 #66 of 341
    Ruth

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    I did some research a few seasons ago and came to the conclusion that the backstories mostly are completely fiction or at least super overblown. It really has gotten super predictable and annoying, especially with the kids. They really want to have that Susan Boyles unexpected contrast between your expectations and the actual performance, and I get that it makes for great TV when it's real, but when it's created through editing I find that it undermines the effect. When they were making that girl out to be over-the-top painfully shy, for example, it was totally obvious that she was going to end up being the most dynamic performer EVER, so it really didn't have much of an emotional impact when the expected narrative played out. Same for dressing kids very, very young to manufacture the surprise moment when they start performing. Grace Vanderwaal for example was dressed and styled like a 5-year-old heading to church, when you could see from other sources that she typically dressed like an age-appropriate, somewhat fashionable tween girl.

    I also call BS on the entire idea that the lounge singer guy prepared that second song in an hour with no previous knowledge of the song or warning that he'd be asked to do this. That whole interlude seemed obviously to be a complete fiction and honestly left me rolling my eyes about how dumb they think the viewing audience really is.
     
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  7. Jun 20, 2018 #67 of 341
    getreal

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    I have also gotten fed up with the backstories/sob stories and skip straight to the actual performance.

    I've also checked out Britain's Got Talent and now I am a bit annoyed when acts that have performed well in BGT just last season -- which just wrapped weeks before AGT started airing the Audition episodes -- and the same acts appear before Simon, who also judged BGT. e.g., the Asian guy who pulled ever-smaller scarves over his naked body made it to the final 10 in BGT! Also the Asian girl who does the creepy non-verbal magic act where she tries to look as if she is possessed was also in a recent BGT season. At least Simon acknowledged the Russian guys from appearing recently on BGT.

    It is just less about discovering "new" talent and more about casting acts on multiple shows across multiple "[insert country] Got Talent" franchises.

    So I have finally learned to fine-tune my personal viewing methods to catch the 15 minutes of actual performances I enjoy and trim the fat from the edges.
     
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  8. Jun 20, 2018 #68 of 341
    Jayjoans

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    Nearly every time there's an AGT on the DVR, my wife wonders why I record it. I tell her it's only 10-15 minutes of potentially interesting stuff.

    I agree, it's all fake and staged, I can't stand the background crap. >>>3 to the stage acts takes no time at all.

    The lounge singer situation was so painfully phony I didn't watch the 2nd performance.

    I'm still not at all comfortable with the deaf singer from last year.
     
  9. Jun 21, 2018 #69 of 341
    Ruth

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    I liked her. And did some googling and I actually thought she seemed legit. Did you find something I didn't?
     
  10. Jun 21, 2018 #70 of 341
    super dave

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    When I was skipping through the back stories my wife asked me why I didn't want to see what phony story they came up with.
    Could see immediately the lounge singer was a set up.
    Can't stand that they never show the acrobatic acts in full, but always the singers.
     
  11. Jun 21, 2018 #71 of 341
    DouglasPHill

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    Seriously? A golden buzzer for the Janis Joplin wanna be? Omg
     
  12. Jun 22, 2018 #72 of 341
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    In front of...
    The guy with the "power to move things with his mind" - Intellectually not my thing, but to my utter surprise I found myself laughing out loud multiple times.

    Daredevil Nock - daughter of guy who was on last year. I dunno, this kind of act doesn't really interest me much, but she was cute and sweet I guess

    The 71 year old dancer - If she was, say 50, we wouldn't think anything of that performance. Good for a 71 year old, but nothing I need to see in the abstract

    THE SINGERS
    Boy who wanted dog - I doubt the Janis Joplin type singer really snubbed him like they made it seem.
    Opera guy - will be interesting to see if he makes past next round
    Natural Woman girl - something super appealing about her voice and personality. Just weird to hear a tween sing "you make me feel like a natural woman" Happy she got the Golden Buzzer
     
  13. Jun 22, 2018 #73 of 341
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    The "moving things with his mind guy" ("telekinesssis") was really funny, I thought :)

    He reminded me of Chips Cooney, from a while back:


    I thought the boy-dog singer was really good, as was the 2nd performance of opera guy. Setting aside what may/may not be real about what we were told, I thought they both sang very well. I liked them better than Janis Joplin girl, personally.

    Daredevil Nock, I dunno, I certainly don't want to do it! But in a way, it wasn't that fascinating/compelling a performance, to me. In that it's a bunch of setup, but not a lot to actually watch.
     
  14. Jun 22, 2018 #74 of 341
    VegasVic

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    Count me as another who skips all of the backstory stuff. I couldn't care less, whether it's true, somewhat true or not true. I just watch the performances. Whittles down the 2 hours to half hour or so. I'm surprised the quick change couple were on. I've seen many of these in person and on TV, there was nothing new about this one. They are all the same, different outfits. And I agree about singers, put them on the Voice, keep them off AGT.
     
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  15. Jun 22, 2018 #75 of 341
    DouglasPHill

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    What was the deal with the camera staying so far away from the trapeze act? Also what's the deal with only showing brief glimpses of many of the acts?
     
  16. Jun 26, 2018 #76 of 341
    bruinfan

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    Catching up on the show.

    Just wanted to say:

    Big fan of Us the Duo. Happy to see them, annoyed that Howie said no, for the dumbest reasons (it's not for me, there is so much talent this year blah blah), when they let so many crappy and mediocre acts through. Us the Duo is legit.

    Saw them on tour opening for Pentatonix. Their youtube channel is nice.
     
  17. Jun 27, 2018 #77 of 341
    Mikeguy

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    Actually enjoyed last night's AGT more than usual, procedurally--unless I just wasn't paying attention, they seemed to cram in more acts and skipped the backstories. (Or maybe I've just gotten so used to fast-forwarding through the backstories that I didn't notice they were there. ;) )
     
  18. Jun 27, 2018 #78 of 341
    pdhenry

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    This week I noticed that the Skip Mode cues are set up great on AGT. You can skip the ad (of course), skip the human interest buildup after the ad and go to the performer coming onstage, skip to the end of the performance, and/or skip the post-performance feedback and the next ad break.
     
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  19. Jun 28, 2018 #79 of 341
    Mikeguy

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    Thanks for the reminder--I had forgotten about the new beta skip chaptering.
     
  20. Jun 28, 2018 #80 of 341
    MikeekiM

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    Wait, what?

    I didn't know they implemented this... How does one know that this has been implemented for the show that you are watching? Very cool...
     

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