DOES AMERICA HAVE TALENT? - Last night I was all geared up and settled in with my glass of water and popcorn, ready to laugh and be amazed by the show America’s Got Talent. Although it came on an hour earlier, I re-arranged my schedule so that I was front and center when it all began.
I have to admit, not all weeks can be filled with groups that have the “WoW” factor, and last night was one of those nights. As I searched for my top three picks for this article, I was disappointed to find that there was no video or picture to be found for one performer.
Nick Cannon- emcee for America’s Got Talent
My first pick is a young man who went simply by the name Spire. Sad to say, there is no video available of his talent but I can aptly describe it for you. It was a maze of chain reactions that took up an entire lobby.
I can only imagine that it must have taken him the better part of several days to put it together, each piece precisely laid within specified increments so that each action resulted in additional movement. It consisted of ramps, dominoes, balls, swings and towers; all playing a critical role in the progression from start to finish. It was an amazing spectacle, however this type of act can only go so far.
The drawback to this type of performance would be creating a size that is adaptable to an audience and of course the time factor; each demonstration would be completed within minutes and it would be very hard to make this a Vegas act.
If it were not for the shows host, Nick Cannon, I may have well turned the channel or shut the tube off-but he seems to know when to add humor and his nutty behavior entertains when the show begins to drag.
His real job on the show, or so it appears, is to be make each performer relax before going in front of the judges and to congratulate or console them afterwards. Often too, he is pulled on stage to be a part of the act as he was with Ron Niu-who is my second choice.
In true entertainment fashion Ron Niu brings forth talent from days long ago. It is not often that we have the privilege of watching in awe acts that were only witnessed under the big tent the likes of Barnum and Bailey. With a humble personality Niu shares that her talent was passed down through the family line and I really hope that we will be seeing more of her as the show goes progresses.
Kenichi Ebina-Matrix Robotik Dancer
I end the article with what I considered the highlight of the night, a remarkable type of dance that is more of a performing art than “dance floor” style dancing. Street dancing and raw energy type moves have been a draw for America’s Got Talent over the years and this next video proves it. Enjoy watching this young man’s moves which are unique and bend into one another so easily that the entire performance looks effortless.
Now, some of you may think this statement harsh, but why do they allow such young children to compete on the show? While many of them are talented, truly would you pay upwards of $40 or more to see them in a Vegas act?
It seems cruel to allow them to advance in the competition when the outcome is going to be that they will be booted off. It is clear that child contestants usually don’t win even when they are impressive for their age. Look at Jackie Evancho or even six year old, Connie Talbot who finished second in Britain’s Got Talent. In all fairness, there should be an age limit of….say 15 to be on the show.
To look at it another way, how many of you would be comfortable taking your children to perform in Vegas? Is it an appropriate atmosphere for children? I think not and in light of that if the end-prize were to be a 6-city tour then it would be a different matter altogether. Again, I say that young children should not be a part of this competition. It is not the proper venue, and that is why children will not make it into my top picks.
What do you think? Should children be allowed to compete against adults in an adult arena; Is it fair to the child? Please leave your comments below.