First and foremost, happiest birthday to Lisa Q. Mathews! Wishing you a terrific celebration!
And now onto the post…
Is anyone else addicted to America’s Got Talent? We stumbled across it by accident years ago and have been watching it ever since.
People from all over the world compete in this talent show (either in America or in the other countries’ Got Talent shows). It’s amazing to see the variety of performances…there are so many talented people out there!
There’s always the potential for surprise, too. The acts can seem like they’re going to be one thing and turn out to be another. Or they offer something you’ve never seen before. Or they’re shocking, either in a positive or not-so-positive way. And truth be told, even the really bad acts can be entertaining.
The judges are engaging as well…you never know how they’re going to react to a given contestant. Plus, there are great celebrity guest judges. And there’s always the possibility of the Golden Buzzer moment: each judge has the power to propel one favorite act immediately forward to the live show level.
And finally, the show can be surprisingly moving…not only are the Golden Buzzers emotional, but also as the contestants move through the rounds, you learn who they are and where they come from via little interviews and mini-documentaries, and by the time they’re in the finals, you may be cheering for them not only because they’re incredibly talented but also because you want them to get their big break.
To sum up, it’s simply beautiful to see people with genuine talent reach a world stage.
In our house, we are probably most partial to dancers, magicians, illusionists, comedians, and feats of danger, but we truly enjoy watching them all.
Check out these dancers, for example. Just wow.
If you watch AGT, what are your favorite acts? Or, if you were on a talent show, what would your talent be?
(Here are a few clips from various years, for fun.)