Cynthia Kuhn

Show Us The Talent

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.)


38 thoughts on “Show Us The Talent

  1. My favorites? The Glamazons singers from either season 1 or 2 I think. For big, bold, beautiful women dancing and singing, wearing outfits the normal larger woman is afraid to wear.
    And who dare forget the 84 year-old Ray Jessel (May he RIP). The best comedian out there. His audition? A little diddy he wrote. About dating a woman who “was so much more than he bargained for”. If you haven’t seen this one. Look on you tube!
    My talent? If it hadn’t been for my accident when I was 15, I’d be playing piano world wide right now. But, that’s in the past. What would I do? Can you guess? Anyone who knows me would say stand up comedy. And they’d be right. Don’t know how far I’d get, but I’d leave them laughing.
    Picture it. A hot summer day. I’m at a man’s apartment trying to issue a summons. I knock on the door. I’d never seen him before. A seventy something opened the door, and there he is, in white underwear and glasses. Nothing else. Fortunately I had the class not to look down, so I can’t tell you whether it was briefs or boxers. I told him I had to physically hand out to him. He said I was violating his civil rights. Of course I was thinking “what about my civil rights to not get this image burned into my head?” Now if he looked like ther Terminator, that would be a different story, but alas, he looked more like ther Terminator after going through high heat in the dryer when his label said dry clean only. I kept a straight face and did my job. Yeah, I still remember this 15 years later.
    And that’s why my coworkers call me the Taminator.

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  2. Happy birthday, Lisa!

    I don’t watch the show, but I follow YouTube clips. I remember the little girl with the ventriolquist act from a couple seasons ago (I think she won and she was definitely a Golden Buzzer). I also remember a deaf girl who was getting back into music. She’d take off her shoes to feel the vibrations of the instruments through the floor.

    It is amazing.

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  3. Love AGT, and my daughter is the biggest champion in our house. She gets especially excited about acts that involve dance–or contortion. It’s all amazing and inspiring!

    Happy birthday, Lisa!


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  4. Great post, Cynthia! I don’t watch the show, but I did watch the highlights reel just now. Those guys singing “Over the Rainbow” legit made me cry! Oh, and Happy Birthday and much love, Lisa Q.!!

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  5. Happy birthday, Lisa!

    I don’t watch this show. I’m too busy during summer watching some TV on DVD sets (right now, it’s season 2 of Diagnosis: Murder), and watching American Ninja Warrior (plus another couple of hour long shows). I don’t seem to have time for much else for some reason. It’s funny because I watch a whole heck of a lot more during the rest of the year.

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  6. I’ve never watched it. Only caught clips on YouTube that promise to move me to tears. (Okay, and TBH they usually do; I’m a sucker!) 🙂

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  7. I loved this so much! I only watch occasionally, but I get totally sucked in every time. My all time favorite show was one called America’s Best Dance Crew with Mario Lopez. Just Jerk reminds me of the kids who were on that show – so creative and talented. Thanks for sharing them.

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