Tonight “America’s Got Talent” (#AGT) will wrap up the latest season where I have become hooked for the first time. I am going to make a prediction at this point that Forte (@ForteTenors) will be the winners. I think they really knocked it out of the park last night and was a notch above the rest. So while we are just about on the verge of the season ending, I thought I would share some thoughts.
First off, a note about the judges; Howie Mandel (@howiemandel), Howard Stern (@HowardStern), Heidi Klum (@heidiklum), MelB (@ScarySpiceGirl) and host Nick Cannon (@NickCannon). I have watched Heidi Klum on Project Runway now for years and feel that I have at least a passing knowledge on her tastes and was excited that she was a judge. Howie Mandel I have been a fan of for some time starting with his comedy and moving through his hosting on shows like “Deal or no Deal”. Howard Stern was a bit of a concern for me given his reputation as America’s shock jock, but I was pleasant surprised at his family friendly judging style and very often agreed with him. MelB, who is Scary Spice from the Spice Girls, I had honestly not heard of before but loved her British accent and the fact that she has retweeted several of my tweets about the show. In all, they all proved to be good judges of talent and helped to make the show very enjoyable with their other antics (like the Howie Howard makeup kiss, totally hilarious stuff). I would say that the only thing this judging panel is missing is me
The talent was amazing and awesome and even had some that were, well, not so talented as they thought. I did enjoy watching the different styles of acts that each and everyone would put on. My wife did have an interesting comment about the talent; however, which was that AGT should not have singers. Why? Because there are several other singing competition shows (American Idol, X-Factor, The Voice, etc) but no shows for say someone like a strength act or maybe even an acrobatic act. If AGT was to limit the potential contestants to items that were not amply represented in other shows it might be even more interesting. I tend to agree with this idea.
That said and with all pleasantries exchanged, I would like to move on to where I would recommend change and that is in the shows format. I think that it is suffering a bit in an area that was summed up by Howie’s last night comments concerning how do you compare someone who just sings a song with someone who writes their own song with who created an entire show all from their own imagination. That is a good point. I think that the answer would be found in a slight change of the format and created categories (or divisions, or sections, or etc). If they were to separate acts into at least six categories (more if necessary) like Singing, Dancing, Acrobatic, Danger, Comedy, Strength, Other, etc, then they could have the judging and bracketing occur in each of the categories until a champion (so to speak) of each category is crowned perhaps with a trophy or some minor prize. The finale would be all the champions competing against each other for the grand prize.
The way that I see it is like this. Open auditions would continue as normal followed by the judges breaking everyone down into the categories and cutting where necessary (similar to this seasons Vegas week). The quarter-finals would be held in each category to select the top 4 (or whatever number) for each category based on America voting. The semi-finals would be the top acts competing in their respective categories to see who would be crowned the category champion based again on America’s vote. Once all of the category champions have been crowned, then the finale would be each of them performing for the chance at the grand prize where again the winner is selected based on America’s voting. While this would not change the finale format, it would change the underlining formats so that singers would be up against singers and dancers against dancers, etc. In addition, they can juggle the categories based on the number of solid performing acts. For example, if you only had four dancers than you could move them into the other category and not have a separate dancing category. Of course, this would put some acts competing against a potpourri of other talent but things happen and some acts while good enough to go through do not really hold to a category very well. I think this format change would help America ferret out the best in each style and then pick the overall winner at the end.
What would this mean for this season had they done it this way? Well, I think in the singing category Forte (@ForteTenors) would have been the champions. Collins Key (@CollinsKey) would be the winner of the magic category (or the other category if there were not enough magicians) Comedy would still be Taylor Williamson (@TaylorComedy) and dance would be Kenichi Ebina (@KenichiEbina). That would have taken Jimmy Rose (@JimmyRoseAGT) and Cami Bradley (@camibradley) out earlier (and I do like both of their acts so this is not a knock against them). However, it would have potentially kept the Kristef Brothers (@kristefbrothers) in as a strength act an Innovative Force (@InnovativeForce) as an acrobatic act. In the end, the grand prize winner would be the same (assuming my prediction is correct) but would have made it a bit more interesting. Or at least that is what I think
Whether or not the changes are implemented (or they select me as the new fifth judge), I am going to be tuning in not only for tonight’s finale but also for next season to see what kind of talent shows up.
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