Recap: The Show Jumps the Shark

There was a moment during tonight's episode of America's Got Talent when I had faith in the system. A rather ordinary magician with a generic sob story did a traditional and dull trick. The judges recognized that they liked him and his story, but there was nothing special about the act. The Hoff said no. I thought for a moment that, for once, the show would rise above being a stupid personality contest and actually reward talent.

That dream died, because the other two judges said yes. Despite saying that his act was boring and they've seen the same thing by many other people who they didn't put through, they put him through because they liked him. This is not a talent show, it's a damn popularity contest.

What's worse is Sharon Osbourne's mental retardation that sis so extreme it would get her sent to the electric chair in Texas. She said, and I quote, "I've seen that trick many times before, but I've never seen YOu do that trick." By that logic, every person she's seen do that trick was the first time she saw THAT person do the trick, so everyone who ever does anything should make it through, because everyone is doing something she's never seen before.

It's dumb. It's idiotic, it's stupid, it makes me mad, it's not right, it's not fair, it's wrong, it's offensive, it's irrational, it makes me want to kick a puppy down a flight of stairs. America's Got Talent is not a serious show, and if anyone ever tries to tell you that these people or this show matters or that there's any validity to anything that it produces, simply point to this episode and this moment, and you will win the argument.

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Jul 12, 2009 6:28PM EDT

I wouldn't necessarily agree that he was unqualified. Part of the appeal of a "star", and especially a magician is showmanship. What Sharon Osborne was saying is that he had that. Not everyone who has a talent is a star, Susan Boyle is an example.
I think this show looks for entertainers, and your act doesn't need to be flawless to be entertaining.

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