'America's Got Talent': Gladys Knight and the cheerleaders Season 5, Episode 15


Last night showcased some of the more talented singers left in the competition, like Alice Tan Ridley, who gave us a powerful rendition of Gladys Knight’s “Midnight Train to Georgia.” Ridley really can sing, and I can’t help but think that if age wasn’t a factor, she would at least make it to Hollywood week on American Idol. (How did her version of the song compare to that of Idol runner-up Crystal Bowersox?) Michael Grimm took to the electric guitar for Al Green’s “Tired of Being Alone,” and gave another soulful, enjoyable performance. And then there was 12-year-old Lil Chris. (Is there room for another “Lil” artist on the market these days?) He can sing, and he’s a great dancer - plus I always appreciate a good Ne-Yo song - but doesn’t his voice still need to change? It may be too early for him to headline a show on the Vegas strip if puberty is still a ways away. Let’s wait a few years.


What I don’t understand about America’s Got Talent is how the aforementioned acts are forced to compete against all kinds of crazy like air bands, muscle men, cheerleaders, and magicians. I’m all for variety, but I really don’t understand some of these acts. Here are my biggest headscratchers from last night:


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