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#26 OFFLINE   Henry

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 11:11 AM

It seems somewhat of an interesting coincidence that in the same year they add Howard Stern...the whacko acts seem to be coming out of the woodwork. :D


Oh Gosh no. "Whacko" acts have always been a staple of AGT. Remember "Prince Poppycock" ?
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Posted 06 June 2012 - 03:50 PM

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 06:12 PM

Oh Gosh no. "Whacko" acts have always been a staple of AGT. Remember "Prince Poppycock" ?


Probably my favorite act ever.

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 08:04 PM

I wonder why he only served in Afghanistan for a month. Is that unusual if there is no injury? He has said its not uncommon for records to go missing, but he said he couldn't produce proof.

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 08:11 PM

I don't imagine he'll even get to Vegas on AGT's dime. :)


They've made even more famous acts disappear before, or at least one.

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 09:46 PM

They've made even more famous acts disappear before, or at least one.


Forget about the back story on him. Based on his talent alone, IMHO, he should in no way make it to Vegas. I laughed when Howie said he was a "Phenominal Talent". I hate it that these talent shows "Cherry Pick" individuals to promote via personal stories. It has nothing at all to do with their talent and shouldn't play in to it.

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 10:20 PM

If they were honest about trying to find a million dollar talent there would be a lot less acts going to Vegas. When they use "you're not a million dollar act" as an excuse for giving someone a no it makes me wonder why the consider the flops they pass million dollar acts.

A couple of years ago when they introduced the mass Vegas elimination at the airport it seemed to take the pressure off of just how strict the judges needed to be at the "auditions". When most of the "going to Vegas" acts end up winning a trip to Vegas and no further chance to perform they can reward non million dollar acts.

If "worth a million dollars" was the true standard for going to Vegas the show would be rejecting nearly all of the acts and would be fairly cynical.

The show itself has been annoying me more this year than in past years because of the way they edit together clips of stuff we have not seen yet. I don't want to see acts before they take the stage. (The pre-interview segements are ok, but stop showing people's stage performances before they are introduced.) There are also a lot of acts that get short clip passes to Vegas.

The overall fakeness of the show also gets to me. I know that the "auditions" we see on TV are not off the street performances. There are levels that lead up to getting in front of the celebrity judges. When the judges complain about an act being a complete waste of time that is an act that was INVITED to perform on stage by the producers. All of the crowd shots of the acts filling a conference center in costume or lined up seem contrived as well.

After the then 11 year old Bianca Ryan won the first season I got tired of little girls singing "you're going to love me". Terry Fator from season 2 is probably the best talent the show has seen. It has been a male singer winning the show for the past four seasons. None have succeeded as much as Terry.

And yet I watch.

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 11:08 AM

Probably my favorite act ever.


They can be a hoot! :lol:

Oops! Hit "send" too soon.

I was one of those that actually liked Poppycock. But alas, attempting to sing Nessum Dorma (sp?) at the end did him in.
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Posted 07 June 2012 - 11:12 AM

They've made even more famous acts disappear before, or at least one.



Yep, +1
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Posted 07 June 2012 - 11:21 AM

[...] And yet I watch.


Me too. A lot of the acts going to Vegas are baaaaaaaad. Even some of those that make it past Vegas, are questionable.

Besides Fator, I don't care what the winning act does after the show ends its prime time run.

I am well entertained by the antics of both the wannabes and the judges... and I don't take any of it seriously. :)
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Posted 07 June 2012 - 11:56 AM

I just wish they'd show more acts and less "background". I don't care if someone's dog has one leg or their Dad is a crossdresser, I just want to see the acts. I ff through all the fluff and as a result, the show only takes about 20 minutes to watch. They could show twice as many acts if they wanted to. Tuesday night, I think they showed about 6 actual performances in an hour. Pitiful.

And while I like Howard, it's starting to become the Howard show. First his Dad, then Robin, and he gets on stage at least once an episode. Throttle him back a bit.

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Posted 08 June 2012 - 05:28 PM

America's Got Talent' Contestant Tim Poe Apologizes

"I would like to take the time to tell the American people how truly sorry I am that they had to endure the incomplete facts," Poe told the New York Post in an email interview. "I understand how they feel."


Poe provided the Post with his retirement orders, which indicate that he suffers from an "injury or disease received in the line of duty as a direct result of armed conflict or caused by an instrumentality of war and incurred in the line of duty during a period of war."


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Posted 09 June 2012 - 04:48 PM

I've been a Howard fan since he first started in NY over 30 years ago I've also been a AGT fan since it first started but all I can say is:

BRING BACK PIERS!

His "dry humor" is missed with Howard who (despite what he says on the radio) rarely "X"'s anyone and certainly doesn't "tell it like it is" as Piers did or they are editing it out.

I also didn't like the "live comments" from the audience which they seemed to cut out last week. It was as "random" as a reality show is "unscripted."

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 12:21 PM

I don't want Piers back, except maybe as a parking valet for Sharon. If I want a Brit to insult the efforts of a contestant, I can always tune in to The X Factor.

I haven't been a fan of Howard's in the past ... I am now - at least on TV. So far, he hasn't violated any Network Standards or done anything that can be interpreted as gross. IMHO much of what he has done since joining the panel has probably been fed to him by the Producers.

Has anyone noticed if the viewership has moved up or down since he came on board? Not that it matters to me.
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Posted 10 June 2012 - 01:04 PM

Has anyone noticed if the viewership has moved up or down since he came on board? Not that it matters to me.

According to the wikipedia this season's premier had the lowest number of viewers of any premier so far and was below the average viewers per show for each season except the first.

Of course, premier viewers are sight unseen based on the promos and other stuff going on. The show seems to be doing better since the premier ... perhaps the premier was scheduled too early?

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 01:07 PM

Thanks, James.
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Posted 10 June 2012 - 02:57 PM

According to the wikipedia this season's premier had the lowest number of viewers of any premier so far and was below the average viewers per show for each season except the first.

Of course, premier viewers are sight unseen based on the promos and other stuff going on. The show seems to be doing better since the premier ... perhaps the premier was scheduled too early?

It was scheduled against the finale of other shows. Other years it wasn't.

2006: 6/21
2007: 6/5
2008: 6/17
2009: 6/23
2010: 6/1
2011: 5/31
2012: 5/14

I've not watched the show before, but figured would watch with Howard this year.

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 08:06 PM

Has anyone noticed if the viewership has moved up or down since he came on board? Not that it matters to me.

Obviously it does matter or you would not have asked. :grin::lol:;)

Anyway, to answer your question they pushed the show up earlier this year but it's premier was up against a couple finales including Dancing With The Stars, the Bachelorette, Bones & House and it did lousy.

In the weeks following it was on top of the ratings in total viewers.

http://blogs.orlando...ay-ratings.html

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 10:45 AM

Obviously it does matter or you would not have asked. :grin::lol:;)

Anyway, to answer your question they pushed the show up earlier this year but it's premier was up against a couple finales including Dancing With The Stars, the Bachelorette, Bones & House and it did lousy.

In the weeks following it was on top of the ratings in total viewers.

http://blogs.orlando...ay-ratings.html


It's the truth, TBlazer, I really don't care.

I was simply asking because your previous post wanted Piers back. The implication being that Howard was somehow hurting the program.

Thanks to the info from you and James, I don't think that's an issue.
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Posted 18 June 2012 - 01:20 PM

It's the truth, TBlazer, I really don't care.

I was simply asking because your previous post wanted Piers back. The implication being that Howard was somehow hurting the program.

Thanks to the info from you and James, I don't think that's an issue.


I don't think Howard is hurting the show at all, in fact it is the opposite. I just preferred Piers because I felt he was more of a "judge" and sometimes his brutal honesty was hysterical and his "feud" with Howie was great. Now it's just a lovefest of putting through a bunch of crappy acts. Howard said he was going to be honest with everyone as a judge but he's as bad or worse than the other 2 when it comes to "judging." He likes everything.

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 01:26 PM

I don't think Howard is hurting the show at all, in fact it is the opposite. I just preferred Piers because I felt he was more of a "judge" and sometimes his brutal honesty was hysterical and his "feud" with Howie was great. Now it's just a lovefest of putting through a bunch of crappy acts. Howard said he was going to be honest with everyone as a judge but he's as bad or worse than the other 2 when it comes to "judging." He likes everything.


I can assure you that when the time comes and AGT needs more drama in the panel, you'll get your "feud". ;)

My thinking is that Howard is being short-leashed for this season as a way of showing to the public that he's not an out-of-control loose cannon. After that, watch out! :eek2:

I don't take the premise of this show very seriously. It's just mindless entertainment. One act sings, another squeals; one has dogs, and the other has a sleepy pig. :lol:

At times, behind-the-scenes is more entertaining. There are changes there too. First we had Regis; then Jerry; and now Nick ... why not change the judges from time-to-time as well? It's not like they require any special talent. Does it really matter if a judge gets replaced? That too is part of the show. Howard is a great comical contrast to the grumpy Piers. That there are judging panel changes is just par for the course ... and expected.

It's fun .. bring it on! :P
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Posted 21 June 2012 - 01:48 PM

The overall fakeness of the show also gets to me. I know that the "auditions" we see on TV are not off the street performances. There are levels that lead up to getting in front of the celebrity judges. When the judges complain about an act being a complete waste of time that is an act that was INVITED to perform on stage by the producers. All of the crowd shots of the acts filling a conference center in costume or lined up seem contrived as well.


I auditioned in LA a couple of seasons ago, and the crowd part filling up the rooms and lining up on the street is (was?) accurate...there was a guy in a spandex outfit and about a million colored boas that I truly would have liked to have seen on TV just to find out what the hell he was going to do with all those feathers.....

At least for the singers, the actual audition was two levels removed from getting on stage, and yeah, they definitely cherry pick a few "crowd pleasers" that bypass the audition phase completely....

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Posted 21 June 2012 - 02:00 PM

I auditioned in LA a couple of seasons ago, and the crowd part filling up the rooms and lining up on the street is (was?) accurate...there was a guy in a spandex outfit and about a million colored boas that I truly would have liked to have seen on TV just to find out what the hell he was going to do with all those feathers.....

At least for the singers, the actual audition was two levels removed from getting on stage, and yeah, they definitely cherry pick a few "crowd pleasers" that bypass the audition phase completely....


So which act and season were you? :)
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Posted 23 June 2012 - 09:28 PM

So which act and season were you? :)


It was season 5, and never you mind which act I was....:D

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 10:35 PM

It was season 5, and never you mind which act I was....:D

Prince Poppycock? :eek2:

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