|Judges Piers Morgan, Sharon Osborne, Howie Mandel.|
With each episode about six to ten acts get sent on to the next round of America's Got Talent in Las Vegas. This is the fun part of the show because you get to see all of the really hideous, clueless, untalented acts. Once we get to Vegas, we'll see if decent acts can take their show up a notch.
Over the past couple weeks there has been a cavalcade of losers and a few really good winners. When you throw out the acts that have absolutely no talent and focus on the ones that have been sent on to Las Vegas, you have to keep asking the question, "Is this a $1 Million act that can headline in Las Vegas (an hour show)?" When you post that question, you can start to see who will make it out of Vegas and on to Hollywood, the next round.
Sure the lady with the talking parrot a few weeks ago was cute, but could you sit through an hour of that? The only thing that could fill an hour would be for her to cook the parrot and eat it.
Singers, magicians, really diverse dance troupes and the acts that are truly amazing and different have the best shot at getting to the finals. Last year's Fighting Gravity made it to the finals with a unique visually stimulating show that kept growing and evolving. That's what it takes.
If you really want to know who has the best shot at winning America's Got Talent, you have to drop the "Talent" part of the title of the show and replace it with "Stories" - yes, America's Got Stories.
We all love great stories and through the course of the season we learn more and more about the stories behind the rising talents. Those stories are what grab people emotionally and cause them to vote. As dynamic an act as Fighting Gravity was, Michael Grimm had the best story. He was a poor boy from Mississippi, raised by elderly grandparents who had lost everything when hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf coast. If anyone needed a buck and a break, it was Michael Grimm - and he won.
Look for the most emotional stories that build throughout the season and you'll have a good idea as to who will win.
So far, we have about a half a dozen singers who have been shy or closeted performers. They have stories. They'll go far because we've already seen they have amazing talent. A really good act will go to the finals, but a really good act with a story will probably win.
For now, during the pre-Las Vegas round, enjoy the carnival sideshows and complete boobs that have no business on a stage, unless they're cleaning it. It's fun.
The next round is all about taking your show up a notch. Remember, we're looking for an act that can headline in Las Vegas - which means an hour show. Acts that are charming and entertaining for 90 seconds, have to be asked, "Can you expect us to watch you for an hour?" Answer that and you'll get an idea who will win. And keep listening for the stories. Viewers vote based on emotions. And the deeper they are touched, the better chance an act has.
After the next round of shows, I'll give you a couple acts to watch. They have what it takes to make it to the finals.
America's Got Talent 2011 Season 6 - June 29, 2011 - Houston had some great acts, but only one or two fit the above criteria. Can you tell me who you think they are? Make comments below.
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