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Guilty pleasure; pure mindless entertainment that makes no bones about it
The past couple years have seen a lot of competition show a la "American Idol" and America's Got Talent attempts to replicate the magic of the show, and in a way only seems to draw because of pure curiosity as opposed to actual talent. Unlike "American Idol", "Talent" has more of that antagonistic, demeaning feel to it, which is odd considering the brutality of Simon Cowell on his main show. "Talent" seems to want to showcase acts less for the merit and more for the sheer novelty.
That said, it does have it's magical moments like "Idol" does. Moments such as where 11-year-old Bianca Ryan sang like a black woman and when the Quick Change Artists completely screwed with our minds on how they changed so quickly really bring a lot of color to a show that is otherwise sinister to concept. The format of the show is also not nearly as polished as some other shows as the quick and vast eliminations (10 at a time, I believe) reduce the credibility of the show and makes it hard to really be attached. And frankly, the admission of some acts (Dave the Horn Guy? Kenny Shelton?) over more worthy competitors and the frequent Pier Morgan channeling Simon Cowell just reduce a show that lacks a lot of charm anyway.
So, in the end, I'm mixed about America's Got Talent. Watch it for just a little laugh of a show to indulgent and silly for its own good. But if you are expecting something more legit, there's always Amazing Race.
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