For the record, I do not doubt Kevin Skinner's - uh - heart. I'm sure this person is very genuine and very nice, but is America's Got Talent all about storylines? If he sang that song in front of American Idol judges, he'd get hell from Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson. On the other hand, this show's judge (Piers Morgan) gave him a standing ovation and said that the former chicken catcher is his favorite to win the whole thing.
Come results show, all the judges' fawning over Kevin Skinner paid off, as he safely sailed through to the next round. Joining Skinner are fellow singers The Texas Tenors, The Voices of Glory, comedian Grandma Lee, and dancing sisters The Fab Five. I don't know about you, but this list screams overrated to me.
Meanwhile, among those eliminated from America's Got Talent
include Arcadian Broad, Paradizo Dance, Acrodunk, Drew Thomas Magic, and Tony Hoard and Rory.
The judges were supposed to pick between The Voices of Glory and The Fab Five for the final fourth spot, but since the judges can apparently "do whatever they want on this show" (so says host Nick Cannon), they can opt to bypass their own rules and have both acts advance.
Back to Skinner. He sang You Are Always On My Mind, and David Hasselhoff was all, you really grew in this competition. Now go ahead and watch his audition piece. Now tell me there has been growth. Sure, he has shed the chicken-catching outfit, but let's ignore that for a second and focus on the - well - talent. And his singing. Also, was he really playing the guitar during his performance? Or was he just strumming to make it seem like he was?
On the other hand, we see how Arcadian Broad meekly and almost tearfully protested that he didn't want to do an HSM
act but the producers "gave" him this hand. Piers tried to salvage the issue by saying that it wasn't about his performance, but clearly, Arcadian revealed something they'd like to keep hidden. And what a horrible non-segueing job Nick Canon did in saying the performers have the final say.
At least Arcadian broke a sweat - literally and otherwise - during his performance. Kevin Skinner didn't.
- Glenn Diaz, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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