A few days before America's Got Talent moves to the real competition, that is, the top 40, observers note that only one act has went over the one-million mark on YouTube, refuting predictions that the so-called Susan Boyle phenomenon will rub off on its stateside cousin.
Kentucky chicken catcher Kevin Skinner, 35, surprised everyone with a heartfelt rendition of the Garth Brooks ballad If Tomorrow Never Comes and so far is the lone season 4 act whose video has been viewed more than a million times on YouTube. The number, however, remains a far cry from the initial 20 million overnight hits for Boyle, a number which eventually ballooned to a staggering 200 million.
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When Skinner took the America's Got Talent
stage in early July, his strong southern accent and goofy demeanor drew hoots from the audience, who laughed even more when he revealed he previously worked as a chicken catcher. After his performance, however, no one was laughing.
Some, meanwhile, say that it's radio technician Kari Callin from Seattle who was the closest to resembling the Susan Boyle effect on AGT
, when the plain-looking 43-year-old (Boyle was 47 when she first performed) took the stage and wowed everyone with her performance of Somewhere, which, like Boyle's I Dreamed a Dream, is also from a musical.
Piers Morgan, who sat on the Britain's Got Talent
panel during Boyle's memorable breakthrough performance, said, "One thing that I learned as a judge was never judge a book by its cover. Judge people how they sing. You have an amazing voice." Indeed, Callin elicited the same speech when Boyle performed.
As of the moment, however, her videos average only around 50,000 to 75,000 hits on YouTube. In fact, some critics predict that she might not even make it to the top 40.
- Glenn Diaz, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: The Examiner(Image courtesy of NBC)