America has spoken. Former chicken catcher from Kentucky and country "singer" Kevin Skinner is adjudged winner on America's Got Talent. What are the implications of that - Kevin Skinner is the best talent America can offer this season.
Now watch Kevin Skinner's final performance on the show. Now tell me if that's talent.
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And please. Fans of Kevin Skinner have implored us critics of him to refrain from being judgmental and mean and cynical and stuff, because he's a genuinely nice and sincere guy. No one questioned his values, no one questioned his heart. I don't personally question his sincerity (even though there's really no way to ascertain someone's value system in a stretch of only a few weeks).
But please, the show is America's Got Talent
. Now if the Kevin Skinner fans can watch his final performance of "I Don't Want a Miss a Thing" and tell me that it's at par with Barbara Padilla's or The Texas Tenors' or even Drew Stevyns' performance, then I rest my case.
Don't tell me about raw and that country music is more about emotions than actual singing ability. Rascal Flatts, Martina McBride, Carrie Underwood. You don't have to pick between so-called "emotions" and talent. And since people are yakking about "emotions" to sort of justify Kevin's winning, care to listen to Barbara, or Drew, or even Recycled Percussion, who performed with so much gusto and no doubt put in several hours of practice. Judging from Kevin's performance, all he needed was a lyric sheet and he's all set. No need to practice that one.
But then again, if someone as talented as Susan Boyle can lose a reality show, then I suppose someone as talent-less as Kevin Skinner can win one. Bottom line: there is no accounting for taste.
- Glenn Diaz, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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