As of press time, the top 40 of America's Got Talent is just 14 acts short of being complete, but the most surprising elimination, some says, is Kari Callin, the radiology technician from Seattle who reaped comparisons with Britain's Got Talent alum and global singing sensation Susan Boyle because of their similar storylines.
Callin, 43, sang "Somewhere" from the musical West Side Story in a mid-July audition on America's Got Talent and immediately, people started comparing her to Boyle. "You're going to go back to that same cruise ship and you're going to charge that guy $40,000 a night. And he's going to pay it, because you deserve it. Fantastic," judge David Hasselhoff has said, in reference to Callin's story about her applying for a cruise ship job and the person in charge dismissing her based on her looks.
As the over 160 acts are narrowed down to the top 40, however, Callin was among the first batch of casualties when the first cut was made as soon as the plane landed in Las Vegas. Yes, those in Callin's group didn't even get to have a second chance at performing. They flew all the way to Vegas just to have their hopes dashed in the airport. Tallan Noble Latz and the Spiritual Harmonizers were among the poor 40 who got cut.
The elimination of Kari had a lot of people surprised, especially after all judges gave her performance raves and even standing ovation. "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," said Piers Morgan, while Sharon Osbourne told her to "forget the cruise ship. They will never be able to afford you."
Kari's YouTube videos, however, don't fare as well as Boyle's, whose audition was viewed an astonishing 20 million times over night.
- Glenn Diaz, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: NBC(Image courtesy of NBC)