I don't go in much for reality television. I ain't no purist and occasionally a show will grab me for a while. I got curious enough to watch Jersey Shore and it hooked me good; I may even check out the second season. Both The Apprentice and Hell's Kitchen had me for almost three seasons before I tired of them. That's inevitably what happens, I get tired of seeing the same thing over and over.
There is one show that always always sucks me in and it keeps getting better every year. I love me some America's Got Talent. I had no plans to watch it and this year then I happen upon an episode and somehow it migrates to my PVR recording and as it rounds out the quarter finals I am watching almost every minute of it. The part where show nervous contestants wait as they spend 45 seconds between "the act advancing to the next round is...." and the actual announcement. Yeah, I watch that. Ever single thing the judges say to the contestants. One of the best parts. Although in the early rounds, I skip over all the contestants back stories, just show me some quick change artist accidentally falling off the stage – now that’s entertainment!
I love the variety of this show. It's not all singers, nor dancers. It's the only show I can see a magician shoot fire from a staff all the way across the stage; then a band that plays with of volts of electricity in chain mail suits (they stand between giant tesla coils); a harmonica player; belly dancers; dance numbers that are off the hook; a weird cross dressing fop with an amazing voice; rock climbers who “dance” on the climbing wall (it’s beautiful); Haspop a dancer who’s body moves like jello; and some crazy blacklight matrix-style I don’t even know what to call it that’s awesome. As the final rounds get closer, it usually boils down to a bunch of singers and a dance act or two. Then again, a ventriloquist won the second season, so who knows. My favourite memory from last year is Recycled Percussion. Check out the video where the stage on rotates 90 degrees forwards.
Who can’t love that shit?