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Is ‘America’s Got Talent’ Turning Into Just Another Singing Show?

Julia Delbel

Julia Delbel

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Last night we found out the identity of two more America’s Got Talent: The Champions finalists, and, once again, both of them are singers. Kechi received Simon’s golden buzzer, while Brian Justin Crum won the fan vote, bringing the ratio of singing acts to any other type of act in the finals to 6:8, or 3:4. That’s right: over half the finalists have been revealed, and THREE QUARTERS of them are singers.


As evidenced by the response to the results of last night’s episode on social media this is a fact that has certainly not gone over the heads of the show’s fans…


For a lot of AGT fans, the appeal of the show is getting to see acts they wouldn’t be able to see on others shows like American Idol or The Voice which strictly showcase singers.


That last Reddit user makes an excellent point. Out of the 50 acts competing on Champions, only 15 of them involve singing. That means if two more singers advances to the finals, not only will over half the finale consist of singers, over half the singers competing will have made it to the finale.

Maybe the problem isn’t a lack of variety being presented, but that a lot of these acts seem to be viewed as little more than fodder or side performances before we see the “real” talent of the singers. A lot of Simon’s comments the past couple of weeks have seemed to imply this, as it has been notably difficult for the variety acts to get any praise from him while he’s been giving heaps of it to almost all the singers, even those who didn’t give their strongest vocal performance that day.

Unfortunately, the reality of Champions is that the show has already been pre-taped in its entirety, so those of us watching at home won’t have any say in the outcome. But the increasing number of singers on the show has been a hotly debated topic within the AGT fanbase for a few years now; pretty much since Simon joined the judging panel (and no, I don’t think that’s a coincidence, but that’s a topic for another time). It probably played a part in Season 13’s outcome last summer, with a heavily discussed and promoted singerCourtney Hadwin – losing to a variety actShin Lim – in the end.

How do you feel about the singing acts – and the number of them we’ve been seeing lately – on AGT? Let us know in the comments below!

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Julia Delbel
Julia is a writer at Talent Recap and hails from the Greater Toronto Area. She is currently pursuing a degree in Media Studies. When not sharing her latest reality TV hot takes she's likely enjoying a game night with friends, collecting enamel pins, or spending time with her cat, Zoey.

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