Is ‘America’s Got Talent’ Turning Into Just Another Singing Show?
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…
The big twist next week must be Adam and Blake showing up since this has become a singing competition #AGTChampions
— Gary Reinhardt (@MidloModerate) January 29, 2019
Really annoyed to see more singers going through on #AGTChampions. It’s going to be a singing competition by the end of it. I would’ve much rather seen @TheDrewLynch, @TapeFaceBoy, or @RegurgitatorSS go through.
— Kate (@KateD412) January 29, 2019
#AGTChampions love this show, but this show is becoming a singing competition. I wish there was better variety in the acts.. smh. Champions is just a complete let down at this point.
— Morgan Rose (@Madams2543) January 29, 2019
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 singer – Courtney Hadwin – losing to a variety act – Shin 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!