What’s With All The Singers Suddenly Dropping Like Flies on ‘AGT’?
We’re in the thick of the America’s Got Talent Season 13 semi-finals, which means the tables have started turning a bit for the acts.
For the past few seasons, AGT has become overwrought with singing acts. Singers competing on the show are nothing new – in fact, the first six winners of the competition were all singing acts – but ever since executive producer and SYCO owner Simon Cowell claimed a seat at the judges’ table there has undoubtedly been an influx of them – much to the chagrin of some viewers, who prefer to see wackier and more unique acts on the show.
Regardless, singers tend to be among AGT‘s less-polarizing acts; people have different tastes in comedy and not everyone can stomach the stunts done by the danger performers, but most people can appreciate a good voice. And a lot of them tend to have heartwarming backstories that help the audience connect to them. Many of the variety acts, on the other hand, are just too “out there” to be palatable for much of middle America, so they get cut relatively early on in the competition.
This generally results in the majority of singers in the quarter-finals advancing to the next round (even the more mediocre ones) while only the cream of the crop of the variety acts stick around past their first live show. So this is when the domination of singers really starts to become not only obvious, but boring. With so many singing acts in each of the episodes, anyone that’s not a singer tends to stand out.
Couple that with the fact that viewers who tend to support the variety acts have so few options in comparison to singer fans at that point (and that most of the ones who manage to make it past the quarter-finals are top-tier talent) and we have a likely reason why the tide tends to turn in the semi-finals and a lot of the singers start struggling to stand out and make it to the finale.
Take this past week’s episode for example: only one of the five singing acts in the group advanced, along with the only comedian, magician, circus duo, and acrobatic group on that week. The second semi-final round may prove to be another textbook case of this, since seven of the 11 acts involve singing. While that does mean we’re guaranteed to get at least one more singer in the finals, the variety acts will have an even bigger chance to stand out than they did this past episode.
America’s Got Talent returns Tuesday at 8/7c on NBC.