"America's Got Talent" (2006)
America's got talent, the show has not
Simon Cowell manages to try another spin-off of "American Idol",
despite of the failure with his previous attempt "American Inventor".
It follows the same guidelines than "American Idol", you know, a host
the three stereotypical judges, an obedient crowd for audience, and
some entertaining contestants plus many more that are shown only for
their humiliation on national TV, that is actually what most of the
public seems to dig anyway. Even more, giving it is an open talent
contest, half of them are singers what gives Cowell a chance for a shot
closer to the "Idol" success.
Regis Philbin does his job, he always manages to look as a nice guy, I
don't think he contributes rising the show interest but is not
responsible for the poor overcome either.
Moving on. I may concede that the Idol's judge model settled what seems
to be the Holly Grail of reality-show contests, but that's not magic.
The chosen court must have some charisma. In the Idol, it was this
Cowell's quality that brought attention to the show. But did he manage
to put together an attractive set of judges prescinding of himself?
Let me start by David Hasselhoff just because he is the only I know. At
least when watching Hasselhoff a couple of generations will feel some
kind of comfort reminding "Knight rider" and "Baywatch". And it
guarantees the show will be sold in Germany too.
Piers Morgan, who I don't have any clue who he is, takes the role of
the wise and balanced judge completing his stereotype with a British
accent that in America seems -wrongfully- to be synonymous of a higher
Finally Brandy. No, they are not drinking any alcoholic liquor, but may
be you'll need it to digest why this completely unknown -or at least
very well forgotten- singer (that is how they introduced her) is the
judge that completes the trilogy. When Hasselhoff and Morgan are
somehow appealing, Brandy is some kind of hyper-kinetic and overexcited
Tasmanian Devil sat in the middle. At some point I felt bad for Morgan
whose face seems Brandy preferred target for the uncontrollable spin of
her arms and her annoying affection demonstrations.
In his modesty Cowell doesn't realize that the success of his shows is
linked to him being in front the cameras rather than behind them. If
Simon were in this show not even the contestants would be necessary to
nail its success. But this is not the case. Clearly.