Is Vegas The Right Venue For Grimm

Just a few quick words on the outcome of the America’s Got Talent finale, Sept. 15. The outcome of this show was a good illustration of why talent shows decided by the viewing public aren’t always spot on.

Michael Grimm took home the purse and a show of his own on the Las Vegas strip.

Michael Grimm is not Las Vegas material. He needs to be out touring not only the U.S. but different parts of the world.  The man has soul.

The premise of AGT missed the mark on their selection with regard to what was in it to win it.

The show is a great spring board to launch a career like his. The viewership is the ticket buying public. But he needs to go to them. Counting on them going to see him in Vegas doesn’t seem likely.

Of the four acts that made it to the final round which included Jackie Evancho, Fighting Gravity, and Prince Poppycock the voting public should have been filled in a bit more on what the Las Vegas scene is like and why it was part of the purse. Prince Poppycock would be my choice to fill that style venue.

The look on Sharon Osbourne’s face when Prince Poppycock took the 4th slot confirmed that, she too, was amazed voters didn’t take the venue into consideration. It ended as a true talent contest based on skill, but not necessarily popularity.

There may well be a whole set of reasons why televised talent competitions end up the way they do, and we just don’t have the inside skinny. For those that were hoping against hope that Jackie Evancho would win, in the end she did. She is much too young to be using her voice in that style. If she continues that style singing with any regularity she will likely destroy it by the time she is 20. A wonderful career in music probably awaits Jackie. The timing just isn’t right.

Tell me what you think.

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