As if the early allegations of embellishing his story of military service on “America’s Got Talent” were not bad enough, Tim Poe is also now having to deal with the backlash of allegedly misrepresenting himself via a photo. If you think back to when the country singer was talking about his past in the military in his introduction, an image popped up on the screen of a man in camouflage. The problem? The man was not actually Poe — contrary to what the show tried to make us believe.
According to a new report from TMZ, the man in the photo presented is actually not of Poe — but rather a Staff Sargent named Norman Bone whose photo was posted online long before the audition. While it would be wrong to jump to any false conclusions, it’s likely that Poe supplied this photo to “AGT” producers at their request for something to show off his history. (These sort of questions are standard operating procedure for production, who wants as much of a backstory as possible for their pre-audition introduction packages.)
If the photo is indeed of Bone rather than Poe, then “AGT” is likely going to end up looking rather bad on this for not doing proper research on one of the contestants appearing on the show. It’s the same sort of issue that Jermaine Jones had on “American Idol” this past year — though while Poe is a military veteran and does not have warrants against him (as was the case with Jones), he has advertised himself in a way that is used frequently to garner sympathy votes.
Even though Howard Stern ripped Poe on his radio show earlier this week, he posted on his Twitter account Wednesday that he was going to wait for the rest of the facts before coming up with a real response to the situation. You have to believe that the “AGT” legal team is pouring over this situation, and will take appropriate legal action if need be (including booting him from the competition).
Now that this new controversy has started up, what do you think should happen with Poe in regards to his “AGT” future?