Tomorrow night, the new season of “America’s Got Talent” is going to be premiering on NBC, and for us, the timing really couldn’t be any better given where we are right now covering reality TV. “Britain’s Got Talent” just ended, so where else could we end up getting our fill of fun than here?
Given that we’ve seen just about every season of this show and every episode of every season, we’ve got a pretty good indication of what works and what doesn’t. Therefore, we’ve got a nice list of suggestions right now when it comes to some of the things that the producers could do in order to make this season one of the best ones that we’ve had to date.
1. Fewer sob stories – Seriously, we’ve heard the “this is what the show is about” and “you deserve this” stories a million times. We’ve also seen all of the archetypes, whether it be the parent who gave up on the dream for the sake of the family or the wide-eyed teenager with a big personality and a big voice. Focus more on the talent, and don’t give us the typical sappy packages with Coldplay’s “Fix You” in the background. Nobody needs fixing!
2. A real emphasis on variety – Don’t over-hype singers, and also don’t spend too much time on dance crews, either. We want to see great danger acts, innovative jugglers, strong magicians, and a couple of acrobats. We want to see the people shine who don’t have any other venue.
3. Golden buzzer reform – The effectiveness of this twist is when you have a judge press it out of the blue, rather than sitting there and watching them debate using it. There has yet to be a single time we can remember in the edit where a judge debates using the buzzer and ultimately decides not to go through with it. You gotta change things up!