“America’s Got Talent” is now two episodes into the Simon Cowell era, and of course it is fair to question how well it is working. For the most part, we’d say that Cowell is doing fine as a judge on this show for the first time. He’s not doing anything to leave our jaw on the ground, but he is showing off precisely why he has been so successful in this format. He’s having fun at times, and being critical when he needs to be critical.
Based on what show host Nick Cannon told Entertainment Weekly, he is certainly happy to have him around:
“It’s made the show better. He’s the Michael Jordan of this … There’s no better TV judge than Simon Cowell and it’s awesome for him to be a part of something he created.”
If we have one note on the Cowell era right now, it is effectively the same note that we had for the show through much of the Howard Stern era: There needs to be more conflict on the panel! What’s great about “Britain’s Got Talent” is that you have this amazing foil for Simon in David Walliams who is effectively the yin to Simon’s yang. Years ago, we’d argue that this show had this courtesy of the Piers Morgan – Howie Mandel rivalry; regardless of how you felt about Piers aside from this show, there was something wonderful about how much Piers at least pretended to hate the comedian.
We still have many more episodes to go for “AGT” before the auditions are over, so we’ll see how this panel continues to develop.
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