I said in an earlier post that I’m not a fan of reality shows. I. Do. Not. Like. Reality. Shows. Usually. But I found one I enjoy. At least I think it’s a reality show. Is there some way to tell? Are there parameters or a definition somewhere?
Wikipedia had this to say:
Reality television is a genre of television programming that presents purportedly unscripted dramatic or humorous situations, documents actual events, and usually features ordinary people instead of professional actors, sometimes in a contest or other situation where a prize is awarded.
There remains some disagreement over whether talent-search shows such as the Idol series, America’s Got Talent, Dancing with the Stars, and Celebrity Duets are truly reality television, or just newer incarnations of shows such as Star Search. Although the shows involve a traditional talent search, the shows follow the reality-competition conventions of removing one or more contestants per episode and allowing the public to vote on who is removed.
So my new guilty pleasure is not necessarily reality TV – cool! I can’t recall how I discovered America’s Got Talent and I didn’t drop everything and immediately begin following it. In fact although the show is in its 7th season, I can count on one hand the number of complete episodes I’ve watched. Usually I would catch one act or an audition, often via an email from a friend. For instance, I was impressed by the audition of Terry Fator (with his sidekick Emma Taylor). Tell me this isn’t cool!
Over time I’ve seen other snippets of shows on Facebook (Godvine is a reliable source for moving auditions), looked up specific acts on Youtube and last year Hubs even saw a performance he liked so well he tracked the dancers down online to see them again. I don’t know why this year I decided to check out Season 7 from the beginning but I just finished watching the first two 2-hour audition shows. Let me just say – WOW! These were only auditions! Holy cow! Here are some of my favorites:
Tim Hockenberry – the performance begins around the 1:15 mark. He blew away the audience and judges!
David Garibaldi & his CMYKs – performance art that popped.
William Close -This guy designed and built something he calls an Earth Harp. It turned the whole auditorium into an instrument.
That’s only three! There were so many others who were amazing! Of course since these were the auditions there were some real bombs too. It hurt to watch some of them, but it made me realize how brave you have to be to put yourself out there. I could never stand up on a stage in front of people — NEVER! So kudos to everyone willing to stand – first in the huge line and then to stand up onstage and sing or dance or whatever it is you do. You all rock!