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Tuesday, July 31, 2018


Day 90 of the Lower Puna Eruption, now exceeding the length of the 1955 Kapoho Eruption, and activity continues:


America's Got Talent is my favorite network TV series.  Created by Simon Cowell in 2006, the program is now in Year 13.  Most of these contests feature only singing.  AGT features any sort of entertainment, and, apparently, no age limit, for the youngest contestant ever, Sophie Fatu, captured my heart.  You just got to click on her first audition, My Way.  Simon was so captivated that he tried to set her up with his son.  She, of course, made it through round one.

At the Judge's First Cut last week, she was asked what she would do with the $1 million prize if she won, and she said:

Um, I don’t really care that much. I just want to sing for everyone and make them happy.

Alas, I won't be seeing her again, for, incredibly, she got cut.  I can only imagine that the judges thought she really was too young.  While the 18 semi-finalists for the upcoming live show had to be whittled down to only seven, somehow, Hans got through.  How do I file an official protest!  Watch those three clips and, you, too, will agree with me.

I should alert you that AGT continues with the second round of judges' cuts, tonight with guest judge Martina McBride.  Guest last week, Olivia Munn, will never get invited back again, for she pressed the Golden Buzzer for the Angel City Chorale.  

What's the big deal about this?  Well, there are around 160 people in that group, so now, Simon will have to pay the plane fares, hotel and per diem for all of them next week when they perform live at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.  Wait a minute, they are from Los Angeles, and will probably be asked to stay in their homes and eat their own food, so, maybe we'll see Olivia again.

The biggest star of all these years is Jackie Evancho, where in Season 5 she placed only second.  However, she has sold 3 million+ albums.

Similarly, Britain's Got Talent's Susan Boyle also placed second in 2009, but was the most successful, selling over 25 million records by 2013.  Jackie was 10 in 2010, and Susan all of 47 when she competed.  If you've never heard of Susan Boyle, come on, click on her audition.  But all is not perfect.  She has Asperger's Syndrome.


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