America’s ‘Talent’ didn’t glow

Posted June 25, 2009, at 7:36 p.m.

I was prepared to write a glowing review of “America’s Got Talent,” but I must say I’m rather disappointed.

After watching night two of auditions, the Man on the Couch and I have yet to be wowed. Sure, I got a little teary at Voices of Glory’s “God Bless America” rendition that ended Tuesday night’s round. And I was thrilled that Arcadian Broad finally got a chance to show his stuff without being picked on, but without the heartfelt stories behind these acts, the talent didn’t knock it out of the park for me.

Where’s the Paul Salos, Donald Braswell, Nuttin’ But Strings or Neal E. Boyd from last season? Where’s my season four Queen Emily or Eli Mattson?

We’re hoping that next week brings us more of the uplifting stories and outstanding performances that we’re expecting, but so far — no dice.

I will say, however, that my fears of Nick Cannon flopping as former host Jerry Springer’s replacement have subsided, and we love some of his witty commentary.

On a more serious note, it’s time for reality TV to stop dragging America’s youth through the reality TV experience. The Man on the Couch got it right the other night as we were talking about TLC couple Jon & Kate and their divorce. The only people getting hurt are their children as the couple decides to continue with the show despite their family troubles.

We saw it again on “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” when the ladies got into a fiery Italian rumble at dinner in front of their children. And I’m afraid another round is coming with the latest “NYC Prep” on Bravo that follows privileged teens (think younger “Housewives”) in Manhattan.

These youngsters appear to have everything on the surface, but even from the preview you can tell there’s a lot going on that’s much deeper than image. Hopefully some who watch will learn a lesson that money really can’t buy everything — especially not love and happiness — but I’m afraid this cast of characters might end up with more problems because of the exposure from the reality TV circuit.

Tune in at 9 p.m. Tuesdays on Bravo to see if I’m right.

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