One of the things I like about America's Got Talent is that I've always figured I'd make a good judge for the show. I think I'm reasonably adept at spotting talent; the acts that I key in on early usually make it fairly far in the competition, and I still claim that I was never fooled by the Milli Vanilli scam of the late 80's (although I may or may not have a "Girl You Know It's True" CD on my shelf somewhere). I just think that I would be a little harder on some of the acts than the current judges are, definitely a little more Simon than Paula. That's OK though, because I'm alright with my choices being unpopular and people booing me. It actually happens more than you'd think in the living room at home.
The act the kids were most excited to see though, was Fighting Gravity. They were the group of blacklight dancers who blew away most of America, except apparently for those who actually vote as they finished third in the competition. Their show was amazing to watch, except for the people who didn't understand the three times repeated announcement to not take pictures. Seriously folks, flash photography and blacklight dancing don't mix. Is it that hard to understand? Even occasionally being able to see the people who were supposed to be hidden by darkness wasn't enough to spoil their performance though, and my kids loved every minute of it.
The last half hour of the show was given over to season five winner, Michael Grimm. There are lots of words you can use to describe his performance; average, plain, mediocre, but the words that most of the audience seemed to clue in on were "Time to leave". I know Los Angeles audiences are famous for leaving early, but Mr. Grimm didn't even get through his first song before the exodus began. We stayed for three songs before bailing out, but by that time the audience was down to almost half it's original size. I truly hope that Michael Grimm goes on to have a decent career, I just think it's apparent that as far as America's Got Talent is concerned, the wrong person won.
With that many people leaving early, there wasn't really any quick way to get out of the area, so we grabbed a Starbucks and hung around outside the Nokia Theater. I probably drank my mocha right where the Foo Fighters took the stage last night, and my kids sat and played their iPods on the spot that David Guetta performed. I love seeing places that I've been on TV as it reminds me of great adventures that we've had. It also reminds me that it's a good thing we don't let the public vote for the Grammys or we might have been watching someone win the Michael Grimm lifetime achievement award last night.