My 8-year-old has been obsessed with America’s Got Talent. We were happy that the Asian card trick guy, Shin Lim, won. He was both of our top choices. Go watch that link, I still get chills. I also especially like how he always looks a liiiiiiittle bit constipated during his act. Keeps Jimmy in business.
She is also now determined to be on AGT some day. She’s currently torn between trying to actually HAVE a super award winning talent, or developing a weird talent that will get her on an early show and then eliminated. I pointed out that the former route would involved a lot of practicing and experience performing in front of people. Some of these people might include her class or her school. Well that didn’t sound too good, so she’s currently thinking a lot about how many animal sounds she might be able to realistically master in the next couple of years. She figures that’s good for an early round.
Now when I was little? I wanted to be on Star Search. And, I’m embarrassed to admit it, I really wanted to be one of the Spokesmodels that Ed McMahon ogled. They had to have “beauty, poise, and the ability to speak effectively.” Each model had a pre-taped package of them modeling three outfits in fuzzily lit settings, and then the camera cut to them in real life, walking across the stage to Ed and throwing to commercial. I’ve gone back to check, and the modeling seemed to involve a lot of touching of one’s hair, enormous earrings, enormous-er hair, hose matched to shoe color, and wind machines. They were also incredibly trashy in a daytime soap opera kind of a way, and I’m not sure how I was allowed to watch these given that I couldn’t watch Three’s Company.
I know that some people have gone on to actual careers after Star Search–Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Dave Chapelle. There’s a whole list on Wikipedia. I never heard of any of the season winners of the Spokesmodel competition. But there, buried at the bottom, Sharon Stone actually competed as a Spokesmodel on one episode! So I don’t know, my daughter might have the right idea–better to just be a flash in the pan on one of these shows that actually win the whole thing.
I still have a little bit of a crush on constipated Shin Lim, though.