I enjoy some of the singing/dancing competition shows, but it’s no secret to those that know me that I prefer the non-US versions of most of them. X-Factor Britain, Australia’s Got Talent and, amazingly enough, Ukraine’s Got Talent … To me – when the idiotic 90 second time constraint is removed – the depth of talent can shine forth. Also, most of the time the judges are secondary to the talent. In other words, it’s not the judges show – it’s truly a T A L E N T show. Of course, there’s always the acts that aren’t going to do well – but that’s to be expected. It’s the unexpected treasures along the way that make the viewing so worth while.
Let me preface this clip with ~ First, I “lurve” me some Etta James. I’ve heard so many lousy covers of her work … THIS clip was a revelation!!!! Secondly, NEVER judge a book by it’s cover … when I first saw him, all I could think of was “OMG, Pee Wee Herman.” Not by a long shot – I agree with Louie… A Star has been born!!! (BTW, notice the complete lack of buzzers!!!)
I also like the idea that these contestants stand on their own – their looks are not part of the package…the talent is what makes the deal. This clip also resonated with me because I’m such a firm believer in the importance of arts in the schools. As someone said to me today – “When we lose the Arts (in Public Education) we lose our humanity. We lose our ability to build bridges.” Listen carefully to the story on this clip…when I realized just what he’d managed to accomplish with his music .,.. I’ll admit it, I cried.
And one last clip ~ Auditioning for a show is stressful enough, but imagine doing it completely on your own. This fellow is a London chimney sweep who wants to sing…and actually is darn good at it!!! (Evidently, he’s a good sweep as well!!!)
I’ve got a few more clips to share, but I’ll do that tomorrow …. enjoy!!!