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The Worst 'America's Got Talent' Finalists, Plus 5 Acts That Should've Made It

by Piet Levy, posted Jul 11th 2010 5:00PM
Mary Ellen, America's Got TalentThere's one general guideline for being a finalist on 'America's Got Talent': you've got to have some talent. Or so you'd think.

There is definitely a lot of talent amongst the 48 acts lucky enough to make it to the live shows in Hollywood (Vegas-headlining, million-dollar worthy talent, however, remains to be seen). But there are a handful of finalists that are so dreadful, dull or simplistic, they wouldn't win a community talent show competition, much less should they earn precious air time on a major television show.

And yet, there they are, like a bunch of undeserving Sanjayas, soiling the name 'America's Got Talent,' while criminally taking up slots some prematurely axed acts so richly deserve.

Here are the five 'AGT' acts least deserving of making it to the finals:
1. Mary Ellen. It's only appropriate that Mary Ellen played Patsy Cline's 'Crazy' in her audition. The whacked singer/keyboardist may be the worst act to audition on 'America's Got Talent' this year, and that includes that one guy who failed to sneeze on command. So why the hell is she going to Hollywood? My only theory is so that the the show producers can get a kick reading all the outraged online comments and blogs like this one.

2. The Belly Dancing Duo. The physically endowed pair that judge Howie Mandel loved so much for their "T&T" (in his words, "the talent and the timing") are good at what they do, but their talent isn't special enough to justify a spot in the finals. What's more, the duo definitely didn't deserve to be one of only 10 acts that automatically got through to the finals based on one audition. Really Howie, is their "talent and timing" all that special?

3. Maricar. Another act that seemed to get by because of her um, "natural" talent, Maricar dresses up in a Catwoman suit and does a slinky painting routine that's not so artistic. Take away the boobs and tight leather suit and this "act" would never make it to television, much less the finals on 'AGT.'

4. Sally Cohn. Oh Sally, you're so cute, and you seem so nice, and you sure do play a mean hand whistle. But your talent gets dull at the 90-second mark. You're special, just not Hollywood special.

5. Ronith. Put this terrible impersonator with the exaggerated facial expressions and horrible vocal delivery in the "so bad its good" territory. But compared to the other acts, it's just bad.

And here are five acts that shouldn't have been sent packing:

1. Carlos Apponte. I actually got to hear Apponte sing live at the Chicago auditions and he blew the rest of the talent away with his exceptional, operatic voice. Even on TV, he still bested fellow opera singers Prince Poppycock and Hannibal, despite tackling a song in English, a language the Puerto Rico native struggles to speak. So he's not as bizarre as the other two. Big deal. I thought this was a talent competition.

2. Simeon Mulder. The Dutch Mozart devotee is an exceptional pianist, and his talent is all the more impressive given that he's only 12 years old. What a shame that a sophisticated act like this one can't find a place on 'America's Got Talent.'

3. Nick Pike. On a season filled with death-defying danger acts, Pike's approach is one of the most breathtaking. Guy walks over kerosene-soaked broken glass, juggling knives and a flaming torch, while blindfolded, and he still doesn't get through?! Unacceptable!

4. Northwest Dance and Acro.
It's sad enough that the judges made these adorable little girls cry crocodile tears. It's downright criminal that they wouldn't pass them to Hollywood, considering how dazzling the audition was.

5. New Directions Choir.
This group of formerly homeless gospel singers had a TV-perfect back story, but the group's singing was exceptionally strong, too strong to get snuffed out this soon.

What do you think? Which acts should have made it to Hollywood, and which ones don't deserve to be in the finals?

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There was a 10-year-old girl with an amazing voice (who had her older siblings dancing behind her), and for some totally unknown reason, Sharon and Piers both determined that she "wasn't good enough" and she never made it past her initial audition. But they sent that horrendous Mary Ellen to Hollywood to compete for votes? Do Howie and Sharon realize that she is NOT a comedy act, but a very weird, deluded woman who actually thinks she's a good singer and pianist? Her quarterfinal performance was a total trainwreck, yet, only Piers buzzed her, and he buzzes just about everyone. Many outstanding acts were cheated out of a spot in the quarters, but she was put through. Thank goodness America had the sense to step in and not vote her through. I also fail to understand why a group of mid-level acts were automatically sent through to Hollywood, while a top tier, dubbed the Judges' Favorites, had to put in one last audition.

August 16 2010 at 3:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Since we no longer have a chance to vote for that "I'll be bock" impersonator, I believe we should concentrate our efforts on getting Mary Ellen, the yodel-old-lady-who has no talent, whatsoever, into the winners circle. I am hereby starting a campaign, to tell everyone to vote for her and tell everyone they know to vote for her. The judges put her in this position, advancing her over hundreds of people with far more talent. Now it's our turn to show America exactly what we think of their ability to judge talent. Can you imagine The repercussions it would have, if she won a headlining act in Las Vegas? Next years winner would be performing at Joe"s steakhouse on RT 77 in Davenport. Come on America, Vote for Mary Ellen! WE CAN DO IT!

July 24 2010 at 5:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Freida Flores

I lovED this show up until this year. I can't believe some of the "UNTALENTED" stupid acts they put through instead of putting someone like Carlos Aponte. I think the judges should take another look at people like Ronith and the hand whistler and beg Carlos to come back!!!!!!

July 22 2010 at 1:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Paul Safy JR!!

July 18 2010 at 9:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I hope those who are behind the scenes, the producer, director and others read these comments and take them seriously.

July 17 2010 at 12:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This show has absolutely no integrity. It is the Gong show of years past. The only difference is that it hides behind a screen of legitimacy. It is all rigged and manipulated. Anyone who believes that the process at which they find their final winner is honest is delussional.

July 16 2010 at 8:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I loved the boy who did the indoor kite flying. May have not been enough to do a full show in Vegas, but paired with other fliers and choreographed to varying music, that would have been a breathtaking show.

July 16 2010 at 1:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
R. Natoli

Do they want variety or TALENT? Do they want outrageous or TALENT? Do they want "that's nice" or TALENT? Finally the people will decide and hopefully AGT will be redeemed by a winner that is deserving...crossing my fingers that AGT will continue to be one of my favorite shows. Faithful.

July 14 2010 at 4:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What a joke this show has become. I was looking forward to Howie as a new judge, but he is worse than "the Hoff." How can they justify putting through Mary Ellen, Ronith, Sally Cohn, Maricar, and belly dancers
while dismissing Simeon Mulder and Carlos Aponte. The top 48 acts should not be about categories, but about talent. You don't put through a hand whistler,
(no talent required there) because they are in a category of their own. That is stupid. Mary Ellen took ten minutes to show her stuff, and should have been disqualified.Plus, she was horrible.

July 14 2010 at 4:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

How about changing the name of the show to "America's Got Talent - But Not This Season," You have got to be kidding me with all the garbage acts that are being allowed to continue while several potentially fantastic acts are booted off. Is it just me or is this the worst season yet for "talent?" When are the judges going to wake up and put their foot down whenever a grade school child tries to compete? All they do is take a spot away from a more deserving adult and that's not fare. Frankly, I'd rather watch "So You Think You Can Dance" because that's where the real talent is. Morgan, Osborne and Mandel have royally blown it this season. Thank God it's almost over!

July 14 2010 at 2:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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