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America's Got Talent turns Chicken Catcher into a Boyle

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jul 2nd 2009 5:30PM
The Chicken Catcher sang his way into U.S. hearts on America's Got Talent.The overnight popularity of singing sensation Susan Boyle following her appearance on Britain's Got Talent all but guaranteed it'd only be a matter of time before the U.S. version of the show tried to manufacture the same energy.

Here are the necessary ingredients:

  • One national talent show where Joe Six Pack and Suzy Temp can reach for the polished brass ring of stardom.
  • One cynical mob eager to tear down anyone who dares to stand up out of the crowd without meeting nebulous performance standards.
  • One defective rube (either chubby, ugly, stupid or -- worst of all -- rural) who seems oblivious to the mob's hostility.
  • Three judges who are in on the bit while acting incredulous.

Of course, the rube needs to have genuine talent -- as in the case of Boyle and singer Kevin Skinner from Kentucky from this week's auditions on America's Got Talent.

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