Season 13 of America’s Got Talent is taping around the country now and last night, Tim and I went to the one in Pasadena. Most important thing I learned? Don’t go if it’s pouring out cause you’ll spend most of the night standing outside in the rain, miserable and drenched.
I used to watch the show all the time back in college, so I realized there were many changes to it. First of all, when did Tyra Banks start hosting? On a related note, Tyra is my queen. She actually came out to push the Golden Buzzer for the very first act that came on stage, so it was a great start to the night.
We were seated pretty close to the judge’s table actually, which meant we got a front and center view of the stage. I can’t go into too much detail about what exactly the acts consisted of, but it was clear there are many talented people around the world…and many who are not. The judges’ buzzes are a LOT louder in person than on television, and I literally jumped out of my seat each time they were pressed.
The in-house entertainer was terrible. He only told jokes about relationships, was creepy and said “come to daddy” a lot, and danced like a dorky dad trying to embarrass his kids. He was giving out tickets to his stand-up show in April and yeah, I wouldn’t go to that even if it were free.
I wasn’t a huge fan of how many times the male judges interrupted Heidi and Mel B. And how many times they said the phrase, “What she meant was…” like they were professional translators of Woman. But the thing that got to me the most was when Mel B was giving some constructive criticism and Simon drowned her out by meowing into the microphone. Then when it was his turn to speak, he basically said the same thing she did and took credit for the idea. And when Mel B spoke out about it and told Simon that’s exactly what she just said, he stated, “But I said it classier,” which got major laughs from the audience. And how everyone started booing Mel B but cheering for Simon. Jesus, the microaggressions women deal with on a daily basis… But you know, other than that, the experience was great, right?
Final thoughts and observations:
- Every crewmember looked like Ron Swanson
- The first few rows are on camera quite a bit so they do rearrange you according to level of attractiveness (of course they would never say that outright)
- Some acts got my heart rate up to 105 (yes, I checked)
- They should make two women’s restrooms for every one male restroom
- Maybe don’t say “come to daddy” to young women when you’re a 45 year old man
- Simon gained a lot of weight
- Celebrity culture is stupid
- It’ll take a good 20 minutes to get out of the parking garage after the show, so prep accordingly (aka use the restroom before you leave the auditorium)
Would I go back? Only if it’s not on the one day a year it’s raining in Southern California.