Dear #ClassicalMusic Fan,
Angelica Hale did great.
Honestly – it’s no small feat (pun intended) to get to the finals of America’s Got Talent.
Well-deserved, and she certainly has talent.
But her performances and interviews seemed totally doctored, groomed and perhaps even robotic. It’s difficult to see past the act and find the genuine soul and expression of emotion. Even my wife, upon seeing her for the first time, said “Wait… are those tipped nails? She’s 9!”
And then the sob story came out for the sympathy votes.
That’s great, wonderful, and that little girl has been through some difficult surgery and achieved a stardom rare for 9-year-olds indeed. Her fame and signature hugs will surely put a smile on hundreds of children who are suffering.
What were you doing at 9?
Creating a Brand for yourself?
I certainly wasn’t being told the right things to say, and ‘make sure you hug all the other contestants immediately after the announcement’ and the other behavior tricks tots in tiaras are trained to do. It’s almost like there is still a faction of society that idolizes “cute” little kids (it all began with Shirley Temple, didn’t it?), even though most of us don’t really like how they turn out a few years later (thinking of Shirley Temple, Lindsay Lohan, Macaulay Culkin, Corey Haim, even Liza Minnelli).
I sometimes wonder if there is any difference between those little gems, and Sarah’s Hero.
Are these really the values we want to promote?
Is that really how shallow Entertainment has to be, just to make a buck? (Remember: Hollywood, like the mainstream media, is in the game to make money. Don’t fool yourself it’s about anything else!)
Darci Lynne (and Mandy, and Diavolo, come to that), shared their raw, refined talent.
What you see is what they’ve got.
And THAT I like.
I’m glad one of those three won, and look forward to seeing how Darci Lynne grows, and what she does in about 20 years after she gets tired of ventriloquism. She’s clearly talented in so many ways, including learning and challenging herself.
Well done indeed to all the finalists, including Angelica.
Yes, they are all ‘winners.’
And bravo, #AGT. It was a particularly good season.
If you want to figure out what makes music good, and what doesn’t, listen to some of my Classical Rate N Slate two-minute podcasts. You’ll surely learn to appreciate refined raw talent much more than the robotic presentation of an act.