“America’s Got Talent,” in its final audition episode Wednesday night, featured a break-dancing group Break Sk8 from Indiana who did their thang on roller skates. Hmmm… this seemed oddly familiar.
I quickly realized I just saw these guys last year, finishing third on MTV’s “America’s Best Dance Crew.” Heck, I even saw Break Sk8 live last fall at the Atlanta Civic Center during the “America’s Best Dance Crew” tour.
AGT has recycled before. In fact, it brought out an “American Idol” contestant Kelli Glover from season one. But in that case, AGT owned up to this fact, probably because she tried out seven years ago and wanted redemption for not making the top 10. In this case, mentioning the “Best Dance Crew” accolade might be problematic because it happened just 16 months ago. But if that’s the case, why should they even be on the show?
What’s even more annoying is the editing, which makes it sound like they are nobodies from the Midwest. That’s far from the case. Breaksk8, based on its Web site, already travels all over the world. Neophytes, they are not.
I suspect the producers figured that the MTV demographic is far younger than that of AGT so only a small percentage of people would notice.
Interestingly, judge Piers Morgan hated the skates, said no to taking them to Vegas. But Sharon Osbourne liked them for the novelty. David Hasselhoff was on the fence, not so sure about the dancing part, but gave in. I can’t imagine they will make the top 20.
What’s ironic is Simon Cowell executive produces this show while his fellow judgemate Randy Jackson oversees “America’s Best Dance Crew.”
Here’s a YouTube video of Break Sk8 from “America’s Best Dance Crew” that has drawn more than 500,000 views. Not surprisingly, they do better on a bigger stage than what AGT provided them.
In general, I enjoy AGT, even if the editing makes “Idol” backstories seem subtle in comparison. But I sense even with 300 million people in the United States, finding a true variety of quality acts to air every year can be a bit of a challenge. So recycling is inevitable. Just tell us! Or disqualify groups like Break Sk8 for previous TV exposure.