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America’s Got Talent recycles talent: roller skating break dancers, anyone?



“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.

Here’s more:

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.

10 comments Add your comment


July 23rd, 2009
5:59 am

Breaksk8 all the way!! my brother used to skate with them in kokomo, indiana

Christopher Cook

July 23rd, 2009
6:47 am

I wouldn’t watch this if it were out on the back yard.


July 23rd, 2009
10:19 am

I would not watch them in my backyard either. You cannot roller skate on grass so it would be boring.


July 27th, 2009
9:38 am

Tuned in WGST this morning and imagine my surprise to discover that they have brought back Planet Radio! Surely there must be a word stronger than “stupid” to describe the decision-makers at this station.


July 30th, 2009
4:14 pm

I believe they just might win! I was soo excited that they made it to the next round! Their cloths are Rockin…


August 1st, 2009
9:05 pm

they should be out of the AGT competition. that show is for people who didnt receive a chance, not for those who travel the country..what bs


August 5th, 2009
8:48 pm

One of the skaters is Shannon Anthony from Kokomo, IN. He used to play on my sons’ baseball team as a little kid, and to the best of my knowledge he is still employed by Delphi Corporation in Kokomo, IN as a factory worker so it isn’t like this group is making a living from break skating. The group may do some travel but it is part time stuff. I think they deserve a chance.


August 5th, 2009
10:29 pm

Yea greentown and like Delphi is steady employment here in Kokomo huh?


August 6th, 2009
12:20 am

He isn’t likely to lose his job as a skilled tradesman with Delphi anytime soon since almost all of the older skilled tradesman left a couple of years ago putting someone like him at the top of the seniority list, Also, Delphi isn’t likely to go under now that it has shed its legacy costs and reduced it’s headcount drastically. (It is coming out of bankruptcy next month.)

I’m sorry we got side-traced about Delphi. My point was that Shannon’s “profession” is primarily that of a factory worker; not a break skater. I don’t know what the other break skaters do, but I don’t think any of them are making their primary living break skating either. Therefore, the group deserves a chance on the TV show. It isn’t like they are truly professional performers at this time with an unfair advantage.

Uncle Jamm49

February 22nd, 2010
9:50 am

I am so Proud of them,and I got one of the members Yesterday at my Audition for AGT. I am Roller skating “Solo” and 50 years old! I am also in the U.S ARMY RESERVES,and I have created my own Roller Skating entertainment for the Soldier’s and their Family’s in the Military.I am so Proud of these young men for there “Style” and Professional Roller skating to show that AMERICA that Roller skating is BACK! BREAKSK8,UNCLE JAMM AND THE AUGUSTA GEORGIA JAMSKATERS SALUTE YOU!!! SK8 2U LATER.