September 12, 2013 12:30 PM by Stephanie Gustafson
Last night, fans of Catapult Entertainment were saddened to see their favorite act axed from America’s Got Talent shortly before the final round. How did judges Howie Mandel, Howard Stern, Mel B and Heidi Klum respond to the shocking elimination?
For once, we can’t blame an undeserved America’s Got Talent elimination on the judges. For the semi-finals, the results were completely dependent on America’s vote. And this week, America decided that Catapult Entertainment was unworthy of the final round. Instead, the six acts to advance included Kenichi Ebina, Forte, Collins Key, Jimmy Rose, Cami Bradley and Taylor Williamson. While all of these finalists are brilliant in their own way, many fans have complained that the finals lineup is way too heavy on the musical acts. Singers are great, but part of the appeal of America’s Got Talent lies in its ability to break up the monotony of continued singers with the brilliance of, say, a group of shadow dancers.
No matter what, last night’s elimination would have proven disappointing. After all, the other act in danger of elimination was Collins Key, a magician that has proven his ability to delight again and again. That being said, the judges were definitely bummed about the voting results. Howard Stern had repeatedly voiced his love for Catapult’s original and thought-provoking work, once explaining, “You are an important act. There is no way I can say no to you.” And the other judges clearly agreed, offering only a lukewarm response to Collins Key, a far cry from their standing ovation for the performers of Catapult Entertainment.
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