September 18, 2013 01:19 PM by Stephanie Gustafson
Every once in awhile, we find ourselves hopefully awaiting a comedian’s victory on America’s Got Talent. Last year, fan favorite Tom Cotter came frustratingly close, and now, Taylor Williamson finds himself in the same position. Can he break the comedic losing streak? According to Howard Stern, the answer is an unfortunate no.
The America’s Got Talent audience has never been particularly receptive to comedians. Not only do comedy acts struggle to make it to the finals, they always wind up losing out to musicians (or, as was the case last year, adorable puppies). Howie Mandel feels that this reality results from the better connection singers are able to establish with voters, allowing them to convince viewers to pick up the phone.
Nobody would love a comedian to win the show more than Howard Stern, with the possible exception of, uh, current comedian Howie Mandel. But although he tweeted, “I’m thinking Taylor could win the whole thing,” in response to last night’s finale, Howard later amended his prediction during an interview with Extra. According to Howard, winning a reality competition with a comedy routine is much more of a long shot than arriving on stage with a guitar and a voice of gold. “Comedians can’t come out and do cover songs…Comedians have to be original. Our comedians can’t come out and do a George Carlin routine and go, ‘Hey! I’m doing George Carlin!’”
What do you think? Could Taylor Williamson defy expectations and win America’s Got Talent? Do singers have, as Howard and Howie allege, an unfair advantage? Feel free to share your opinion in the comments section below!
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