“America’s Got Talent” celebrity judge Sharon Osbourne appeared on “The Late Show with David Letterman” on Monday night and confirmed that she will not return for the show’s eighth season.
“It’s just time,” Osbourne told Letterman about her departure. “You know when your gut tells you, ‘Time to move on, do other things.’”
When asked about the reported feud between her and NBC, Osbourne used a red herring by commenting on how terrible the Titanic disaster was.
NBC has remained mum about Osbourne’s departure and possible replacements, but I’ve got at least five candidates who would be a perfect fit for the judging panel.
Heading into the “America’s Got Talent” semifinals, 24 acts are still in the hunt for the show’s $1 million grand prize, but only 15 will remain after tomorrow’s results show.
Tonight’s lineup is an eclectic group that features singers, dancers, a comic and several novelty acts. Oh my!
Dog ventriloquist Todd Oliver and crowd favorite Andrew De Leon—both of whom advanced out of last week’s second-chance Wild Card round—are scheduled to perform on tonight’s episode.
Although Oliver and De Leon are performing on consecutive episodes, the rest of tonight’s acts have had at least a week off to work on their semifinal performance.
Some performers, such as sand-and-light artist Joe Castillo and comedian Tom Cotter, have had more than a month to prepare for tonight’s show.
At this point of the competition, it’s difficult to say who viewers will vote for, but one thing is for sure: the field is packed with talent.
On the surface, I’d say there are at least six acts in tonight’s lineup that, based on their last performances, deserve to remain in the competition, but only three will move on.
I’ll start by identifying the performances I think don’t belong in the next round.
Contortionist dancer Turf, the dancing Scott Brothers and mind reader Eric Dittelman have produced some of the season’s most memorable moments, but I think their acts are either shackled by limitations or too shallow to warrant a headline billing.
Teen singers Bria Kelly and Edon are obviously talented, but I think America’s tiring of the singing competitions that currently saturate the TV landscape. I know I am.
The husband-wife acrobat team of Donovan and Rebecca were impressive in the quarterfinals, but ultimately I don’t see a novelty act like theirs having widespread appeal.
This leaves six acts on my prediction radar: Oliver, De Leon, Castillo, Cotter, dance group Academy of Villains and Earth harp musician William Close.
Tonight’s performances should shed further light on which of the acts is most deserving of a spot in the finals.
Check back here tomorrow.
Tonight’s “America’s Got Talent” semifinal round will air in two parts on KSL 5 in Provo. The first hour begins at 7 p.m. and the second hour starts at 9 p.m. The Republican National Convention will broadcast live from Tampa for an hour beginning at 8 p.m.