Reality TV – Singers and Dancers and Magicians, Oh My!

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Like many reality TV shows America’s Got Talent is a huge hit with families.

The show is safe family viewing and a great opportunity for bonding and sharing. (The ads, please note NBC if you care, are not – thank goodness for DVR/Tivo.)

Here I interview Oliver, aged 10½, on his AGT experience, what life lessons he learned and how he feels our family benefited from watching reality TV. (Sebastian occasionally deigns to interject with droll, sometimes astute, observations.)

What was your favorite part of the AGT TV show?

O: How ridiculous it can be. The diversity. You can have regular acts like magicians and then acts like Prince Poppycock that are over the top; cute like Future Funk and the ridonkulous like the girl who was going around in a huge hamster ball.

Which of your favorite acts didn’t get to the last stages?

O: Lindsay Stirling, the hip-hop violinist. I liked her quirkiness.

Which acts got far further in the competition than you felt they deserved?

O: Future Funk
S: Mary Ellen, the crazy, screaming red-headed lady, and Ronith the terrible impersonator.

Which four acts would you be most likely to spend your allowance on in order to see in a show?

O: RNG, Studio 1, Prince Poppycock, Lindsay Stirling
S: Lindsay Stirling, Michael Grasso, Studio 1, Prince Poppycock

Was the live show what you expected?

O: I expected to have a good time and I did.

What would you tell your friends about AGT?

O: That it was really exciting.

Who do you think should have won AGT?

O: Prince Poppycock

What would you do if you went on AGT?

O: I’d be really nervous but I’d sing or speed read.

What have you learned from watching reality TV shows like AGT?

O: Life gives you twists and turns and not all of them are fair.
S: That the judges don’t care about Carlos Aponte.

What did you enjoy most about watching AGT?

O: I liked the auditions, because I love laughing at all the crazy acts that show up.
S: Vegas week, You might get a few bad acts thrown in by Howie but you get a lot of good people going through and lose most of the bad.

How do you think watching this show has strengthened our family?

O: We have had so many things to talk about over the dinner table, we’ve sat down with each other for several hours every week, we’ve got on better because we like the same people and talk.

What’s your take-away on AGT?

O: Everyone has a chance of success in their life and they can achieve it.
S: Howie Mandel is not human for putting through Mary Ellen and Ronith.

What should title should I give this post?

O: Singers and Dancers and Magicians, Oh My!

Why?

It’s a play on ‘Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!’ by Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz.

Does your family watch reality TV? How do you think it strengthens your family? Or does it? Let me know in the comments!

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Mary E. Ulrich
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October 4, 2010 at 4:12 am

Alison, Oliver and Sebastian this is great, Oh my!
These were my favorites:
1. What have you learned from watching AGT – the TV and live show?

O: Life gives you twists and turns and not all of them are fair.
S: That the judges don’t care about Carlos Aponte.

2. How do you think watching this show has strengthened our family?

O: We have had so many things to talk about over the dinnertable, we’ve sat down with each other for several hours every week, we’ve got on better because we like the same people and talk.

Maybe some day, you’ll be the judges. In the meantime keep enjoying the show together.
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Alison Golden October 4, 2010 at 11:36 am

Oh, Mary, they already are the judges. They know just what they like and don’t. And they definitely don’t listen to the ‘official’ judges. I used to sniff at reality TV and a lot of it is trash but I’ve learned some of it can be used thoughtfully to create connection and help form values.

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