Okay, hold on a minute.
Am I high or did dogs just win America’s Got Talent?
Listen, I’m not saying that the person who trained the dogs isn’t talented… Or even the dogs. The show they put on is quite entertaining. I love dogs, in fact just today I put earmuffs on my Great Dane/Heeler mix and took a photo of him. It was great fun. the other dogs were embarrassed for him, but he seemed fine with it.
But I have to wonder if the dog act was really better than all the others? Entertainment Weekly is wondering something similar in a surprisingly funny post on EW.com with the subheadline “America’s Got Talent winner declared: concept of ‘talent’ still being redefined”:
Yes, America deemed the act of two dog trainers and their cuddly, trick-performing canines–their act consists of the pooches bounding through hoops, jumping rope on their hind legs, and riding in toy SUVs–as the worthiest finalists. I suppose the result shouldn’t be a shock since we live in the age of cute-pet YouTube videos, but it’s hard to imagine anyone paying top dollar to see them perform in Vegas, the career-launching prize of all America’s Got Talent winners.
I can’t help but wonder about some of the others who have passed through what EW called “the spiritual heir to The Gong Show, a poignant homage to vaudeville, and a grotesque Felliniesque carnival”…
Like Alonzo “Turf” Jones, the contortionist dancer with the sad story? You gotta see his reverse moonwalk and his crazy-as-hell slide that happens around 2:45 in the video.
How about this kid? Our favorite “Don’t judge a Goth Book By It’s Cover” Andrew DeLeon?
Granted, I didn’t see all of America’s Got Talent, but this whole canine winner thing has me perplexed.
How about you? Did the dogs steal your heart?