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Claim: Video clip shows a Britain’s Got Talent contestant shooting himself after a harsh judging.


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After being torn apart by the judges, a contestant on Britain’s Got Talent went back stage and shot himself.

Origins: In April 2010, a spoof article published by the satirical Daily Squib web site mooted the notion of a contestant on the Britain’s Got Talent television program committing suicide in front of the judges as “a spectacular piece of performance art.” Around the same time, UK newspaper articles were reporting warnings from mental health officials that “a tragedy is inevitable unless show producers stop vulnerable people from performing.” A short time later, the video clip displayed above began to circulate on the Internet, purportedly showing a contestant from that television show running backstage and shooting himself after being caustically criticized by judge Simon Cowell as “completely and utterly useless.”

No contestant on Britain’s Got Talent has killed himself after a harsh judging, however. The video clip is an obvious fake, stitched together from Cowell’s criticism of one contestant and a shot of the judges’ shocked reaction to a completely different contestant, with an overdubbed gunshot sound added for effect. (Notice how the judges and their clothing change between the initial introduction and the reaction shot.)

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Partner ‘stabbed Britain’s Got Talent nurse 70 times’

Image copyright NHS Press Office/PA Image caption Simonne Kerr joined the B Positive Choir following the death of her son Kavele

A nurse who performed on Britain’s Got Talent was killed by her partner who stabbed her more than 70 times and slashed her throat, a court has heard.

Simonne Kerr, 31, was last seen heading to Desmond Sylva’s flat in Clapham, south London, on 15 August last year.

The Old Bailey heard Mr Sylva called his brother at lunchtime that day to say he had killed his girlfriend before he alerted the emergency services.

The 41-year-old denies murder but has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Prosecutor Oliver Glasgow QC told the jury Ms Kerr “did not stand a chance” during the “utterly terrifying attack”.

“Desmond Sylva had used a kitchen knife… and despite her efforts to fight him off, she was clearly powerless to do so,” he said.

Image copyright PA Image caption Ms Kerr was pronounced dead at the scene on 15 August last year

In a 999 call played in court, Mr Sylva said: “Can I have police please? I’ve just committed a murder.

“I’m ex-Army and I’ve got lots of mental health issues.”

Asked why he had done it, he said: “She’s just on my nerves, man, trying to fight me and take my money so I had to defend myself.”

Mr Glasgow said Mr Sylva’s depression “neither explains nor justifies his actions” and suggested he had simply “lost his temper”.

The body of the Guy’s and St Thomas’s nurse was found lying beside a bed, wrapped in a blood-soaked duvet.

“The last few minutes of life must have been utterly terrifying: repeatedly stabbed by the man who was supposed to care for her but who in the end simply butchered her and then tried to blame her for what he had done,” Mr Glasgow said.

“He chose to pick up a knife and he chose to use it again and again to stab Simonne Kerr at a time when he was not acting in lawful self-defence.”

Image copyright PA Image caption Ms Kerr was killed in an “utterly terrifying attack”, the court heard

Jurors heard Mr Sylva had served in the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers between 2002 and 2012 before he was discharged on medical grounds.

Since then he has been given treatment on a number of occasions and diagnosed with bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.

The court heard Mr Sylva had been briefly admitted to hospital after telling his mother he was feeling suicidal on 9 August last year, while the day before Ms Kerr’s death he allegedly told his brother he was going to kill himself or someone else.

Ms Kerr joined the B Positive Choir after the death of her six-year-old son Kavele from complications of sickle cell disease.

She performed with the choir in last year’s final of the ITV talent show, which was won by Lost Voice Guy.

The trial continues.

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After failing to make it through to the next round, she told the judges to “shove a bit of metal right up their a**”.

Britain’s Got Talent

Jack Saunders was part of dance group Green Force Five, who got through to the semi-finals earlier this year.

But the 25-year-old from Uxbridge, west London, took his own life in the early hours of March 17, leaving his family and show bosses devastated.

Jack’s bereft mum Sandra, 53, said her son hadn’t shown any signs that he was struggling.

“He didn’t leave a note. He did not have depression,” she said.

Jack Saunders after performing with Unity UK on Got to Dance in 2012

“He went to the GP before Christmas because he was feeling tired and they never spotted any problems.

“Suicide can happen to anyone at any time. People can’t believe Jack is gone. We are the same.

“It’s just shocked everyone because to other people Jack had it all. Jack achieved more than many people could dream of achieving. He knew we loved him.”

Jack was the youngest paid dancer at the London Olympics opening ceremony having just turned 18. He also appeared on Sky1 show Got to Dance and X Factor with Lauren Platt twice in 2014.

Simonne Kerr

Simonne pictured with her young son (Image: PA)

NHS nurse Simonne Kerr was part of the NHS’s B Positive choir who got through to the BGT final in 2018 but lost out to comedian Lost Voice Guy.

Later that year she was murdered by her on-off boyfriend Desmond Sylva, who stabbed her more than 70 times as she lay in bed at his flat in Clapham.

The court heard how Ms Kerr, 31, was attacked by Sylva after she returned from work at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital on the morning of August 15, 2018.

Sylva, who served with the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers in Iraq and Kosovo, admitted manslaughter but denied murder, claiming his depression impaired his mental function.

Desmond Sylva was jailed for life (Image: PA) Forensics and a police officer are pictured outside the home in south London (Image: PA)

But after being convicted of murder he was jailed at the Old Bailey for life with a minimum of 21 years.

Passing sentence, Judge Wendy Joseph QC told him: “What you have done and the grief it has caused, and will continue to cause far into the future, is immeasurable. Simonne was simply a lovely person much loved by her family.

“Simonne was in your home undressed and in your bed and was about as vulnerable as a person can be.”

NHS choir B Positive left the Britain’s Got Talent judges in tears (Image: ITV)

She said it was clear that Sylva has a “dreadful and ungovernable” temper, adding: “You killed Simonne Kerr because you are a man of violent disposition prone to outbursts of violent temper.”

Simonne had joined the choir after her six-year-old son Kavele died from complications of sickle cell disease in 2015.

Ray Boddington

Ray Boddington was a Manchester icon (Image: Sean Hansford)

Ray Boddington kept the judges entertained with his rendition of Cliff Richard’s The Young Ones in 2007 and made it through to the second round of the Manchester auditions.

But he sadly died on April 18, 2019 after being struck by a tram in Manchester city centre.

The 77-year-old – who fronted Manchester band Piccadilly Rats – was on his way home from a gig at The Millstone pub when he was struck by a Metrolink tram at around 6:50pm the evening before.

His family kept a bedside vigil though the night at Salford Royal Hospital until the heartbreaking decision was made to withdraw life support.

Nathaniel O’Brien

Nathaniel O’Brien was killed in a car crash (Image: Nathaniel O’Brien/Facebook)

Nathaniel O’Brien, 19, who starred on the Australian version of the talent show in 2014, died when his car hit a tree just hours on November 8, 2015.

He was travelling alone after performing at a country music festival and died at the scene, leaving his family and fans devastated.

He found fame on the Australian X Factor (Image: J1MZO7/Youtube)

Paying tribute on the show the following night, X Factor judge Danni Minogue said, “I want to send our love out to Nathaniel O’Brien and his family. Unfortunately, he passed yesterday.”

“A beautiful person, a beautiful singer and such a beautiful soul,” she continued.

Nathaniel made it to boot camp in 2014’s X Factor, and won Adelaide’s Next Superstar in 2012 aged just 16.

Christina Grimmie

Christina Grimmie with her Voice mentor Adam Levine (Image: Getty)

The former Voice contestant Christina Grimmie was shot dead in front of terrified fans while signing autographs after a concert.

The 22-year-old, who took part in the US version of TV talent show, was gunned down by Kevin Loibl, 27, in Orlando, Florida.

Described as a ‘deranged fan’, Loibl shot the singer in the head when she opened her arms to give him a hug. He then turned the gun on himself.

Kevin James Loibl shot her in front of horrified fans (Image: Orlando Police/Twitter) She had toured twice with Selena Gomez (Image: Twitter)

Christina came third in the 2014 series of the talent show and had a huge social media following thanks to her status as a YouTube star.

She was Selena Gomez ‘s tour support act in 2011 and joined her again in 2014 for the singer’s Stars Dance tour.

The Apprentice

Stuart Baggs was one of The Apprentice’s quirkier stars

Stuart was just 21 when he took part in the BBC One show, making him the youngest candidate ever.

He was knocked out at the interviews stage but became a cult favourite thanks to his steady stream of catchphrases and boastful quotes.

“Everything I touch turns to sold” was one of his favourites, along with, “I’m not a one-trick pony, I’m not a 10-trick pony, I have a field full of ponies and they’re all literally running towards this job”.

The message left by Lord Sugar for former Apprentice star Stuart Baggs (Image: PA)

He also cheekily described himself as “Baggs the brand”.

However, on 30 July 2015, Stuart was tragically found dead in his home aged 27, due to an asthma attack.

Past and present stars of the popular show took to social media to express their shock at the entrepreneur’s death.

The Apprentice boss Lord Sugar said: “Terrible news Stuart Baggs has died. My sincere condolences to his family and friends RIP one of the stand-out characters of the Apprentice.”

Sophie Gradon

Sophie Gradon took part in Love Island 2016 (Image: Joel Anderson/ITV/PA Wire)

Sophie took part in the second series of Love Island in 2016 where she made history as one half of the show’s first same-sex couple with Katie Salmon.

Before that, she’d been coupled up with barman Tom Powell, but their relationship was fraught with rows and they split up soon after leaving the villa.

Her bravery in standing up for fellow Islander Zara Holland after she was ‘slut-shamed’ for performing a sex act on camera won her yet more fans.

But she struggled with depression and hanged herself at her parents’ home in Medburn, Ponteland on June 20, 2018 after taking a cocktail of cocaine and alcohol.

Her boyfriend Aaron died just three weeks after Sophie (Image: Facebook)

North Shields Coroners Court heard she had expressed suicidal thoughts in the hours before and text a male friend to say she was “struggling with the world”.

The court heard how Sophie had been diagnosed with depression and low self-esteem in 2013 and was taking medication for social anxiety disorder at the time she died. She was also still reeling from the death of her friend Paul ‘Conrad’ Burns, better known as Mr Newcastle, whose funeral she had attended five days previously.

Tragically, her heartbroken boyfriend Aaron Armstrong – who discovered her body – killed himself just 20 days after she died, having taken a similar cocktail of cocaine and booze .

Mike Thalassitis

Mike took his own life after battling depression (Image: Rex Features)

Mike, 26, who starred in the 2017 series, took his own life while under the influence of cocaine and alcohol in the early hours of March 16, 2019.

The reality star – who struggled with depression – was found hanging by female jogger in a park near his North London childhood home.

A black “diary” notebook was found nearby containing notes to his family about his desire to end his life, the inquest heard.

Just days earlier his beloved grandmother – who he was a carer for – had died.

His best friend Danny Cutts had also passed away on Christmas Eve.

Celebrity Big Brother

David Gest died in his London hotel room just months after Big Brother (Image: PA)

TV producer and reality star David Gest was found dead in a London hotel on 12 April 2016 after suffering a stroke. He was 62.

He came in 4th place on the 2006 series of I’m a Celebrity … Get Me out of Here! on ITV and went on to land three prime time TV series after the show finished This Is David Gest, Grease is the Word and Greased Lightnin’.

Tiffany broke down after she falsely thought David had died in the Big Brother house (Image: Channel 5)

Just three months before his death he took part in CelebrityBig Brother where housemates mistakenly thought he’d died when Angie Bowie told Tiffany Pollard, “David’s dead.”

All hell broke loose when David was discovered alive and well in his bed, with housemates branding Angie ‘sick’ before others clarified that she meant her ex-husband, David Bowie.

Jade Goody

Jade Goody appeared on Big Brother twice (Image: Press Association)

Just seven years after finding fame on Big Brother in 2002, Jade died tragically young from cervical cancer. She was just 27.

While she only came fourth in Big Brother, she was one of the first reality stars to turn herself into a brand and amassed millions of pounds through perfumes, books and photoshoots.

But her entire career was derailed after a race row with Indian actress Shilpa Shetty in the CelebrityBig Brother house in 2007.

She became a pariah and was accused of ganging up on Shilpa with S Club 7’s Jo O’Meara and Danielle Lloyd after calling her ‘Shilpa Poppadom’ after a row about Oxo cubes.

She got into a vicious row with Shilpa Shetty (Image: Rex/)

The comments sparked outrage in the UK and India, receiving more than 50,000 complaints and even being discussed in parliament.

Desperate to make amends, Jade flew to India to make friends with Shilpa and compete in the country’s version of Big Brother when she was told she had cervical cancer.

Sadly, by the time it was found, the disease had already spread outside of her uterus and she died seven months later.

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They’re going to the live shows! Season 13 of NBC’s hit talent competition series America’s Got Talent kicked off with a bang, but only one of the acts literally wowed the judges. An acrobatic dance group from Austria named Zurcaroh put on such an amazing performance that they got a standing ovation from judges Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Mel B, and Howie Mandel — and they even earned host Tyra Banks’ Golden Buzzer which means they get to bypass multiple rounds of eliminations and head straight to the finals.

Leader Peterson da Cruz Hora explained that he founded the group in 2009 and he accepts dancers, gymnasts, and acrobats at all levels, so anyone who wants to join his group would never be excluded due to lack of experience or talent. Right before Zurcaroh took the stage, Peterson explained why it was so important for his group to audition for AGT. “Because this is the biggest stage in the world where I can share our skills and our talent,” Peterson explained.

See why @zurcaroh inspired @tyrabanks to hit her #GoldenBuzzer. #AGTpremiere

— America’s Got Talent (@AGT) May 30, 2018

Zurcaroh put on a rousing performance full of daring acrobatics and precise synchronicity. Afterwards, all Howie could say was “wow” and each of the judges took turns praising the group for the amazing feat they just pulled off. Simon even said Zurcaroh’s performance was “incredible” and “breathtaking” and right before the judges were about to vote yes or no, Tyra interrupted.

“Hold up, I am collecting my breath,” she said as she made her way to the judges’ table. “This is so crazy that you know what I have to do,” she continued as she hit the Golden Buzzer which means that Zurcaroh is advancing in the competition.

Many of the dancers broke down in tears onstage at the news, and Peterson put everything into perspective backstage when Tyra asked him to explain how much this meant to him and his group. “What does it mean? I told my group that it could change our life with this performance,” Peterson said, “and I think it just did.”

Tyra Banks‘ Golden Buzzer, acrobatic dance group Zurcaroh, returned to “America’s Got Talent” 2018 this week to perform live from the Dolby Theatre in the Quarterfinals 3 episode. They wowed the studio audience and judges Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandal with their Adam & Eve storyline that was filled with dancing and acrobatics. There’s no way Zurcaroh will be eliminated after this impressive showing, right? Watch the “Americas Got Talent” performance video above, read the judges’ comments below, and make your predictions for which seven acts will advance to the Semifinals.

Mel: “First of all Tyra, this is your Golden Buzzer. Well done to you, Tyra! That was amazing. An amazing choice. Can I just say it was breathtaking. I loved the music. I loved the outfits. And I got the storyline!”

Heidi: “If there was ever an act ready for Las Vegas, it’s you guys. I mean, you were perfect! From the costumes to the makeup, the masks, the dancing, the whole thing. And the little girls, I mean all the kids — amazing. My goosebumps just won’t go down. They’re still up.”

Simon: “Yeah, I didn’t like it. I loved it! We don’t have much time. I’m just gonna say this is one of the best live performances I have ever seen on ‘America’s Got Talent.’”

Howie: “I agree. They just took dance to a whole new level. You know how they say less is more? You proved them wrong: more is more. You had acrobatics, you had dancing, you had danger and you had a male Victoria’s Secret model. That’s amazing!”

In his “AGT” live blog our recapper John Benutty had this to say about the performance: “With over 320 million views, Zurcaroh came to the stage tonight with the most viewed audition in ‘AGT’ history. The acrobatic troupe used their skills tonight to tell the story of the Garden of Eden featuring incredible flips by their young female members and breathtaking group choreography. What the judges loved most about the act was their clear and concise storytelling, but Heidi also found their makeup, staging and costumes ‘Vegas ready.’ Simon and Howie both agreed that it was one of the best live performances they’ve ever seen on the show. Yup!”

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As a professor teaching millennial students, I always want to make sure that my class would have “balanced programming” during our 1 ½ hours of contact time. This means that the whole 1 ½ hours is spent not only on lecturing about the chapter, but also on playing team or individual games, viewing video clips, analyzing case studies, and other student-centered learning activities.

When I first had to teach the class talent management and the role of Human Resources (HR) in strategy, I was stumped on how to simplify the topic — until I saw this America’s Got Talent (AGT) clip in my Facebook newsfeed. The AGT clip was of the performance of Zurcaroh, an Austrian acrobat group, which was so compelling that the show’s host, Tyra Banks, gave it the much-coveted golden buzzer.

I now use Zurcaroh’s act as a metaphor to explain talent management, defined as “getting the right person at the right job at the right time.” The group’s act is also a metaphor for other HR functions such as training and development and performance management. Zurcaroh’s jaw-dropping act was perfectly executed because the right performers were doing the right stunts at the right time after they had brainstormed on their moves and undergone rigorous practice. In short, they managed their “human resources,” in the same way that companies do. As a result, the group earned a golden buzzer for its unique and well-executed performance and a slot in the final round. In other words, the group formulated and implemented a strategy in order to win.

Just like Zurcaroh, companies, in order to achieve profitability and growth — the traditional measures of success — must come up with strategies, including HR strategies, that add value to them instead of just simply copying the industry’s best practices.

Noe, Hollenbeck, Gerhart, and Wright, authors of the textbook Fundamentals of Human Resource Management, point out that when it comes to strategy making, HR can be viewed in four ways: administrative, or doing day-to-day activities; two-way, with HR providing inputs to strategy formation and implementation; one-way, with HR simply implementing what it is told to do; and integrative, with HR being involved in every step, from strategy creation to strategy evaluation. They suggest that firms be integrative in their strategy formulation and evaluation so that HR can customize its practices to benefit not just the shareholders of the firm but also every employee in the organization.

Vivien Supangco of the University of the Philippines studied the sales performance, operating profits, new markets/products, and human resources of 36 Metro Manila-based organizations, and concluded, like Noe et al., that having HR play a role in strategic planning and corporate governance increases a company’s likelihood of success.

Because HR personnel manage the most important resource of the firm, they should participate in management decisions that impact employees. HR personnel, using HR analytics, can provide employee data, knowledge of labor laws, and their skill in succession planning; without HR, firms might do whatever they want, such as letting go of 100 employees without realizing or caring about the consequences to these employees and their families. Therefore, HR has a stake in the strategies of the firm.

But success should be measured not only in terms of profit and market share, but also in terms of how well an organization develops its people. Employees deserve to be valued and given dignity through work. Article 23 of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, of which the Philippines is a signatory, states:

Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favorable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.

Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work.

Everyone who works has the right to just and favorable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.

Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.

Firms must adhere to this commitment. However, it will be impossible if owners are in business just for profit. In the end, just like the Zurcaroh acrobat performers, managers, with the help of HR, must do a “balancing act” to make sure that employees, because they are given dignity in the workplace, are positively motivated in producing and delivering jaw-dropping products or services to their customers.

Alvin Neil A. Gutierrez is a DBA student of De La Salle University. He earned his Master in Human Resource Management degree as an AUSAID scholar from The University of Sydney Business School. He is also an Assistant Professor of the Ramon V. Del Rosario College of Business, where he teaches Strategic Human Resource Management and Corporate Social Responsibility and Governance.

Today, talent shows are everywhere. However, only one U.S. television show accepts all sorts of talent. In contrast, other shows tend to focus on singers. This is precisely what makes “America’s Got Talent” unique. Created by Simon Cowell, the show’s format is said to have “more than a billion global viewers since it began airing in 2006 in America and has aired in 194 territories worldwide.” Moreover, according to its official website, the “Got Talent” format “holds the Guinness World Records title as the Most Successful Reality Television Format in history, with 70 local versions produced across Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, and the Americas.”

And while you might find “America’s Got Talent” pretty amusing, you may also be surprised to learn that some of the things about this show may be fake. Here’s what we found:

20 Fake: Some Contestants Have Dramatic Back Stories


As it turns out, it seems the show doesn’t readily check the contestant’s backstories. For instance, season seven contestant Timothy Poe once claimed that he was a war veteran how had learned to sing after he was hit with a grenade while in Afghanistan. Later on, it emerged that he faked the military photo he submitted to the show. Meanwhile, according to the Daily Mail, “The army disputes his claims of having been injured in an IED explosion in Iraq, and of having been hit by a grenade in Afghanistan.”

19 Real: None Of The Original Judges Were From America


Here’s a fun fact. In the past, the judges on “America’s Got Talent” were not from America. As Insider had noted, “Howie Mandel hails from Canada, Heidi Klum is from Germany, and Mel B. and Simon Cowell are from the UK.” So yes, you are looking at an international panel of judges who are more than excited to see the latest talents America has to offer.

18 Fake: The Audience Cheer Whenever They Want

via, Marc Freccero channel

According to a post by a user named “whipchick” on LiveJournal, the show uses “plants” to get the crowd going. The post read, “We that the audience was seeded with plants, paid to be there, knowing who wins, the locals who lined up for tickets instructed, ‘If someone next to you jumps up or makes an X, you do it, too!’ Knowing that the contest and the voting and the judging is rigged, I don’t know why it surprises me so much that the audience is rigged, too.”

17 Real: Some Auditions Were Done Via Myspace Previously


Remember MySpace, one of the earliest social media platforms ever? Well, there was a time that you could also use it to audition for the show. Back in 2008, MySpace partnered up with FremantleMedia North America and NBC to allow for an online audition for the show. According to Mashable, “A page described as a virtual audition city on the social network has been launched to allow prospective talent to upload videos in the six-day submission window provided to offer themselves for consideration as participants in the weekly tournament.”

16 Fake: Contestants’ Lives Are Exaggerated


Sure, dramatic life stories can be pretty interesting, but not when they turn out to be fake. Unfortunately, this is reportedly the case for a lot of contestants on the show. An excerpt of the tell-all book, “Inside AGT: The Untold Stories of America’s Got Talent,” read, “In exchange for being seen by millions of viewers each week, everyone must agree that producers can trick, exploit and embarrass them—and even depict their personal stories in a manner that ‘may be factual or fictional’—and they can’t sue for any reason.”

15 Real: Only One Magician Has Won


Sure, magic acts seem to be popular on “America’s Got Talent,” but that doesn’t mean that magicians readily win. In fact, it seems that only one magician has won the show so far. That honor goes to Mat Franco who had won the grand prize during the show’s ninth season. Needless to say, he’s inspired other magic acts to try their luck too.

14 Fake: Contestants Can Perform Whatever They Want


On a video that season eight contestant Special Head posted on YouTube, he explained, “The producers decide when it’s time to get kicked off the show. And because people love certain characters the show has to justify kicking them off. The levitation on the pyramid is what they had me do instead. That says a lot.”

13 Real: Ventriloquists Are Very Popular


While magicians are finding it hard to score a winning streak on the show, it seems that ventriloquists are doing much better. So far, “America’s Got Talent” has had three ventriloquist winners. Among them was 12-year-old Darci Lynne Farmer who won $1 million, as well as a contract for a Las Vegas Show.

12 Fake: Jokers Deliver Their Bit Spontaneously


The tell-all book further revealed, “Several comedic acts told the book that they were required to submit their jokes to the producers in advance to make sure they cleared network standards and didn’t clash with the show’s family friendly values.” Hence, contestants would have to come up with their jokes for the show ahead of time.

11 Real: One Singer Was Accused Of Lip Syncing


At one point, “America’s Got Talent” featured an angelic opera singer by the name of Jackie Evancho who performed her own rendition of “O mio babbino caro.” At that time, Evancho was only 10 years old and so, many thought she was simply lip-synching. However, that claim was later quashed after she performed a vocal exercise right on the spot.

10 Fake: Some Acts Are Seriously Dangerous


According to a Reddit entry, “He had 20 seconds to escape or else the car would draf him down the road. Half walk through his performance he lost dropped his key. (I forgot to mention he was blindfolded.) Of course, he starts feeling around for the key and at the last minute he finds it and he escapes. Just like what happened to Lord Nil. I think they made him drop his key for suspense.”

9 Real: The Grand Prize Is Paid Out Over 40 Years


Sure, the grand prize money on “America’s Got Talent” is a whopping $1 million. However, that doesn’t mean that grand prize winners can collect all their money immediately. As a report from Forbes pointed out, “If you read the fine print on the screen at the end of the finale last night, the million dollar prize is actually a 40-year long annuity.” That means that winners generally receive around $25,000 each year, although this estimate is still before taxes.

8 Fake: Contestants Pursue Auditions On Their Own


Another excerpt from “Inside AGT: The Untold Stories of America’s Got Talent” explained, “Most of the acts who typically advance to Vegas Week and beyond are personally recruited by AGT talent scouts and producers and never wait in line.” In addition, season two contestant Julienne Irwin recalled, “When I made it to the Top 20, I couldn’t believe I was the only one that really came from an open call audition. I was the only one that hadn’t been a professional performer.”

7 Real: Cowell Complimented Courtney Hadwin Behind The Scenes


Courtney Hadwin is a British teen who wowed everyone with her rendition of the song “Hard to Handle.” In fact, it left Cowell impressed. Hadwin recalled to Good Housekeeping, “I was really nervous to get in front of Simon, because Simon is Simon. When I watched him on America’s Got Talent and Britain’s Got Talent on YouTube it made me nervous. But Simon was very nice. He came back and shook my dad’s hand . Then Simon said that of all of the shows, my audition was the best. I was really excited when he said that.”

6 Fake: The Audience Gets Excited With Specific Performers


According to one comment on Reddit, “They’ve been doing this for other shows, not just AGT. Sometimes the audience leaves too early and only half or 3/4 are present. They get the shots of the audience to fill in. They want to make the audience look excited. Sometimes the audience doesn’t show that so they have to redo it. Most of the time the audience doesn’t even know who the GB act was until after they filmed the audience!”

5 Real: Tyra Banks Was Accused Of Manipulating A Little Girl


Supermodel and TV host Tyra Banks joined “America’s Got Talent” after Nick Cannon left the show. In May 2017, a lawsuit was filed against the show’s production company. A copy of the lawsuit acquired by Deadline alleged that Banks “physically manipulated and verbally abused” a little girl named Mary. The lawsuit further stated, “MARY became nervous when she realizes that BANKS is planning to physically manipulate her. MARY did not stop BANK’s conduct because MARY was fearful.”

4 Fake: Courtney Hadwin Got A Golden Buzzer AFTER Performing


Another entry to Reddit claimed, “I ended up seeing Courtney Hadwin. I saw her get the golden buzzer, but I didn’t see her perform. The producers told us they were filming a golden buzzer scene. They then proceeded to coach us on what to due when howie hit the golden buzzer. The producer would hit the buzzer and everyone would jump up and scream. (they didnt add confetti until after.) Courtney then walked out on stage and didn’t say a word.”

3 Real: The Youngest Winner Was 11 Years Old


As you know, some of the incredible talents that appear on “America’s Got Talent” are incredibly young. Not only that, some of these young talents also go on to become the show’s grand prize winner. Take, for example, singer Bianca Ryan who won the first season. According to the website Reality Blurred, she was only 11 years old when she won.

2 Fake: Cowell Said He Didn’t Know The Tambourine Man


Fans of the show were clearly shocked when Cowell claimed that he didn’t recognize tambourine master Gonzo when he performed on the show. After all, Gonzo has already appeared in other “Got Talent” franchises, including “Asia’s Got Talent” and “Britain’s Got Talent.” After his performance on “America’s Got Talent,” Cowell simply remarked, “I just got nothing else to say, I mean, my mind is somewhere else, and I want to press delete, and I can’t right now.”

1 Real: Judges’ Votes Don’t Guarantee Much


Sure, you see the judges vote and you feel like that’s all the contestant needs to move on to the next round. But in reality, things are a bit more complicated. Take the case of season 10 contestant Zand. In an article written for Huffington Post, he recalled, “It is really up to the producers. I was told I would be notified in a couple of months. After much anticipation, I was sent a generalized email explaining that I would not be sent to the next round.”

Sources: Radar Online, Insider, Forbes, Huffington Post

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Glennis Grace – a household name in the Netherlands. She has been singing since the age of 11, has been on numerous television shows, was sent to the Eurovision Song Contest and has multiple albums attached to her name. It sounds like the success story of an established singer, but apparently America’s Got Talent does not agree. According to them, Glennis has been desperately fighting for her spot in the entertainment industry without any results and appreciation, while on top of that struggling with being a single mom.

Now, many of us will understand that making it in the U.S. is different from making it in the Netherlands. Many Americans probably don’t even know where this little country is located. Nonetheless, it is very interesting how much of Glennis’ story was altered on America’s Got Talent (AGT) just to make her more attractive as a contester. But fact is that Glennis is not the only one whose story was altered. Many stories on AGT are being exaggerated to make certain contesters stand out and eventually maybe even help them win.

Many stories on AGT are being exaggerated to make certain contesters stand out and eventually maybe even help them win.

While we might accept some ‘innocent exaggeration’ like in the case of Glennis, sometimes things can get out of hand. It is one thing to spice up a story a bit by leaving some minor details out or making others more salient, but there are certain boundaries. A contester named Timothy Poe found this out the hard way. In season 7 of AGT, Timothy claimed to be an American soldier who had been hit by a grenade in Afghanistan. As you might have guessed, this was not the case. But it gets worse: the photo that was used to show him as a soldier did not actually depict him, but a completely different guy! Naturally he got an enormous amount of backlash for this, and had to tearfully apologize on a local news station.

This is a great example of a case where just ‘spicing someone’s story up a bit’ totally spun out of control and just got straight up deceiving. But even after all this, most of us have to admit that we all love a good sob story. The bottom line is: it works on the television. Of course we will be more intrigued by an inspiring and mind-blowing personal story because we then want these people to succeed. The problem with having these fake stories is that some people succeed because of a made-up story and this is not fair to people who actually have been through something.

Because you might ask yourself the following: is every story shown on AGT fake? Fortunately not. Some of the stories we see are in fact true. Look at Kechi Okwuchi for example. In season 12, she stood in front of the judges when she explained what terrible thing had happened to her. She was on a plane going home for Christmas in 2005 when the plane horrifically crashed. She turned out to be one of the only two survivors of the 109 people on board. After telling her unimaginable story she did a mind-blowing audition and made it to the finals.

All in all, these three examples all have different ‘levels of fakeness’. Some have none, others a little and a few are just blatant lies. You might even suggest that there is some kind of ‘spectrum of fakeness’ on which you can place every contester of AGT from true to fake. Now it is up to us to notice which stories belong in the ‘blatant lies’-category to furthermore identify who is riding the ‘I-have-an-amazing-story’-bandwagon without being entitled to this. But the question remains: do we really want to know this? I think most of us are already aware of the fact that television can be fake, but we accept this because we want good entertainment. So maybe we should just accept that sometimes this entertainment comes with a little white lie, and sometimes a few big ones.



Grandma’s got talent! Meet the Metairie woman auditioning for NBC’s ‘America’s Got Talent’


A Metairie grandmother is proving age is not a factor when it comes to accomplishing your dreams.

Pam Graef, 52, said she always loved to work out and dance. Her journey started in 1988 as an exercise instructor. She then went on to participate in fitness competitions for about 15 years, winning several awards.


In 2009, Graef stopped competing because of a knee injury.

Even though she still trains clients almost daily, Graef said she hadn’t been on a stage in a while. That’s all about to change as she gets the chance to show off her skills on a bigger stage than ever before.

“Dance, a little bit of gymnastics, power strength, and flexibility moves,” she said.

Metairie grandma auditions for America’s Got Talent

Graef is auditioning for NBC’s ‘America’s Got Talent’ and she doesn’t even have to wait in line for this big moment.

“I sent in a video to America’s Got talent and I heard from a producer about a month later, and they sent me a front-of-the-line ticket for the auditions. I kind of had to read it a couple of times and then I thought to myself, I wonder if this is a joke? So, I emailed the lady back and it wasn’t a joke. And the next day, they emailed me the front-of-the- line ticket,” Graef said.

Graef said this is a dream come true. She would love to make it on the show and win, but she says there’s a bigger message in this entire experience.

Pam Graef shows off routine for America’s Got Talent audition

“It’s not always about the win. It’s about the process and what you get out of it. If you win, that’s great, but if you don’t you always learn something and it’s always positive. You’re going to set the goal, you’re going to do the work, you’re going to follow through and you accomplish that goal,” she said.

Graef will audition Saturday, Dec. 14, in Dallas. She will know in spring 2020 if she makes season 15.

‘America’s Got Talent’: Crazy Secrets About the Show That NBC Doesn’t Want You To Know

America’s Got Talent brings on contestants all over the world every season to show off their talent. After the show, many contestants went on to make it big and took their act to places like Las Vegas. But there are a lot of crazy secrets that go into making the show.

The show has been sued multiple times. Former contestants have also been open about how the show isn’t always what it seems. Here are seven crazy secrets about the show most fans probably don’t know about.

1. A producer has been sued for reportedly ‘traumatizing’ someone’s daughter

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  • The show was recently accused of manipulating a couple’s daughter.

A singer-songwriter couple auditioned and brought their daughter to the show as they performed multiple songs. They claim a producer asked the daughter about an original song. They also claimed the producer tried to get the daughter, who is a minor, into a contract without their consent, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

When they performed, they said their daughter was told to “act embarrassed and annoyed by her parents’ performance” and Tyra Banks “physically manipulated and verbally abused” the daughter while making fun of their performance.

The show gave the statement “We take great care of all acts that cross the AGT stage and their families. Tyra has been an incredible addition to AGT with her vibrant energy and maternal nurturing spirit, and we look forward to continuing to watch her positive influence on the show.”

Next: This is how the show reportedly gets emotional reactions out of people.

2. A contestant said producers lie to get an emotional reaction out of people

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  • A contestant claimed they were told to cheer for someone that lost which led to tears.

This probably isn’t that surprising now that reality TV has been around for a while. But the story Cas Haley told for Inside AGT: The Untold Stories of America’s Got Talent is really upsetting.

He said he was in the green room and watched a young girl from Hawaii audition. A producer told them that she made it, so everyone in the room should applaud for her when she gets back. But this played out in an unexpected way.

“It turns out she didn’t actually make it,” said Haley. “They just told us that so we’d cheer and they’d get reaction out of her. That was the first time I realized I couldn’t trust these people.”

Next: This contestant was caught lying about his time in the army.

3. A contestant was caught lying about his backstory

Timothy Poe on America’s Got Talent | NBC

  • This contestant sort of apologized for misleading audiences.

Like other reality shows, America’s Got Talent tries to show moving backstories of contestants to get the audience to root for them and be attached to them. It turns out one contestant was caught lying.

Timothy Poe claimed in Season 7 that he was injured by an IED explosion in Iraq and hit with a grenade in Afghanistan. Poe said this injury made him stutter and learned to sing to overcome it. According to Daily Mail, the army refuted Poe’s claims and the picture used of him in uniform wasn’t truly him. He later apologized.

He, however, still said “I don’t feel like I’ve lied. That’s what’s driving me crazy because I truly thought things have happened to me.”

Next: Former contestants claim producers sabotaged people doing this.

4. Former contestant accused producers of sabotaging singers

Brennley Brown on America’s Got Talent | NBC

  • A contestant said producers had a way to make sure singers were off key.

There have been some impressive singers on the show. But apparently, producers like to manipulate their performances in tricky ways.

“I know numerous friends on the show who would rehearse with full monitors — EQ’d perfectly — then when they do their live performance, the monitors would drop off so the performers can’t hear themselves and they sound off key,” said Murray Sawchuck from Season 5 in Inside AGT: The Untold Stories of America’s Got Talent.

Next: This is why the show was sued for wrongful death.

5. The show was sued for wrongful death

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  • The estate of a woman who died sued claiming the show’s equipment caused her death.

Maureen Allen and her husband were volunteering at a county-sponsored science and engineering fair, but a lot of the access points were blocked off because filming of the show was about to start. When Allen tried to get to the ramp in her wheelchair, it had a large power cord obstructing her way, according to Deadline. She was reportedly thrown off hitting the pavement, which led to arm injuries and a broken hip.

The suit claims she was “was forced to undergo no less than 8 different procedures as a result of the injuries.” She later had to go on life support and eventually passed away. The legal process is still ongoing.

Next: Is the show stacked against people who audition?

6. A lot of the contestants that go far didn’t audition

Julienne Irwin on America’s Got Talent | NBC

  • In one season, reportedly only one contestant who made it to the Top 20 auditioned.

A lot of reality shows recruit their cast, even though they advertise auditions. This competition is no different, but what’s disappointing is that a lot of the contestants that go far aren’t people who audition. Instead, they are people who were already known for their talent.

Country singer Julienne Irwin from Season 2 revealed in Inside AGT: The Untold Stories of America’s Got Talent that she was told she was the only one in the Top 20 who wasn’t a professional performer and had to audition.

Next: Some contestants go on multiple versions of the show.

7. Some contestants have appeared on multiple versions of the show

Sacred Riana | NBC

  • You can find the same acts on multiple shows online.

Not only are some contestants recruited from YouTube and comedy clubs, but they are sometimes cross over from the other international branches of the show. For example, the act, Sacred Riana was in Season 2 of Asia’s Got Talent and recently appeared on Season 13 of America’s Got Talent.

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Are you as frustrated as us that you didn’t get to vote for the winner of “America’s Got Talent: The Champions”? Unlike “AGT,” this spin-off version was not live and was taped last fall. That meant America did not get to take part in picking the winner. Producers chose a group of viewers that they named the Superfans, who attended the tapings.

This panel of voters is comprised of people from all 50 states. Producers wouldn’t disclose the exact number of voters but it was revealed that not every member of the panel took part in the vote for every episode.

SEE ‘America’s Got Talent: The Champions’ episode 6 recap

To keep their identities secret, the superfans were not part of the studio audience. Rather, they were sat off-stage and voted electronically via secret ballot. They were not allowed to discuss the acts with each other but were allowed to hear the comments by the four judges – Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and Mel B — as well as new host Terry Crews.

The five acts in the final who got there because of the superfans were: singers Brian Justin Crum, Paul Potts and Cristina Ramos; stand-up comedian Preacher Lawson and magician Shin Lim.

The five acts singled out by the judges for special treatment courtesy of the Golden Buzzer were: singers Susan Boyle, Angelica Hale and Kechi Okwuchi; daredevils Deadly Games; and sand artist Kseniya Simonova.

The two wildcards were ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer, who won “AGT” in 2017, and magician Jon Dorenbos.

What did you think of this new method of determining the winner of “AGT: The Champions”? Sound off in our comments section and then be sure to cast your vote in our poll as to who you want to win.

Where do the acts come from?

“Most of the acts who typically advance to Vegas Week and beyond are personally recruited by AGT talent scouts and producers and never wait in line,” the book alleges.

“Some are discovered on YouTube, others in comedy clubs and performance venues. ‘When I made it to the Top 20, I couldn’t believe I was the only one that really came from an open call audition,’ country singer Julienne Irwin (season 2) said. ‘I was the only one that hadn’t been a professional performer.’”

What kind of agreement do the acts have to sign before appearing?

“You are pretty much signing away your life,” a former contestant said. “It’s almost non-negotiable.”

“In exchange for being seen by millions of viewers each week, everyone must agree that producers can trick, exploit and embarrass them — and even depict their personal stories in a manner that ‘may be factual or fictional’ — and they can’t sue for any reason,” the book writes.

“‘I further understand that my appearance, depiction and portrayal in the program may be disparaging, defamatory, embarrassing…and may expose me to public ridicule, humiliation or condemnation,’ the agreement states.”

Season 5 winner Michael Grimm told the book that he was required to use the show’s delegated management company, which he described as horrible.

“It was a horrible, horrible management company that they set you up with. That it not a good situation. The guy they assigned me to was a green horned rookie,” he said.

“He had no experience in the music business at all. And I do. I have way more work experience than this manager that was assigned to me. I was telling him how this business works. He was learning from me. That is not good.”

Who decides on the song, act or routine?

The book claims an individual producer works with several acts and while the artist is allowed input, the final decisions are all made by the show.

“Each act must work within the parameters of a pre-set budget that the executive producers decide for them,” the book says.

“In some cases contestants are allocated as much as $30,000 to produce a 90 second performance.”

Several comedic acts told the book that they were required to submit their jokes to the producers in advance to make sure they cleared network standards and didn’t clash with the show’s family friendly values.

What is a typical work day like for contestants?

“You start out early in the morning around 6:00. And it would go until 9:00 or 10:00 at night,” contestant Alice Tan Ridley (season 5) said — who is the mother of Precious star Gabourey Sidibe.

“You felt like you were in prison,” Season 4’s Damien Escobar revealed. “They kept us in this holding area forever, like 19 hours, until it was our time to rehearse. We’d get about four hours of sleep and be up at 5:00 AM to do it all over again… We had a nurse on set everyday that was giving us vitamin B, vitamin K shots. It was crazy… There was a therapist backstage.”

Who counts the votes?

“The votes are collected and counted by an independent third party called Telescope, Inc.,” the book reveals. “They also tally results for American Idol, The Voice and X Factor.”

What happens after you get eliminated?

The book claims that when eliminated travel arrangements home are made and some contestants are referred to speak with an onsite therapist before leaving.

“They shipped us to a shrink for legal reasons, I suppose,” singer Eli Mattson (season 3) said.

Damien Escobar said he and his brother didn’t have to go when they were eliminated — but their mother did!

“She was so pissed off. I remember I was in the back doing interviews after the show, and I hear my mom screaming,” he said.

“You would have thought that lost. She was screaming at the top of her lungs, and I was like, ‘Oh god, my mom would be the one that went to the therapist!’”