Did Piers Morgan cross the line in buzzing Prince Poppycock in the final round of America’s Got Talent? Fellow Judge Sharon Osborn thinks so along with fans of Poppycock and the show.
Prince Poppycock/John Quale was the opening performer in the final competition on Season 5’s America’s Got Talent. The Prince chose “Nessun Dorma”, to showcase his operatic singing talent and artistic design style. This was a serious side of Poppycock and evidently didn’t set to well with Piers Morgan.
Even though the judges had no say in the final choice and were there as cheerleaders, Piers as he has done throughout the show, chose to insert himself into the spotlight by buzzing the first performer.
Sharon Osborn was visibly upset told Morgan, this is not our night to judge; this is America’s night to judge. She went on to call Morgan selfish and swatted at Morgan, half joking and missing him, with papers she held in her hand.
Morgan was booed by the studio audience, tried to defend himself by telling Poppycock, the performance was too serious. You have lost the fun. This is a far cry from an earlier critic by Morgan who told Poppycock, “You have become my guilty pleasure”.
Michael Grimm’s performance was a knock out, with Howie Mandel telling the Southern Soul singer, “You will win this competition”. Osborn told Grimm her husband Ozzie had $100 riding on his win.
After Jackie Evancho, Morgan turned to his fellow judges and said, “This is why Ozzie will be $100 poorer tomorrow night.
Fighting Gravity finished out the night with Mandel telling the black light illusionist group, you will be performing in Vegas no matter what happens.
Did Piers Morgan cross the line giving unfair advantage to Jackie Evancho by buzzing Prince Poppycock? Should America’s Got Talent remove the buzzers from the judges
On the final round, since they are no longer judging, merely commentators on the acts.
How much effect will Morgan’s buzzing have on the voting audience? It remains to be seen.