America’s Got Talent was renewed for a sixth season by NBC, but there are certainly ways that they can improve upon the presentation of this show. Shows with this format don’t last forever on television, but with the right changes, America’s Got Talent could ensure its survival in a tough television market. The 2010 season of America’s Got Talent proved to be the No. 1 show over the summer for the fifth consecutive year, but as with American Idol, changes could definitely improve the format.
All shows that live a long life on television need to adjust as the year’s progress, and now it is time for America’s Got Talent to evolve in order to survive.
Five Ways to Improve America’s Got Talent
1. Actually Showing All of the Preliminary Acts
One of the big problems with America’s Got Talent, is that they don’t give a fair shot to all of the contestants. The producers pick and choose which ones to focus on, and some acts which they consider to be really good are fast-tracked without even being shown. That takes America out of the equation at times, and strongly favors those contestants that the show takes the time to feature.
2. More Audience Involvement Before Vegas
The three judges have all the control when it comes to the acts that advance to Vegas, but maybe some of those slots should be filled through America voting. Give the judges all but five slots, and let the internet votes on those final five slots in the groups that will get to make it to actually performing in Vegas.
3. Real Parameters in Vegas
Right now the three judges send more people to Vegas than they want to appear in front of the live audiences, and they have a quick segment where they cut it down even further. It leads to the three judges deciding who will advance off-screen, and maybe it is time to present that with more transparency. Why does one talented performer get chosen over the next one?
4. Fewer Judging Diatribes
There are times when the three America’s Got Talent judges go too far into tangents, and take away from the performers trying to appeal to voters. This is especially the case when contestants are vying for votes from America. Going off on tangents and arguing amongst each other takes the audience out of the brief performance that has just happened. How about the judges show a bit more tact when the performers are done?
5. Open-Minded Judges
The judges seem to have specific categories which they don’t think should win the show each season, and willingly marginalize the talents of some in order to forward their personal agendas. It’s time for the judges to be more fair to acts that might not normally appeal to them, and to give everyone an equal shot at winning the show. If that takes replacing a judge, then so be it, because it has been done before on the show.