I think the pickings are pretty slim for America’s Got Talent this year, but there are a few acts I’ve enjoyed. There’s a popera trio named Forte who’s easy on the eyes and reminds me of Il Divo. There’s a teenage magician who’s as good a showman as he is a magician. Perhaps most impressive is Anna Christine, a 10-year-old girl with an old soul who sang and played “House of the Rising Sun.” Let’s also not forget the black guy who came out and sang like… well I won’t spoil the surprise, but watch his audition here, and stick around after the performance for a great extra “Awwwww” moment.
Whatever this young singer’s future holds, I hope that his heart and his authenticity will be preserved. I also hope he gets a new haircut. Meanwhile, watch this audition and thank God for men like Jimmy Rose. You also have my permission to direct a few imprecatory Psalms in President Obama’s direction while you’re at it. Lyrics for the song are here, and they include a verse cut from this performance that addresses Washington a little more pointedly. Lyrically it also reminds me of Billy Joel’s ode to the Long Island fishermen in “Downeaster Alexa,” with the difference that Joel was writing from the outside looking in and Rose has actually lived what he sings about.
[Note: In the judges’ comments, Howard says “That was a d–n good song,” a statement with which I heartily concur, but if you don’t want to hear him say it, you can hit pause after the actual performance.]