Right now, a lot of people in America are probably thinking that the only positive that can be said of the year 2012 is that, contrary to many claims, there actually was another year after that.
It can be easy to let the past frustrations of the past weigh you down and discourage you further. But with that said, you don't lose anything by trying apart from the time that would have otherwise been blown stewing in self-pity, and ultimately, even big mistakes can be looked back upon as good experiences as long as they are learned from.
Even better if you can learn from the big mistakes of those who went before you. Which is an opportunity many a contestant on America's Got Talent have had in the past, yet a surprising number of which failed to take.
Looking back, you almost have to wonder how many contestants actually bothered to watch America's Got Talent before auditioning to be on it.
The function of Letdown Month is predominantly to call attention to this. Unlike Suck Month, the acts about to be named were expected to be good, and with only one or two exceptions, had been so up until they finally performed live.
Some promised more than they could deliver. Others backed down or played it safe. Many lost sight of what it was that had originally made their acts so entertaining, with a few doing so to such an incredible degree that it almost seemed deliberate.
Whatever the case may be, the thirty-one acts to be named in the month of January all came in with high expectations, and all notoriously failed to deliver on them.
If you have auditioned, or are considering auditioning in the future, take note, lest your name appear on the list as well.