Over and over during the eighth season of America's Got Talent, the judges boasted that this was the best season they'd ever had.
There certainly is an argument to be made in favor of such, but it would mostly be due to the absolutely deplorable job the judges had gone out of their way to do year after year before then.
This is not a problem that began with the current team of judges (though the current team revels in stupidity unlike any other). Straight from the very beginning, the judges have seemed to be operating under the assumption that it doesn't matter how bad the acts are since all but the best of them won't be remembered a year later at all; that, as long as they have a good winner and a few solid runners-up, they can make the rest of the Top 20/40/48/60 as horrible as they want.
Consequently, since the beginning of the America's Got Talent Examiner, I have done my part to prove them wrong.
The following are the absolute worst of the worst, the acts who don't even deserve to be called acts, the ones who had as much talent as Howie Mandel has hair.
This is Suck Month.
Here are the rules:
#1: No Season 1 acts.
For Season 1, only sixty-one acts passed the open calls (and only fifty-eight showed up for the semifinals). Under these circumstances, it's not surprising that some of the acts included in the Top 40 were pretty bad since they were literally scraping the bottom of the barrel to begin with.
There were definitely some acts that called into question just how bad the ones that were rejected could have possibly been, but with so few to choose from at all, it's not worth it to hold it against them.
#2: No acts that America, to any extent, actually voted for.
Talent, like many things, is in the eye of the beholder, so with respects to anyone who may possibly disagree, any act that made it to the semifinals on America's vote, or who was eliminated in the first round after being rejected as a judges' choice, is exempt from consideration.
Don't get me wrong, some of America's choices were just as bad as the judges' (and rest assured, they will be getting their own list later), but these are the acts that only idiots and trollers would dare try to defend. These are the acts that were beyond bad; that should have sufficed as proof, not only that the judges were too incompetent for their jobs, but that they were actually invested in doing their jobs as horribly as possible.
#3: No acts better than a similar act exempted by Rule #2.
If an act, though horrible, was such for the same reason as another act America did vote for but to a lesser degree, it too shall be excluded.
It's Halloween, and time to haunt the judges with their past idiocy again.