Last year, the AGT Examiner chose to bid farewell to former judge Sharon Osbourne with a Top 10 list in reference to her constant assertion that "America never gets it wrong."
As this updated and extended list will hopefully remind everyone, that couldn't be further from the truth.
America has proven, not only that it is within their capacity to get things wrong, but to get things just as wrong as the judges, who are infamous for constantly going well out of their way, year after year, seemingly with the intended goal of screwing up as badly as possible.
October was Suck Month, a countdown of thirty-one of the worst acts ever to be included in a live show set on America's Got Talent. Now it's your turn.
Unlike the Suck Month acts, which were undeniably bad in every sense of the word and had no support whatsoever beyond immediate family members, internet trolls and people rooting for AGT's cancellation, the following acts were supported enough for it to show in the results to varying degrees.
This will likely be a controversial list because, with only a few exceptions, the acts about to be named were talented and did deserve to perform live, and all of them received at least enough support from the AGT audience for it to be relfected in the vote. But they still warrant criticism, not so much because of the quality of their talent, but because of how much more talent can be found in their defeated competitors.
With Suck Month, I could rely solely on opinion because nobody in their right mind would ever try to defend any of those acts. This list, however, is absolutely guaranteed to upset.
So to make it as fair as possible, the entire list was compiled using a mathematical formula relying on the following information:
- How many additional rounds the act survived beyond its more appropriate placement overall. Judges' choice qualifications will also be counted as half a round, but only in examples where the act subsequently failed to advance further.
- The number of better choices that were ever available as alternatives to that act. For the total score these two numbers will be multiplied together.
- Instances in which, through subsequent voting, prior decisions were America were effectively revoked (a judges' choice advancing in place of an act that had previously advanced in the same round automatically, for example). For each one of these, an extra five points will be added to the total.
Or, in loose mathematical terms: (A+1) x B + (R X 5) = Level of stupidity.
One last note: Two of the acts to be named on this list were so bad that they should have been rejected at the open calls. With respects to just how awful the decisions to vote for these acts were, the open calls are being counted as three rounds.