What Does America’s Got Talent Have to Compete With Connie Talbot, Paul Potts and Susan Boyle?

Top to bottom: Connie Talbot, Paul Potts, Susan Boyle

Top to bottom: Connie Talbot, Paul Potts, Susan Boyle

Update from Apr 27 2009, you can add Hollie Steel to this list! WOW!

I do a lot of research for this blog. I want to take a rest today and let some readers share their knowledge and opinions on some content from America’s Got Talent, the American version of Britain’s Got Talent, or even American Idol.

I don’t watch any of those three shows, but Britain’s Got Talent videos the likes of Susan Boyle, Paul Potts and Connie Talbot have managed to reach me (see videos below). They have amazed me, taken my breath away, made me cry, inspired me, and so on.

However, nothing from America’s Got Talent or American Idol seemed to have reached me… and YouTube is an American phenomenon! Why nothing from either show has reached me isn’t the point here, though.

What I want to know is what does America’s Got Talent (or American Idol) have to compete with the likes of the Britain’s Got Talent videos below of Connie Talbot, Paul Potts and Susan Boyle?

Tell me, because I’ve got no idea. I believe the best viral stuff on the Net works similar to a free market where the true best will make it to the top be better known. But if so, then America’s Got Talent and American Idol has nothing that comes close to the aforementioned videos from Britain’s Got Talent.

That is probably wrong, though, so please help me. Post a comment suggestion of some of America’s Got Talent’s best moments with a YouTube link. Or American Idol as well. Maybe your favourite moment/s is a good way to identify that choice?

Or can I be right that America’s Got Talent and American Idol don’t have anything that can compete with the viral videos below from Britain’s Got Talent? Somehow, I can’t imagine the Americans agreeing with that. But maybe the American hype machine has pretty much picked up everyone hitting the “good” level so as to leave nothing quite as stunning as some of those Britain’s Got Talent folks. We’ll see, I guess.

If you haven’t by chance seen any of these videos below, I would highly recommend you have a look. I think they’ll move you, probably a lot. They certainly moved me a lot.

Flesch-Kincaid Grade Reading Level: 6.8


Connie Talbot on Britain’s Got Talent 2007

Connie made it to the finals and has also gone on to stardom, as Connie’s website shows or by searching her name on Google and YouTube. For all her various videos, there are over 80 million views… which Susan Boyle has yet to reach at time of posting, but has 2 more years to do that, which shouldn’t be a problem. There are some other great and charming videos of Connie, like:


Paul Potts on Britain’s Got Talent 2007

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Paul won the overall competition in 2007 and has gone on to stardom. See Paul’s website or just search his name on Google and YouTube and see what shows up. This video with Natasha Marsh shows Paul singing Verdi, and this one is a more polished Paul singing the same Nessun Dorma as above, but is formal and has no crowd electricity like the above one.


Susan Boyle on Britain’s Got Talent 2009

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6 thoughts on “What Does America’s Got Talent Have to Compete With Connie Talbot, Paul Potts and Susan Boyle?

  1. I just checked out your link to Paul Potts’ website. It was definitely worth the trip. Love his new song! He just sound so beautiful! On another note….don’t have an answer for you on who in America can compete. Celine Dion is probably my all time favorite but she’s from Canada.

    • Thank you for your comment as always. I’m so happy to see Paul on his way to bigger and better things he deserves as his site shows. No responses yet, but I can’t be sure if that’s because people aren’t answering, or don’t have an answer. We’ll have to wait and see, I guess. Hollie Steele just made it an even tougher question, though. See post after this one! WOW!

  2. The only contestent I ever liked on America’s got Talent was Kaitlyn Maher, but she’s only four…I think Britain’s got Talent has better judges, organization (audition,semifinal,final no top 40 top 20 top 10 top 5, etc) and better contestants. Connie is not only adorable but has a beautiful voice, Paul Potts is amazing, Susan is my FAVORITE, Hollie has an extremely high pitched voice, Andrew Johnston was amazing, they’re all great.

    • I think Kaitlyn’s adorable, but that’s what seemed to have come through for her more than her singing. She’s got talent, yes, but talent at four. I’m sure in a few years, she can drop the qualifier, but that’s what I’m there to see, talent, not talent at four. I still haven’t seen anything from America’s Got Talent that makes me rethink this post. 🙂

      Thanks for sharing! Can’t wait for BGT 2010!

  3. Whether by accident or design Kaitlyn Maher was AGT’s excellent answer to BGT’s equally good Connie Talbot (and also to the others). Taking into consideration Kaitlyn had a sore throat when she sang in the top 10 she was good regardless of age. Piers seemed to forget he was there to judge talent not age when he said “it wouldn’t be fair to put you on a Vegas stage” so she never actually lost on talent. However she was the exception and one swallow doesn’t make a spring so you can still be right on average.

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