Kid Speak - America's Got Talent

Sep 17, 2009

My daughter and I have a nightly ritual of watching a few acts of America’s Got Talent before she goes to bed. Because she only gets to watch two or three performances each night (via Tivo) I am able to drag out each week’s regular show and “results” show a whole week. (I don’t know what I am going to do once we finish watching last night’s finale!)

Anyway, the other night, she and I were lying on my bed watching a group that neither of us have liked all season (and cannot fathom how they keep getting through week after week).

When they were done performing , Jordan turned to me and said, “If you were a judge on that show, would you have buzzed them tonight?”

“No,” I told her.

“Why not?” she asked me. “You don’t like them.”

“I know, honey, but I wouldn’t want to hurt their feelings.”

“You wouldn’t hurt their feelings by buzzing them,” she said.

“I think I would,” I told her.

“No, you wouldn’t,” she insisted. “If I were a judge, I’d buzz them, but I wouldn’t hurt their feelings. I would say to them, very nicely, ‘I like you a lot. But, you just need more . . . uhm . . . talent.’”

Silly me. Why didn’t I think of that? I’m sure that wouldn't sting at all.


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