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Opera Singer Prince Poppycock America's Got Talent Predictions
Can Poppycock Win the Fifth Season of AGT?
Opera singer Prince Poppycock has emerged as a favorite contestant for the fifth season of America's Got Talent. Poppycock, an opera singer with the performance skills of a Broadway star, has gained popularity due to his stage presence and performance skills in addition to his considerable opera singing talent.
Poppycock is arguably not as good of a singer as Neal Boyd, the opera singer who won the third season of AGT, or Barbara Padilla, the runner up for America's Got Talent's fourth season. Indeed, some may even think that this season's 10-year-old Jackie Evancho is preferable as an opera singer. However, Prince Poppycock is more than an opera singer. In short, he is also a showman. Even many fans who tend to dismiss the opera contestants in this talent show have taken a liking to Poppycock due to his stage persona.
However, how far can his white stage paint and fancy costumes take him? I believe it won't take him to a championship. In the end, every show has producers, directors and other personnel that can provide the costumes and other creative ideas. America's Got Talent, despite some occasional head-scratching results, is still a talent show. And Poppycock's relative lack of talent in his craft compared to the level of talent or "wow factor" of some of his competitors will likely prevent him from winning this season of America's Got Talent.
When judging the likelihood that a contestant will win a national talent contest, it is difficult but not impossible to isolate the most important factors that get people to pick up the phone or go online and vote for a contestant. Surely, flashy performances like those of Prince Poppycock's can take a contestant a long way. However, substance generally wins over flash. And the bitter truth is Prince Poppycock is not even the best opera singer this season. Carlos Aponte was the best opera singer this season, but the show decided to go with Poppycock, perhaps for his showmanship. But when doing that, the show in no way expected to be picking a winner. Simply put, Poppycock is there for ratings. He very clearly lacks the power of an opera singer -- the kind of power that impresses both fans and non-fans of opera.
Some contestants like flash or gimmicks over substance, and America's Got Talent is good at trying to please everybody if it's good at anything. Poppycock appeals to Broadway lovers, some opera lovers and those generally impressed by the visual parts of an act instead of the actual substance of the talent. Those with short attention spans love Poppycock because of the visual aspects of his performances. But this appears to be a minority of the voting public.
In fact, more voters tend to gravitate more toward the intrinsic talent level of an act when it comes to picking a winner. Bianca Ryan and Neal Boyd were the best singers in their seasons, and that's why they won. Terry Fator is arguably the best ventriloquist in the world. That's why he won. Kevin Skinner is a bit of a mystery. Technically, he was not the best singer in my opinion. But there is an exception to every rule. Kevin seems to be that exception.
In a very weak season like last season turned out to be, Prince Poppycock could well emerge as the favorite. But strictly from a talent level, he has serious competition to contend with this season. Michael Grimm and Alice Tan Ridley are amazing, soulful singers, Fighting Gravity is one of the most unique acts ever on the show, and fellow opera singer Jackie Evancho, while probably not as good as Poppycock technically, has mass appeal because she is so shockingly good for her age. Any of these contestants could beat out Prince Poppycock.
In the end, Poppycock is a great showman and a quality singer of opera. But he is a step below in the singing department (at least from a "popular vote" perspective) compared to Michael Grimm and Alice Tan Ridley. Additionally, Fighting Gravity and Jackie Evancho have a bigger shock or uniqueness factor to their performances. Prince Poppycock is definitely in the mix and will likely advance to the finals. But once he hits the finals, the competition is simply too fierce at the top. He will make it to the final night of the fifth season of America's Got Talent but fall short of the championship.