Kevin Skinner and Arcadian Broad – America’s Got Talent – VIDEO

Here are a couple of notable performances from America’s Got Talent, including, one from the repeat of last Wednesday that aired before this week’s new episode.

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From this week, 35 year-old Kevin Skinner, comes across as your stereotypical dumb hillbilly. So of course he can’t have talent… But not so fast! Kevin manages a heartfelt rendition of Garth Brook’s “Tomorrow Never Comes” and OMG the judges are all “Go hillbilly go!!!”

ETA: Yes, the producers were going for a “Susan Boyle” moment, complete with the pre-performance eyerolls, and the judges attitudes transformed into admiration after Kevin sang. But good luck to Simon trying to capture lightening twice–the odds are pretty low on that one. And, while I could feel Kevin’s connection to the song, I was less impressed with his singing.

Last week’s clip features a real-life Billy Elliott by way of 13 year-old Arcadian Broad, who seems to fly across the stage when he dances. Arcadian has the misfit backstory–he was teased, bullied and miserable until dance brought joy into his life.

Pretty much your typical AGT backstories…

Videos after the JUMP…

Kevin Skinner:

Acadian Broad

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45 Comments

  1. Ok MJ, you got me. I cried. You happy? why o why do I fall for it everytime?! that billy elliot kid backstory was very touching and it hit home. Thanks for posting.

    Is the country boy supposed to be America’s Susan Boyle? Meh.

  2. Did the 14 year old girl sound like a more seasoned Megan Joy to anyone else?

  3. I can’t say I enjoyed either the the Chicago hillbilly or Arcadian Elliot. Both are less than mediocre.

  4. Wow, the editors of this show really know how to push the right buttons to hit the audience emotionally. I felt emotionally manipulated, but I still responded as I’m sure the show producers wanted me to.

    Meaning I loved who they wanted me to love :-)

  5. wow the kevin skinner reminded me of the susan boyle moment, the way the audience reacted before he sang, the look on pier’s face before, and finally the standing ovation. he sang really well but i doubt he’ll get the boyle momentum

  6. I caught a bit of this show over the past couple of weeks. (I find watching for too long to be painful.) I have been pleasantly surprised by Nick Cannon, who seems like a nice guy. I’ve always thought of him as a ‘hanger-on’, but perhaps I was too quick to judge!

  7. I would have never watched last night, but company wanted to watch. I enjoyed it to a point.
    The 14 year old was better than Carrie Underwood. And Skinner,
    I loved him once he started singing. I can’t believe he really talks with that accent. (I’m hillbilly and that was not a hillbilly accent.) But, then I remembered Mel Tillis, he couldn’t talk without stuttering but could sing without one stutter..Go figure.

  8. I did the whole “Oh crap, they’re trying to turn Kentucky Kev into our Susan Boyle, help me Rhonda” thing. Actually, the guy has a lovely Randy Travis-like tone to his singing voice, if you can get past the weed shirt and the hat and the omgstupidity. Thea, the 14 year old girl, was just much better and much more engaging. She’s probably cannon fodder.

    As for Arcadian, well, his problems probably stem from being named Arcadian and for that horrid costume. But, speaking as a former professional ballet dancer, the kid is talented. He has mad elevation on his jetes, his feet are wonderful (which is not all that common in male dancers in general), and dude – seven pirouettes? SEVEN? That’s some sweet balance and spotting. I think the most I got at that age was five or six rotations. He pulled those out easily – fell out of one of them a bit, but so? The choreography sucked, but I’ll give the kid a few more performances before I declare him mediocre, because he’s as good as the Tony winner Billys.

    As Mr. Imp said, “Oh look, honey, it’s a little baby dancing Glambert”. I dunno if I’d go that far, but he was miles better than that older, anorexic wackjob who couldn’t moonwalk.

  9. wow the kevin skinner reminded me of the susan boyle moment, the way the audience reacted before he sang, the look on pier’s face before, and finally the standing ovation. he sang really well but i doubt he’ll get the boyle momentum

    He may not, but he may get the votes of a lot of country fans. Many of these “hillbillies” go on to do pretty well, I must say; like one Billy Ray Cyrus, for example. Others from Kentucky that I know of is one Phil Stacey, even though he does not talk like that and has not lived all his life in Kentucky;
    fellow Christian artist, Steven Curtis Chapman, and the late Christian singer/songwriter Dottie Rambo.

  10. I love watching the MC, Nick Cannon, I’m always waiting to see what he’s gonna say, if I can understand him, hes so strange, in a good way. What happend to Jerry Springer?

    There are some good acts, and some that are WTF, you know how it goes. The 62 year old lady, sorry dont remember her name was good, I know I couldnt do all that bending, so good for her. I wonder if they will fix her up. And waiting to see how much they change Kevin Skinner. Still missing Eli Mattson from last year, everytime they play the AGT music I think of him and how nervous I was for him and wanted him to win. I guess not much became of him, I dont think he ever go signed, too bad he was such a talent.

  11. Caught the end of the show last night and cried during Kevin’s performance. Watched it back twice and teared up each time. I agree with the Randy Travis reference above. Kevin seems like the real deal. I adore country people with the innate dignity and talent, and loved how you could have heard a pin drop once he started singing. The guitar skills were great, too. Can’t wait to see him again. p.s. Having done chicken catching myself years ago, eight at one time is tough!!!

  12. My dream host for AGT would be Xzibit. Seriously. Just steal him from “Pimp My Ride” and have him do “America’s Got WHHHAATTT? Pimp My Reality TV Contestant” and it’d be gold.

    I daresay he could fix whatever ails little Arcadian with jeans, a t-shirt, some rippin’ dance sneakers with good vamps for pointe work, and a better choreographer. Fixing Kentucky Kev might be a little more interesting and would probably involve throwing out that hoodie thing and some hair product.

    I dunno how he’d fix the Mormon cloggers. Cheerleader smiles are hard to kill.

  13. I’ve started trying not to take notice of the backstories, and just watch the actual performances. I was bored with most of last night’s new episode. I wonder what the idea is of repeating half of the previous week’s show followed by a new segment?

    Kevin Skinner, though, is something else! Wonderful country voice! I used to adore traditional country music (Waylon, Merle, Kris, Randy and Garth) but recently country writers seem to have forgotten how to write a good song.
    Kevin sang one of the best of Garth’s – a real tear jerker. I thought he sang it equally well as Garth Brooks, and it seemed to me to be a straight copy. I’ve listened to that song more times than I care to remember! I hope he can (as they say on Idol) “make a song his own”, as well, that’s my only doubt about him.

  14. I liked the illusionist, Drew Thomas. I was rooting for him. I wanted so badly for him to catch a break…and he finally did. He, his wife and son seem so sweet and his act was spot on.

    The young dance duo of Rickie and Erik were cute too.

  15. And Skinner,
    I loved him once he started singing. I can’t believe he really talks with that accent. (I’m hillbilly and that was not a hillbilly accent.)

    I have people in the area he is from and they sound exactly like that- especially the elders that remained in the hills their entire lives. They lose it a while if they go way to school but the minute they get back it returns full force.

    I always find it amusing when an audience equates an accent and poor grammar to unintelligence and/or stupidity. We are all accidents of geography in that regard and hillbillies (or more correctly mountain people IMO) produce the same ratio of smart and stupid children as people in Manhattan or Bombay or Mogadishu. [/unnecessary soapbox most certainly not directed at anyone here. I just hate to see “hillbillies” laughed at.]

  16. Kevin Skinner gets the Eli Mattson moment of the year. Something real that comes from the heart. You don’t see that too often.

    And I agree with the person up above — send the kid home.

  17. Yeah I got a little pissy last night watching the judges reactions to Kevin Skinner when they first saw him. How would they like it if someone made fun of their accent? Of course I’m biased my mom’s side is from Kentucky :) Some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet are from the south. They would do anything for you. If my car broke down I’d prefer it to be in Kentucky than New York. Plus there are a lot of intelligent people from the south, they may not shove it in your face though. ;)

  18. Blah…there is something I just really, really hate about this show, haha. The country guy was good I guess, seems like they are hyping him to be the next Susan Boyle or something, and he isn’t.

  19. I know we’re being manipulated, but damn that Kevin Skinner is endearing.

    Nick Cannon had me at Drumline. I love that kid. He’s adorable with a great sense of humor.

    I’m with impqueen on Arcadian. Yeah, that name is stupid. But boy’s got skills. I too was impressed with his feet, his elevation and good golly those pirouettes. It’s just that everything in between was a mess. He needs to clean up his choreography, work on his rhythm and sharpen his moves if he wants to continue doing upbeat routines. I can see the ballet training and he’s got a great grasp of those skills. It’s the other stuff that seems to be a bit messy.

    I’m always impressed that Hasselhoff, year after year, can continue to be the cheesiest man in America. Who can sustain that kind of Velveeta? Dude’s got stamina, that I’ll give him.

  20. I’m shocked to find that The Hoff is the least annoying of the judges on this show.

  21. I can’t decide if its a nice touch by the America’s Got Talent people to play Elton John’s “Electricity” (from Billy Elliot: the Musical), or if its kind of lame. Somewhat obscure song, so its not bashing people over the head with it…. but if you know the song, its really corny.

  22. I’m with you on this one, MJ. After looking at the tape I saw a sweet, backwoodsy guy with a pleasant voice and great sincerity. I didn’t see (at least from this clip) a major musical discovery.

    What always worries me is that someone like this or Boyle gets to be the flavor of the minute, then when they’re thrown off the bus it’s extremely difficult and confusing for them.

    And the poor guy is unemployed, obviously broke…..I’m just going to cross my fingers for him, that he’s got enough talent to create an actual career and not just an “awwwwww” moment on a cheesy TV show…..

  23. I’m with impqueen on Arcadian. Yeah, that name is stupid.

    It’s a stupid name for a boy child who is prone to being bullied.
    When he is a gorgeous 26 year old model it will be a Fabulous name!
    (not saying he will be that stunning but name appropriateness changes with age- they should call him Arcy or Cady or something)

    And Eli Mattson was robbed.

    Agree 100%.

  24. I always find it amusing when an audience equates an accent and poor grammar to unintelligence and/or stupidity. We are all accidents of geography in that regard and hillbillies (or more correctly mountain people IMO) produce the same ratio of smart and stupid children as people in Manhattan or Bombay or Mogadishu. [/unnecessary soapbox most certainly not directed at anyone here. I just hate to see ‘hillbillies’  laughed at.]

    I agree. I love Southern accents. My husband’s grandmother was from Alabama, and he has relatives still living in Tennessee. Even here in parts of Central Florida you will find it because many moved from Georgia and elsewhere to our area. I am partial to Kentucky, too, because of Phil Stacey, accent or not,

  25. Wow Kevin was so good, I like the tone of his voice, beautiful! and yeah, he made me cry, I hope he does well in the competition.

  26. not saying he will be that stunning but name appropriateness changes with age-

    LOL – yeah, I don’t see any Calvin Klein underwear ads in that kid’s future.

    And Eli Mattson was robbed

    I have no idea who this Eli person is??

  27. I have no idea who this Eli person is??

    He came in second last year. Great talent IMO.

    Check out the two songs I posted above. Here’s his first performance on AGT.

    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5zgak_walking-in-memphis_music

    Here’s another great performance from the show.
    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6ndd7_eli-mattson_music

    I’ve been following him, but all he’s done is sing at local clubs and stuff back in Wisconsin. He goes back and forth to LA, but nothing has come out of it so far. He’s not signed. The guy who won, Neil E. Boyd, is an opera singer. Great voice, but Eli should have won and should be recording an album. He is a pretty good songwriter too.

    You can tell I’m a fan.

  28. I loved the Kentucky guy, he was awesome, real country is hard to find today as the country music scene has become too slick. His delivery reminded me a lot of my only country singer hero, Willie Nelson. Willie is not the most spectacular singer in the whole wide world, but his phrasing and the way he makes you (me) listen to every single word and connect with the song is what makes him great. IMO Kevin has the same thing going on…

    Good luck to Kevin, but not Susan Boyle type soap opera stuff, something smaller and more sustainable will do :exclaim_ee:

  29. Yes auntie, he does have a little Elton in him. Lord knows we could use a voice like his in today’s crappy music scene. Sigh.

  30. AH okay, thanks mandalay. I didn’t really watch last year, but I do remember that Neil was Paul Potts 2.0. Eli just should have cried more, that might have pushed him to the top LOL. He is quite good though. I’d sure rather listen to eli sing and play the piano much more than Scott freaking Macintyre.

  31. I have people in the area he is from and they sound exactly like that- especially the elders that remained in the hills their entire lives. They lose it a while if they go way to school but the minute they get back it returns full force.

    I live 30 miles from where Kevin is from and I can assure you.. there are no “hill” or mountains in this end of the state. One again, people are quick to judge. You can be country without being a “hillbilly”. He is very talented and I hope he does show people that you cant judge a book by its cover.

  32. Amen Spenser, Amen. . Yep, Eli should have cried more – that’s the ticket.

  33. Re: hillbillies and kids with goofy names :)

    When I posted above about “omgstupidity” it had nothing to do with Kentucky Kev’s accent, or even with his demeanor. Really, it had more to do with his 420 head shop hoodie and the fact that he didn’t appear to have any sort of higher education. If I was offensive, I retract the word. Substitute whatever sounds good to you – no harm, no foul. (or.. um.. fowl.)

    I’m from the Ozarks, so I know from hillbillies. Kevin’s not one. He’s a good ole country boy with a great voice, and I think he’ll do well. I just kinda hate seeing the Susan Boyle setup so early. How gullible do we look, SyCo?

    SpenserJ, we are of like mind on Arcadian. I suspect his mother is his choreographer, and thought it would be Oh So Awesome to have him dance to Elton John and bust out the Billy Elliott moves. That was a bad idea. I want to see what he does next. This may not be his year, but if he’s not at School of American Ballet already, he really should be.

  34. Dear God, one day I guess I will figure out why Kentuckians are so hell bent on making the residents of our state look like complete and utter uneducated yokels. Between this dude and the couple that was on the Amazing Race a couple years back’ ¦*sigh*’ ¦ got to love a good stereotype.

    He is not from the Appalachian side of Kentucky but from the western end of the state, like me. We are not considered to be quite as much inbred hillbillies as the eastern part of the state, but, yes ‘“ that really is how many of us sound. It is funny, if you leave you do lose the worst of the accent for a while, but the minute you cross the state lines again that accent comes back with a vengeance. However we are NOT mountain people on this end of the state, while there are some hills, for the most part its flat land. Oh well, at least they didn’t think he was threatening them when he was just being polite, as happened on another show I could name.

    Kid with the odd name has mad skills, could use some more training and lessons on choreography, but the raw talent is there.

  35. I hate country music. Hate it. I am so over the sob stories too- I cried when Paul Potts sang but Susan Boyle did nothing for me and this year on AI the backstories turned me off. If you want to see a good parody of all these shows check out Britain’s Got The Pop Factor on youtube. Funny as hell!

    Anyway, I was rolling my eyes when that Skinner guy walked on stage, and thought maybe it was a joke with the chicken catching story, but I shut my mouth along with everyone in that audience as soon as he started singing. I thought his voice was beautiful.

    And yes, Eli was robbed. Loved that kid and Cas Haley the year before him, but Terry Fator is making mega bucks in Vegas so I guess he deserved to win.

  36. And yes, Eli was robbed. Loved that kid and Cas Haley the year before him, but Terry Fator is making mega bucks in Vegas so I guess he deserved to win.

    I loved both of them. I did see Eli on some show, or read about him being on one, I forget now which one. Cas Haley was in Sarasota, FL at a country music event called the Wing Ding in April ’08 where Phil Stacey was at as well. Clint Black was the headliner, I believe. I wish I could see of hear more of them. So far I’m rooting for Skinner and the Voices of Glory.

  37. He is not from the Appalachian side of Kentucky but from the western end of the state, like me. We are not considered to be quite as much inbred hillbillies as the eastern part of the state, but, yes ‘“ that really is how many of us sound.

    Major embarrassment- I heard him say Pikeville, not Maysville.
    I am so ashamed :surrender_tb:

    But my sentiment stands :thumbup_tb:

  38. O gawd OldHag I had forgotten about the “threat” lol.. what a bunch of idiots.

  39. taran33

    O gawd OldHag I had forgotten about the ‘threat’  lol.. what a bunch of idiots.

    Was that on Idol? It kinda rings a bell but I can’t remember what exactly
    happened :question_ee:

  40. I’m more than a little freaked out by how much Mr. Skinner looks like a young Chris Cooper, but that was really nice. Good job, y’all!

    ETA: I’m an Eli fan also, and I’ve been watching him ever since last year. I’m in northern IL, and hope to see him some day. The latest I heard is that he’s decided to do his own thing rather than signing with a label.

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