I’ve been sticking with “America’s Got Talent,” even though it slowly transformed from a variety show to just another version of “American Idol” — nine of the top 10 finishers are singers. I watched last night, and it was pretty easy for me to choose my favorites for the five finalists. So long, Sinatra impersonator and Elvis impersonator; I’ll watch you on TV, but pay to see you in Vegas? Don’t think so. Goodbye to the 4-year-old — what was she doing there in the first place? Catch you later, Osmond Family wannabes. Donald Braswell almost makes the cut for me. Nice voice, but still . . .
My final five: Jessica Price, who made me actually listen to Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel” again — I’d gotten so used to hearing it behind that cruelty-to-animals commercial that I stopped paying attention to it. Eli Mattson is a good singer and great keyboard player. Queen Emily and Neal E. Boyd have amazing voices.
But my favorite is Nuttin But Stringz. They have a unique act, and last night they did an original number that took me back to my rock-concert-attending days. It sounded like a cross between Led Zeppelin and an Irish folk number. Put those two in front of a hot band, and you’re looking at true superstars.