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Hey Fenbi, and Bus Boy,
I don't mean to sound harsh on that act, but it just did not translate well do the show format. With 100 people shouting out route numbers it could have been too easy to just cite anything. The challenge and accomplishment was not so impressive as it ought to have been.
My beef is mainly that Portland has a HUGE number of TRULY talented people that could have used the show's stage to get a leg up. They were sorely under represented last night.
A few acts were VERY good! Most were, uh..., terrible, and not amusingly terrible, but gag-me terrible.
Don't you all have a better pool of talent to work with? Do you vet the contestants?
And what was with the "house band?" Did the woman sing, or just look nice, or what? Why did they not rehearse and perform the music for the acts that used recorded music?
The MC was cute and funny, FAR better than the so-called comic act who was HORRIBLE. Why did he not rehearse enough to not spend half his time reading his notes?
And what is with the judging? The bus route "prodigy" appeared to have simply memorized 3 routes for his act. He was marginally cute, but did clearly not warrant a prize over the beat-box act.
If I ever attend this show again it will be prepared with a large bag of rotten produce.
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