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Author Topic: America's Got Talent Scott Weider  (Read 5577 times)
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« Reply #15 on: July 10, 2009, 08:45 PM »

We had an extended family gathering when the show aired. I don't watch it normally, but the "fans" in the family had it going and the Reve peaked my interest enough to watch the rest of the show.

It was fairly clear that episode of the show was about the judges and their exaggerated reactions - not about the contestants. Contestants were the straight men to the judges' punch lines. That ritual for each act became boring after about ten minutes. "X" the judges and show was my opinion - but a few more beers would have changed my view and opinion immensely.
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« Reply #16 on: July 11, 2009, 07:28 AM »

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« Reply #17 on: July 11, 2009, 05:39 PM »

Tough break on the show for sure but doubt not his ability.  Would he have won even with if he performed as well as he does in the video below, no, but he would have shown millions of viewers something they never knew was possible.

My hat's off to Scott for having the courage to simply step on that stage and I thank him for his attempts to share the sport with those who have never known more than a plastic SLK.

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« Reply #18 on: July 11, 2009, 06:20 PM »

Knowing his lines weren't right, perhaps Scotty should have withdrew from the competition, and waited for another audition at another time/place, instead of being pressured to perform when he knew the lines may cause trouble. There's no doubt Scotty could have wowed the crowd if his equipment wasn't faulty. Wink
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« Reply #19 on: July 12, 2009, 12:42 AM »

Yeah, not sure what to say about that.  But certainly, GWTW is the place to discuss this.

1st off, of course:  Great try.  Better than not trying.  But seriously, if you are planning to perform on TV, wouldn't you be ready at least a few minutes in advance? 

Let's say hypothetically they indeed moved him up from two hours from now...to NOW.  Shouldn't the lines have been ready YESTERDAY? 

But hey, that stage looked pathetically small, and even if he had flown well, there was no guarantee that they wouldn't have buzzed him anyway for hitting the lights or something. 

We all need to face the facts known already in ancient times:  Most folks ain't ready for us.  Grown-ups are not interested in being outdoors or playing with toys. 

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« Reply #20 on: July 12, 2009, 10:25 AM »

All the same. My hat goe's off to him. It takes some BIG balls to go on TV, let alone be criticized by those "judges" (I use this term very loosely). TV is all about the ratings, period. It's what keeps shows on TV. I have been and still am working in the production business as a lighting and set designer, I work on live events, TV and Film. I have almost seen it all. It's not bad being behind the scenes, but I would never want to be on stage. Bravo to Scott! There will be a next time, and I am sure he will blow our socks off Wink. As for his lines, he might not have been on set before the performance and it would be extremely hard to judge what length he needed to fly if he never had a chance to rehearse in the space.
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« Reply #21 on: July 12, 2009, 04:34 PM »

There will be a next time, and I am sure he will blow our socks off Wink
Scott blows my socks off every time he flies.  He's one of the people who inspired me to compete in sport kiting, and I consider him a mentor and friend.

But the fact still remains that in the context of a show like that, I don't think any kiteflier is destined for much success, regardless of how well the performance goes.
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« Reply #22 on: July 13, 2009, 04:35 AM »

There will be a next time, and I am sure he will blow our socks off Wink
Scott blows my socks off every time he flies.  He's one of the people who inspired me to compete in sport kiting, and I consider him a mentor and friend.

But the fact still remains that in the context of a show like that, I don't think any kiteflier is destined for much success, regardless of how well the performance goes.

That is because most TV show are directed at a person with a 6 year old mentality.
Before anybody starts with the "O YAs". I did say most. Just look at the whole TV guide to see if I am right!
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« Reply #23 on: July 13, 2009, 05:26 AM »

That is because most TV show are directed at a person with a 6 year old mentality.
I agree.
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« Reply #24 on: July 13, 2009, 06:05 AM »

There will be a next time, and I am sure he will blow our socks off Wink
Scott blows my socks off every time he flies. 
I wish Scotty would keep up flying dual lines.....it was amazing to see what he could get a big boxy Aerodrone Stripes to do so easily!!!!

on a side: he did just put on one heck of a festival in Newport this past weekend!!!!
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« Reply #25 on: July 13, 2009, 07:28 AM »

i'll go with conspiracy theory(fans got truned on or something), but he should have been ready for anything. He gets a pass.

I dont even remember what this thread is about.
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« Reply #26 on: July 16, 2009, 04:30 AM »

And what about the judges?? What do they know about talent? Does any one of them have any claim for talent? David Hasselhoff?? Sharon Osborne??

Now Scott Wieder has talent! (Even if quad flying ability isn't going to be recognized by everyone else.)
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« Reply #27 on: July 16, 2009, 01:55 PM »

no matter what happened im sure scotty will do it again .. hes got balls .. and can fly indoors really well
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« Reply #28 on: July 16, 2009, 04:33 PM »

It's been making my heart ache to see some of the negative things that are already written out there about him because of this. That is why I felt compelled to comment on the video and put a link to his finer work on my own Youtube page if anyone goes to look.

When faced with stuff like this, I think it's best to turn a negative into a positive. Perhaps if the kiting community continues to speak well of Scotty, someone will take notice. Grin Not to mention he's a great guy who deserves all the positive press he can get.
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« Reply #29 on: July 16, 2009, 04:40 PM »

It's been making my heart ache to see some of the negative things that are already written out there about him because of this. That is why I felt compelled to comment on the video and put a link to his finer work on my own Youtube page if anyone goes to look.
I did not get that impression from this thread... nor was is started to be negative. I know what a great flyer Scott is and I know people are going to mention seeing an indoor kite routine on the show. I wanted to be able to explain what happened... as I know Scott is such an exceptional flyer.

There is the question of why the line would come into play... I don't ever adjust mine and why would this not have been done well before the event... but I'm sure there is more to that story as well.

I think we've all acknowledged that indoor kite flying was never going to have the TV wow factor to win but that it's _always_ good when kite flying makes it into the view of such a large audience. I have no doubt that at least a few people are going to pick up a kite and fly it because of the show.
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