Canadians look out for their own on 'America's Got Talent'

John Wing Jr. (Handout)

John Wing Jr. (Handout)

Jim Slotek, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:57 PM ET

AMERICA'S GOT CANADIAN TALENT:

Sketchy enough that the show has a Canadian judge, Howie Mandel. But if veteran comedian John Wing Jr. actually wins America's Got Talent, there might be an investigation.

I am, like most Canadian comedy fans, rooting for the 53-year-old, Sarnia-born Wing - who's had more exposure on TV over the years via Just For Laughs than all the other contestants put together. And I was thrilled to see him voted into the 20 semi-finalists Thursday.

I'm also willing to turn a blind eye to some of the geo-blocking voting counter-attacks of his net-savvy fans.

It says right there on the NBC webpage that "America's Got Talent voting is open to all persons located in the 50 United States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Internet voting will be open to people 13 years of age or older."

One of my Facebook friends declared she was performing her, "patriotic duty," Wednesday by illegally voting for Wing ten times via a fake IP address.

I think with a combination of John's talent and our Canadian online savvy, we just might win this thing!

And the Americans think their biggest cyber-threat is Iran.

LILO STOPS LAYING LOW:

Yeah, it'll give comedians plenty of monologue material once Lindsay Lohan guests on the HBO comedy Eastbound And Down.

But whether or not her career continues to head in that direction, we're thrilled to see our favourite HBO comedy (and favourite lowlife anti-hero) return for a fourth season after looking like it was done. Eastbound and Down returns Sept. 29.

Danny McBride's self-absorbed party-animal pitcher Kenny Powers was tailor-made for an encounter with the real-life Ms Lohan. Word is, however, that she'll be playing the adult-version of a daughter of one of the characters.

For the record, we also think there remains tremendous talent under that car crash that is Lohan's public life.

AMERICAN IDLE:

Does anybody have any idea why American Idol has fallen behind competitors like The Voice?

Could it possibly have anything to do with the epidemic of "nice" that's overtaken the show since Simon Cowell left? The only judge they're keeping for the next season is Keith Urban, who can't seem to begin a sentence without the words, "What I love about you is"¶"

Jennifer Lopez, who also can't utter a harsh word, is rumoured to be returning.

And this week came word that irascible super-producer Jimmy Iovine - the only harsh critic left on the show - is leaving his job as "mentor." His rumoured replacement: cuddly ex-judge Randy Jackson.

Everybody on AI next season will be just great. In fact, I bet it will be the best season ever!

jim.slotek@sunmedia.ca


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