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America's Goth Talent: VIDEO


Austin goth Andrew De Leon gave America's Got Talent its Susan Boyle moment this week.


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  1. Amazing!

    Posted by: Jack M | Jun 8, 2012 8:14:29 AM

  2. How sweet. Always nice to start a Friday on a high note.

    Posted by: ichabod | Jun 8, 2012 8:21:06 AM

  3. WOW! That guy has tremendous raw talent and what control!

    Posted by: Joey Y | Jun 8, 2012 8:25:44 AM

  4. I'm welling up now, that was astounding.

    Posted by: Sylvatica | Jun 8, 2012 8:42:31 AM

  5. I always find it hilarious when these so-called "goth" outsiders put in the retarded contacts, strap on a studded bracelet they bought at Hot Topic, and go on primetime TV to declare their love for Marilyn Manson. Manson is about as mainstream as you can get, albeit ten years past his prime.

    The real goth kids are listening to Deine Lekaine, Rosetta Stone, Switchblade Symphony, Cruxshadows, and a whole host of other underground bands. They'd feed on this poser for breakfast.

    It's a nice story... but it screams of being scripted. And he does have a lovely voice. I certainly don't believe for two seconds that he's never performed in front of anyone.


    Posted by: endo | Jun 8, 2012 8:49:16 AM

  6. Endo, if you'll notice, he didn't call himself goth. He hesitantly and with clear reservation accepted the label when asked if he was some kind of goth. I'm pretty sure that he might have offered a different description of himself if he felt he had more than two seconds to respond to the question.

    I actually do believe that it's possible that he has never performed in public before. In this day and age there will be someone with proof to the contrary if it exists. This kid is clearly a beaten down, bullied soul who is finding his voice, literally and figuratively, and is now finding the courage to share it with the world.

    So closely following Sharron Needles Drag Race win, I'm glad to see that more and more people are finding the courage and pride to let their freak flag fly!

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Jun 8, 2012 9:10:05 AM

  7. OK, I don't get it. Is this a recycle of Tiny Tim? Clearly I am wrong, as I have seen the video and the judges said he was great and all of you seem to agree he is great. I am trying to figure why I don't see it as everyone else does.

    Posted by: Monrob | Jun 8, 2012 9:13:48 AM

  8. I love how the judgmental stereotype was so in your face! And I love how he reminded me once again, never judge a book by its cover.

    Andrew De Leon is my hero for the day!

    As for ENDO above, if what you say is true, Andrew is also one hellofa actor. The emotion displayed on his face could be felt to the bone.

    Posted by: Fred | Jun 8, 2012 9:22:37 AM

  9. @Tampazeke: You do know they audition numerous times before they get in front of the judges?

    This is definitely not his first public performance.

    Posted by: endo | Jun 8, 2012 9:37:25 AM

  10. @ ENDO - Are you seriously going to get into the business of telling people you don't know who is 'real' or not? Phrases like 'real fan' are always indicators of someone pushing an agenda - and haven't gay folks had about enough of people pushing unfounded (usually religious) agendas?

    Posted by: Tarc | Jun 8, 2012 10:03:52 AM

  11. Ok, Tarc, you must be right. Reality TV is 100% real. Thanks for correcting me.

    Posted by: endo | Jun 8, 2012 10:10:22 AM

  12. cool, good for him, whatever.

    people don't naturally develop an "operatic" style like that without training. i smell something fishy.

    Posted by: Rob | Jun 8, 2012 10:12:01 AM

  13. Andrew has a really good natural counter tenor. A fantastic Opera career awaits if he's prepared to put the work in!
    Good luck to him.

    Posted by: Steve S | Jun 8, 2012 10:13:46 AM

  14. Endo - snark is always an effective comeback.

    Posted by: jhr459 | Jun 8, 2012 10:22:22 AM

  15. BTW, Tarc, how the hell did you get that this goth kid is gay?

    Posted by: endo | Jun 8, 2012 10:23:05 AM

  16. Monrob, the joke about Tiny Tim was that he was a freak who couldn't sing but made a career out of it. This dude can SING. Yes, I've heard "O mio babbino caro" sung better, but only by highly trained sopranos with years of practice on the stage.

    And to the cynics, if it's all an act, the kid can ACT too. I was moved. No doubt there was some artistic licence used in the staging and storytelling, but it's hard to deny the young man has issues. I just hope his 15 minutes don't chew him up and spit him out the worse for it.

    Posted by: Jacques | Jun 8, 2012 10:26:20 AM

  17. well it's a good thing i was hidden in my own cubicle here at work when i watched that! eyes welled up!

    Posted by: Joe | Jun 8, 2012 10:26:52 AM

  18. He almost sounds like a castrato....beautiful voice.....I DO think a lot of these shows are'spretty obvious...regardless, the kid has talent.

    Posted by: Barry | Jun 8, 2012 10:27:58 AM

  19. I'm sorry but, as an opera fan, that was hideous. Maybe there's some raw talent there, but to me it was just a bad drag queen performance. If this kid really wants to sing opera, he should take some voice lessons and learn some music that's composed for a man - not composed for a soprano (which he is not).
    A standing ovation from the judges? Yet another example of the western world's headline plunge to the worship of mediocrity.

    Posted by: John Freeman | Jun 8, 2012 10:40:07 AM

  20. Here's a fun blog post about De Leon. Don't judge this book by his cover!

    Posted by: DiatribesAndOvations | Jun 8, 2012 10:56:01 AM

  21. Uhm, I don't see much difference between Andrew's "Goth Look" and Howard Stern's Look. How do we know Howard isn't wearing white contact lenses?
    Contestants are interviewed by a panel and placed based on looks, persona, charm or unusual character, not specifically their talent. The judges do not hear or see all these folks before the taping.
    He seems like a sweet kid.

    Posted by: Stephen | Jun 8, 2012 11:00:00 AM

  22. A great video segment. There were two moments there - when he walked away and when he admitted to never before singing in front of anyone - that he was on the verge of tears but he held it together. Was it scripted? Who cares? You were mesmerized, the audience went wild (unless they too went through several prompting rehearsals - NOT). Am I an opera fan? Most assuredly not but I liked what he sang and it was completely unexpected.

    Sort of reminds me of Steisand's 'Sleepin' Bee' solo in her tiny kitchen with her back to her two roommates. Even tho' she always wanted to be an actress she knew she had this incredible voice and believed she also had a talent for controlling it. Its just that no one else did. She blew the roommates away. I love such 'aha' moments!

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Jun 8, 2012 11:05:46 AM

  23. Those who can't, usually post a snarky comment here... Clarification? YOU don't have that talent, so you have to knock them down a peg. Envy is not a good color on ANY of you...

    Posted by: pdxblueyes | Jun 8, 2012 11:06:47 AM

  24. ENDO is an ass, factor that in at the door as you begin to chore/bore yourself with him.

    Best to this kid, he made me cry.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jun 8, 2012 11:22:18 AM

  25. The comparisons to Tiny Tim are absurd. "Tiptoe Through the Tulips" and all the rest were pop songs from the 1920s, not opera.

    @ John Freeman,

    Obviously, men have publicly performed soprano parts in the history of opera, often to great acclaim. My advice would be the same for a listener 300 years ago, 30 years ago or today: Don't like it? Don't listen. But really, John Freeman, isn't that the guideline of the 21st century for literature, movies, marriage and just about anything else? Don't like it? Don't read it. Don't like it? Don't watch it. You're against same-sex marriage? Don't marry someone of the same sex. I can't help but notice that the shouts of "hideous" begin when something hits a high level of popularity.

    Posted by: Artie in Lauderdale | Jun 8, 2012 11:23:12 AM

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