When it comes to our friend Ulysses Long's performance last night on America's Got Talent, most of my friends and family are truly upset with the way that he was treated by NBC. No, they shouldn't lay out a red carpet for him to the finals, but I think a lot of what happened last night could be laid at the feet of the Producers of that show.
The Ulysses I know isn't a TV theme show singer. He has a repertoire of thousands of songs. And he uses instruments as melody, not as the primary focus of his performance. The music drowned out his voice and the dancers detracted from who Ulysses really is. The only mistakes I saw that had anything to do with Ulysses choices were the Hair thing and the suit. Sorry, but that suit was not Ulysses. If it were up to me, and I know it isn't, He'd have worn a flat black silk suit with a white shirt and black tie and he would have been singing a soft melody from Paul McCartney or something more uptempo from Stevie Wonder or Billy Preston.
Howie Mandel is the one that pushed this whole TV show theme from the beginning. He isn't a novelty act and that is what is being foisted on the public. Ulysses was great in that first show, because he was allowed to present himself without preconceived notions of who he is. Ulysses is a tender, compassionate, lovable person and he is a man who can think for himself and he doesn't need to be handled by a bunch of clowns and the producers last night did not present the Ulysses Long that we all know and love. They don't know him and we do. You saw the real Ulysses when they critiqued him at the end. He stood there and took it like a man.
This thing isn't necessarily over. There was voting and maybe he made it through, because he really wasn't all that bad and the viewers have a lot of input in that show. If it is over, Ulysses can come on home and we will show him the love he deserves, because as we have already said, we've got your back.
Ulysses can go to facebook and other sites and see all of the people who have expressed their support and he has that to fall back on the rest of his life. Ulysses is always a winner with us!!!