'America's Got Talent' fans slam Dustin Tavella, call him 'glorified storyteller'

'Not giving my votes to Dustin. Same sad story over and over again. And unimpressive act,' commented a fan

                            'America's Got Talent' fans slam Dustin Tavella, call him 'glorified storyteller'
'America's Got Talent' Season 16 finalist Dustin Tavella (NBC)

With a whopping $1million and a chance to headline a show at Luxor Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas at the prize for the winner of 'America's Got Talent' Season 16, the stakes are pretty high. Since the judges- Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, and Sofia Vergara have no say in picking the winner and the power lies in the hands of the audience, fans are being pretty vocal when it comes to expressing who they think should win the reality competition show and take home the prize.

Although all the ten finalists put on an impressive show for their final performance on the show, fans, however, don't seem to be impressed with one particular act- Magician Dustin Tavella's performance. This Virginia Beach resident once again tapped into incidents from his personal life as inspiration for his performance. Dustin won many hearts with his unforgettable performance during the auditions. Through a series of magic tricks, Dustin recounted the day his wife Kari and he adopted their son. The emotionally charged performance tugged at everybody's heartstrings and quickly made him a fan-favorite performer.


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But the charm eventually faded as Dustin kept trying to recreate his audition's performance by trying to make all his performances super emotional. During the finale, he narrated the story of how his parents separated when he was young and how they eventually found their way back to each other due to 'magic'. He then asked the audience to write what they hope to do to help someone on a piece of paper and throw that paper at the judges. He then called out the host Terry Crews to pick out a judge whose chit he wants to read. Terry chose Simon. 

Dustin picked the chit from Simon, but before opening it he brought out a balloon and handed a pin to Terry. He then proceeded to open the chit and read out the contents which listed a member of the audience's desire to share their clothes with someone who needs it. He then asked Terry to prick the balloon which revealed another chit inside it. Dustin asked Terry to read out what was written on that chit. Terry readout a similar message about giving clothes to someone who needs it.

Dustin then preached about the importance of giving and helping others with achieving their dreams. Although Dustin's performance was filled with an inspiring message, fans weren't impressed with it. A fan tweeted, "If y’all somehow allow Dustin to win while doing the bare minimum in magic I’m fighting all y’all. He’s no where near as talented as Shin Lim, his magic is basic and not interesting in the slightest. He’s a glorified story teller, is that really AGT worthy? #AGTFinals." Another fan echoed similar thoughts with, "Dustin Tavella wrote a generic give clothes away #AGTFinals he lost lots of points for missing the word COOL He can't win again #AGT #AmericasGotTalent heavy on the SOB low in the magic."




"Don’t get me wrong, I think everyone in the finals is AMAZING and deserves to be there. I just can’t get on board with Dustin’s style tho. He’s seems like an amazing dude, I wish him the best, and won’t be upset if he wins. But it’s a bit heavy handed for me. #agt #AGTFinals," wrote a fan. "Dustin Tavella is a BORE #AGT #agtfinals," declared a fan. Another fan added, "Not giving my votes to Dustin. Same sad story over and over again. And unimpressive act. #AGTFinals." "Dustin Tavella's act quickly got emotional -- and then hilarious -- and then inspirational -- but the "trick" itself was kind of -- weirdly blah? #AGT #AGTFinals," pointed out a fan.





The winner of 'America's Got Talent' Season 16 will be revealed on Wednesday, September 15, at 9/8c on NBC. 

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