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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Russia's Got Talent?

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There's one thing that's mindnumbingly evident while watching NBC's new variety show "America's Got Talent." America, indeed, does not have talent. Although Leonid the Magnificent, the 6-foot-9-inch sword balancing winged Russian was the most captivating person on television tonight. (Is he even American?)

After judges Piers Morgan and David Hasselhoff dismissed Leonid after he dropped his sword, judge Brandy demanded the angelic drag queen be given a second chance. (Hey, drag queens gotta stick together.) So, clad in platform boots, glittery makeup and (naturally) rhinestones, Leonid the Magnificent delivered this speech:

"I was waiting for this moment all my life. Do you remember your first audition? Your first job? Have you been perfect all the time? Did you screw up everything and pray like, 'God, give me this chance, one more time. And maybe I'll do this right.' For 33 years, I was waiting to come on this stage and show who I am and what I can do. Yes, for you I'm Christmas tree, but for somebody else, I can be God."

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