#4: Ronith (Season 5)
Entertainment is a very difficult field of work, largely in part because, no matter what your talent may be, there will always be someone in the audience that thinks they can do it too. For every one person with true talent and an understanding of the craft, there are a thousand more people out there with no talent, no inspiration, no common sense, and no hope to be dissuaded from believing otherwise.
Ronith is one of the latter.
Ronith called himself an impersonator, but it would be more accurate to say that he just put on costumes and recited catch phrases.
Most of the time.
Ronith reached his absolute lowest point when he “impersonated” Jim Carrey during the live shows. Think of all the catch phrases Jim Carrey has had over the years.
“Somebody stop me!”
“Let me show you something!”
“In case I don’t see you, hello, good evening, and goodnight.”
You get the idea. Jim Carrey is a catch phrase hoarder. But what did Ronith say instead?
“Hey, hey! I’m the cable guy!”
He referenced The Cable Guy, the Jim Carrey movie that even Jim Carrey doesn’t remember.
Ronith is the first AGT contestant on this list who pushes other thoroughly rotten performers further down the list by screwing up in areas that should have come standard. Mauricio Herrera, David Johnson and Indiggo may have all been horrible singers, but they at least remembered their lyrics.
Ronith’s terribleness extended beyond just being an awful impersonator. He couldn’t even identify a memorable catch phrase half the time.
Something else Ronith didn’t know how to do was rehearse.
In Las Vegas, Ronith abandoned impersonations and did a “skit” called ‘Angry Man Getting Up In The Morning,’ which basically consisted of nothing but him yelling and flopping around over the stage until the judges made him stop because his time limit had expired. It wasn’t a skit — it was completely improvised, and it ended the way it did because Ronith had never given any consideration as to how it was supposed to end.
Ronith’s inclusion in the Top 48 of Season 5 single-handedly killed Howie Mandel’s chances of being taken seriously as a judge, or even liked as a human being anymore. Piers Morgan buzzed him, Sharon Osbourne buzzed him, the entire audience booed him, and Howie Mandel, with a vicious scowl, gave Ronith a standing ovation.
“Piers doesn’t get it,” insisted Mandel. “Bad is good, right? Right? Right?”
Ronith didn’t get it either. All that time, he’d genuinely believed he was good.
Even more sadly, the only time Mandel expressed disappointment with Ronith was the one time he actually did something right. Ronith’s switch in Vegas from bad impersonator to bad sketch comic was in response to Piers Morgan’s criticism of his impressions.
So to his credit, he did actually try to improve. And that little smidgen of awareness on Ronith’s part is all it took to keep him from ranking any higher on this list.