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Vegas kills Poe

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David Poe: Unfortunately, tomorrow came.

Tim Poe blazed his way into Vegas. Then he went out with a whimper, not a bang.

Tim Poe won America’s heart with his first America’s Got Talent audition. He stuttered severely, he showed a picture of himself in Afghanistan, he spoke about how he survived an Afghani grenade attack, he spoke about how he began singing as part of his recovery process, and then he sang “If Tomorrow Never Comes” by Garth Brooks. Sounded wonderful.

Well, turns out that Poe doesn’t really stutter, that the photo wasn’t really Poe, that the military has absolutely no record of Poe’s supposed grenade attack, and that Poe was in a band before joining the military.

Everybody was shocked. But why? Why haven’t we learned our lesson? Have shamed memoirists James Fray, Greg Mortenson, Misha Defonseca, and Herman Rosenblat taught us nothing? If a personal story sounds too perfect and too heart-wrenching to be true, it often is.

Anyway, all that came out after the AGT judges invited Poe to Vegas Week, where Poe was eliminated. Important to note: while Vegas Week aired last week, it was filmed before the truth of Poe’s story came out. In other words, he was eliminated because he didn’t sing well enough.

So let’s all agree to forget about this guy forever. The end.

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