Singing Soldier Timothy Michael Poe was cut from the recent episode of “America’s Got Talent”, NBC’s popular talent competition. Poe was effectively given the boot after performing a cover of country singer George Strait’s “The Chair”, which obviously didn’t settle too well with the judges. If you’re still waiting to watch this on DVR, you’ve already read too much.
“I don’t know that he holds up to other singers on this show at all,” Howie Mandel remarked.
If Poe’s name sounds vaguely familiar to you, it’s because probably the singer’s introduction on “America’s Got Talent” was caught in a web of national controversy. Poe, who served in Afghanistan in 2009, claims he was injured after a grenade attack, leaving him with numerous injuries and a speech impediment. However, the Minnesota National Guard records indicate that nothing of the sort ever too place. Curious, that.
To make matters worse, the accompanying photo used on the program wasn’t Poe at all. In reality, the man in the pic was Sgt. Norman Bone, who was understandably infuriated over the debacle. Carrie Morris, Poe’s finance, claims that the singing soldier submitted the wrong picture because he was rushed to do so by the show’s producers. When TMZ asked the contestent to submit records of his injuries, Poe never produced any relevant documents supporting his claim.
However, despite all of this questionable behavior, FreemantleMedia insists that Poe’s inconsistencies played no part in his elimination, as this portion of the program was filmed before the controversy surrounding his injuries started bubbling towards the surface.