America’s Got Talent 12 Semifinal Predictions – Which 10 Acts Will Make The Finals?

America’s Got Talent is about to have two weeks of semifinals and then presumably one 10-act finals round. I say this because they sometimes suddenly have another week with about 5 or 6 contestants. So for this article, I am going to predict which 10 will make it past the semifinals, which start on September 5 and 6, 2017. The second week of the AGT 12 semifinals round is September 12 and 13.

I will be using the list of semifinal acts that has been published by Wikipedia. The lists for each week may not be 100% correct, and the lineups are subject to change. So this could affect my predictions. But this is all I can do for now. Word has it that 5 from each of the 2 rounds advance.

Week 1 Predictions

I believe that Darci Lynne Farmer and Chase Goehring are almost certain to make it. Beyond that, two guys that seem to have developed as strong favorites to make the finals are Johnny Manuel and Preacher Lawson. These are the 4 acts that I feel pretty strongly will advance in the first week of the semifinals. That leaves one more spot, and I don’t have particularly strong feelings about this last spot.

Of the remaining acts, the ones that did best in voting in the quarterfinals were Billy and Emily England, Mike Yung, and Sara & Hero. I say this because these three acts did not need to be saved by the Twitter Dunkin’ Save vote or the judges.

The acts that did need to be saved were DaNell Daymon & Greater Works, Evie Clair, Eric Jones, and Yoli Mayor.

It is certainly possible for an act to have to be saved but then easily sail through in the semifinals. So while it may be tempting to pick Billy and Emily, Mike, or Sara & Hero, it is not out of the question that the others could have a better round and make it. I’ll probably be in much better position to make this fifth pick after seeing the performances. But I will pick Eric Jones this time. He is due for a better trick and can hopefully pull one off.

Week 2 Predictions

Let me state that I do not know the wildcard yet that is reportedly supposed to compete in Week 2. It’s just about impossible to predict who it will be. But whoever it is, I am going to leave this act out. But it could mess up my predictions if this person or group does really well in the semifinals.

I feel that the Week 2 crowd is much weaker than the first week. Some of the acts in the first week should have been put in this round to even out the overall talent. Most of the acts with a good chance of winning are in Week 1, and I frankly think that only Angelica has a decent chance of winning among the Week 2 semifinal contestants.

I predict Angelica will advance, along with Mandy Harvey. This leaves 3 more acts, and it’s hard at this point because it’s not clear how well these acts will perform. A group like Diavolo must present something really unique, and it’s hard to know what’s going to happen. Before seeing the live performances, though, I am going to go ahead and predict that Diavolo will do something solid and advance.

This leaves two more acts to pick for the finals from Week 2. It gets harder at this point. Celine has not been very good in my opinion, but the voters seem to like her. Kechi, Light Balance, and Merrick also advanced without needing to be saved. Actually, In the Stairwell also did not have to be saved, and neither did Kechi. However, Christian Guardino and Colin Cloud had to be saved and were saved by the Twitter Dunkin’ Save vote.

I am going to predict that Merrick Hanna advances. Hopefully, he will have something unique and do at least a couple of new moves for his dance routine. Although his act has limitations, he is very good at what he does. And he showed artistry in the quarterfinals and will probably come up with another good story to tell with his dancing.

So that is Angelica, Mandy, Diavolo, and Merrick. This leaves one more. Now, it’s even harder to do this before seeming them all perform. But based on previous voting plus a prediction of who will seem the freshest, I think I am going to pick Light Balance. This leaves out Kechi, In The Stairwell, Colin, Christian, and Celine. But I would not be surprised if I am wrong here a couple of times. I am pretty good at predictions but far from perfect.

List of Week 1 Semifinal Predictions
Darci Lynne Farmer, Chase Goehring, Johnny Manuel, Preacher Lawson, and Eric Jones

List of Week 2 Semifinal Predictions

Angelica Hale, Mandy Harvey, Diavolo, Merrick Hanna, and Light Balance

America’s Got Talent Quarterfinals Predictions For August 29-30, 2017

These are my predictions for who will advance to the America’s Got Talent semifinals from this 3rd and final set of quarterfinalists. The predictions were made after the live performance show on August 29, 2017. The results show is on August 30, 2017.

Colin Cloud – definitely

Colin’s act was full of mentalism tricks. I’m not sure how he did all of them. It was an imporessive performance. At least one of the tricks looked ridiculously impossible. I don’t see how any human being could guess that a random person in the audience was going to figure out that a person was going to think about a time that a dog bit her on the butt. While I am not making any accusations here, that certainly appears to have either been staged unless the girl mentioned what she was thinking, and someone in the audience was able to hear it and get that message to Cloud. I did notice this time that he never showed whether he was wearing an ear piece, for example. That is one way he could have received the message.

On the other hand, it doesn’t seem like the girl on stage mentioned what was in her head about having Justin Bieber CDs stolen from her by Simon. And how Colin would have been able to get the plaque behind Simon Cowell (who was sitting on a bench) saying exactly what the girl thought is also a mystery to me. The knife trick probably was just a switcheroo type of thing. All in all, though, as a non-magician who understands some but far from all tricks, this was very impressive except for the knife trick, which seemed pretty standard. I predict that Colin will easily advance to the semifinals.

Kechi – probably

Kechi’s performance was the last of the night, which is usually good for voting. Although it was not really one of my favorite performances, it was better than many singers on AGT who advance to the semifinals. I know people complain about backstories, and Kechi’s is that she was the sole survivor in a plane crash. I predict that Kechi will probably at least make the top 7 and take one of the semifinal spots. It was a steady, emotional performance. The dynamics are probably not there for a finalist spot. But she has probably done enough to make it through this round.

Sara Carson And Hero And Loki – probably

Last week’s dog act didn’t make it through for some reason despite actually being very good. If that act didn’t make it, I am not sure why this one should. Is the dog good? Sure, the dog definitely has some decent training, and that should be commended. And Sara also added another dog named Loki, which she said is a puppy. But it was not a tiny puppy. I have never understood the pacing of this act. The dog is too fast, and it all looks messy to me. Simon at least acts like he loves this dog act. He even gave it a standing ovation. I am not excited about this act because I have seen better animal acts. But the judges’ comments may really help her. It seems that Sara is likely to knock off one of the singers here.

Chase Goehring – almost definitely

He will almost definitely advance after performing another original song about a past girlfriend that broke up with him to date a friend. The name is called “Illusion,” and it was up to 798 on the main iTunes chart shortly after the show. And this is without AGT actively promoting his song as far as I know. Mandy Harvey’s song also got to the top 200 or so last week. As long as a contestant has good original songs, that’s a big advantage. And Chase has a similar style each time, which is good for branding, and has a way of writing songs in a catchy way. My prediction is that he will have no problem advancing this week.

Diavolo – probably

This is the dancing act that uses large stage sets and dances around on them. This time, they used what looks like a wheel with spokes. It started out really bland, with people basically just climbing through the spokes. While I think what they showed is an ability to create a show, it doesn’t seem like they were doing something impressive as far as dancing. It seemed like mid-level stunt work instead of dancing. This kind of thing doesn’t seem to have gotten many votes in the past. While the performance probably improves their chances of getting their own show in Vegas or somewhere, I was thinking as watching it that I can’t predict that this is going to get a lot of votes. Frankly, I would have buzzed it early if I had been there. But it did get better as they started spinning the wheel faster and jumping off of it. Some of those drops (the others were catching them) were dangerous to some degree. So by the end of the act, I was a lot more impressed than in the first 30 to 45 seconds. By the end of it, I could see how they act might get enough votes to advance. It’s a little hard to predict how voters will react to such an unusual act, but I rate them as having a decent and probably better-than-average chance of advancing. Of course, they will have to knock off a singer or two to do that. But the judges’ comments were glowing, and this will likely push them to the semifinals.

Angelina Green (probably) and Mike Yung (possibly, but not highly likely)

About the surest thing you can use when making predictions on America’s Got Talent is to look at who got the Golden Buzzer. And Angelina got Heidi’s Golden Buzzer in the initial audition rounds. Unless an act implodes badly, that Golden Buzzer usually sends him or her to at least the second live round. So even before seeing her perform, it was likely that Angelina was going to advance just from a general odds perspective. Her performance was not stellar but was pretty solid throughout. She has some beautiful notes and a fair amount of dynamics. This is one of the easier predictions tonight. She will likely advance to the semifinals. However, tonight is really tough in terms of predicting because a lot of favorites (either talent wise or sentimentality wise) got put here for some reason.

Will America pick all singers? Probably not, so some of these singers have to fall down even though they all sang pretty well. Mike Yung is one of those singers that could easily make it on his backstory as a subway singer and for having a pretty good performance. Simon said he hopes America votes for him, which suggests that Simon is not so sure. Howie said he was the best singer of the night so far. However, he didn’t really seem super excited. Mel B had lukewarm comments. Mike is on the bubble for me. I will have to think about it. But since some singer has to go down here, I guess I have to predict that Mike will be the one. Predictions are hard this week. I wouldn’t even be shocked if Angelina did not make it and Mike did.

Oskar and Gaspar (possibly but not likely)

This act uses some kind of visual technology to make it look like an invisible hand is drawing on the people. Although this is certainly a kind of talent, it kind of irks me when almost an entire performance is based only on technology. This is a talent that is relevant to the entertainment business, such as in making movies and TV shows. But it doesn’t seem like the kind of performance art that does well on America’s Got Talent. And it’s likely that a lot of people have this kind of graphic arts training, but that it just hasn’t been presented as a stand-alone kind of act on a big stage. They are basically just standing there the whole time while someone offstage works the light magic. It’s so visually cool that some people are likely to throw some votes their way. But they would have to knock off a couple of early favorites to do this. That is an uphill battle. I would put this act in the “possibly but not likely” category when it comes to predictions.

Oscar Hernandez (unlikely to advance)

Even before watching the performance, I predict that Hernandez will not make it. He is what the reality TV competition world refers to as “cannon fodder.” The only thing Oscar has is that it’s somewhat surprising that he can dance as well as he can for being such a huge guy. But even that is overcome by the fact that the skill level of his routines is very low. This is a joke act to anyone who watches the other dancing acts. It’s so obvious that he’s just doing standard cheerleading routines. And after watching this live performance, my opinion did not change one bit. It was another standard cheerleading routine. If this makes it, I will be shocked, but only mildly since nothing on AGT shocks me anymore.

Junior & Emily (unlikely to advance)

Before watching this performance, I put this salsa duo (they are also brother and sister) in the “probably will not advance” prediction category. They basically do one major thing every routine – having the girl spin really fast. That is more like an exhibition of one decent trick than a unique dance routine.

They seriously did an airplane spin in this performance. What is this? Professional wrestling? This act does not deserve to advance with that kind of choreography. Then, a good part of the act (not most of it, though) consisted of boring arm movements. And of course, the spinning moves were on display again. Although I would not give them zero chance of advancing, my prediction is that their odds of making it to the semifinals are very low.

DaNell Daymon & Greater Works (will probably advance)

I am not a huge fan of choirs because so many of them sound the same. It seems that a choir needs a really good lead singer. Then, you at least have the opportunity to judge that lead singer. It obviously adds to what is usually an otherwise non-unique choir sound. I am not saying that no choir at all can be unique. But this one is not special without the lead singer. So she must bring it home.

Unfortunately, like these acts seem to do again and again, they switched out the lead singer this round (for the first part of the song) for someone who is not nearly as good as the lady who sang lead in the earlier rounds. That was a big mistake. The group sang the Grease song, “You’re The One That I Want.” This was fun but did not have the vocal impact of the previous rounds. Whoever made this strategic decision to change out the lead singer may have doomed this group to elimination. Nonetheless, I am predicting here, not ranking the acts for myself. And I believe that, based upon judges’ comments and the like, they have been set up as a favorite to advance out of this round. So while it’s not a total lock, DaNell Daymon & Greater Works will probably advance. Since I am predicting, there is a good chance they will take Mike Yung’s spot. I would pick Mike over them, but it seems this group is poised to advance.

Note that the lady who led before did come out and sing the second part of the song. Unfortunately, the song choice turned out not to be right for her. They changed the song up so she could take it to church. But the impact was not what it could have been with a different song. And you don’t want to save your bread and butter for the last half of a song, anyway.

Final Draft (not likely to advance)

It is strange that I initially thought this boy band was so good. Their first performance seemed excellent to me. But they have just gone downhill since then. Final Draft didn’t even get picked in the judge cuts, but they are back here as a wildcard. And tonight was not that good. The guy who started out singing the song has a really thin voice, so the performance got off to a bad start. There are a couple of soul singers in this quartet, but this song did not allow them to shine. This group has unfortunately fizzled in my eyes. They are not likely to advance.

7 acts from these 12 will be advancing to the semifinals. This week seems like the hardest to predict, and those predictions don’t seem to be much easier after watching the performances. Based on what I have written above, my predictions for the 7 advancing acts are as follows:

1. 3 acts that will almost certainly advance (no particular order here)

a. Colin Cloud
b. Chase Goehring
c. DaNell Daymon & Greater Works

2. 4 more acts likely to advance but with less confidence

d. Angelina Green
e. Kechi
f. Diavolo
g. Sara & Hero & Loki (dog act)

3. acts that have a decent chance but not likely to make it

h. Oskar & Gaspar
i. Mike Yung

4. acts that have a low chance of advancing

j. Oscar Hernandez
k. Final Draft
l. Junior and Emily

YouTube Video: America’s Got Talent 8 – Top 6 Finals – Opera Trio, Forte’s “Caruso” (September 17, 2013)

Act: Forte

Genre: This is the opera trio that is made up of 3 guys. One is Puerto Rican, one is Sri Lankan, and the other I believe is Italian.

Live Blogging Notes:

This was the last performance of the finals, giving Forte the best chance possible of winning as far as performance order. In my opinion, this was their best vocal by far. The annoying part is it was all in Italian I think, and I don’t know the name of the song. I finally found out it is called “Caruso,” a Lucio Dalla song.

America’s Got Talent 8 has reached its final week. There are 6 contestants left, and it’s all up to voters now to decide who wins one million dollars. The final performance episode is on Tuesday, September 17, 2013. Then, the grand finale results show is on September 18, 2013. That is when the new million-dollar winner will be revealed.

I will link to the official YouTube video for Forte’s Top 6 finals performance of “Caruso” as soon as it has been uploaded onto AGT’s official channel.

Judges’ Comments On Forte’s Performance:

Heidi says she loves this song, and they did it justice. Mel B said it was breathtaking and gorgeous. They seem like they have been together forever. Howie says it was a great performance. Howard just doesn’t like opera. But Forte is so good. He said they harmonize perfectly. They are terrific.

Forte Predictions Before The Show Airs:

I have ranked Forte #2 heading into this Top 6 final week. Opera does very well in voting on America’s Got Talent in general. And although no opera group has made the top 3 (solo singers have done better), Forte has essentially taken out Jonathan Allen and Branden James, who were both solo opera singers in Season 8. So here they are in the finals. I do think Forte has a better chance of winning than the Texas Tenors. They are much better than those guys were and simply seem more genuine. On the other hand, you have to consider that a solo act almost always wins America’s Got Talent. Weighing everything up, I won’t be surprised if Forte wins. But I have ranked them 2nd before seeing the live finale performances.

Predictions And Rankings For The Top 6 Finale:

As long as people are willing to vote in large numbers for a foreigner (Japanese guy) like Kenichi, then I think he will win. But certainly some percentage may feel that at least some of the million is going overseas and would prefer that the money stay here. That is not the way I think. But I know some Americans might not vote for Ebina for that reason. I’d like to think that is a small percentage, though. So before the show airs, I am still ranking Kenichi #1.

Forte has been consistent and probably deserves a #2 ranking. It starts to get more difficult here, though, because the other acts have been a bit inconsistent. I am only ranking Collins Key #3 because he seems to get the votes no matter what he does. His status as a favorite seems to have been locked up from the very beginning. Howard is right that his pacing is an issue.

At this point, I wouldn’t even be shocked if Jimmy Rose wins. He is the least deserving of being here. I only rank him 4th because he fits the demographic. In fact, he fits it so well that he could pull an upset win.

I have never considered Cami Bradley a favorite. She has been pretty consistent, but I consider it consistent above average, not consistently great. So I ranked her 5th before the finals air.

Taylor has been my second favorite. He has been just a little inconsistent. It is a little surprising that he ended up making the top 6. I think it’s going to be very difficult for a comedian to compete in this top 6. You can laugh and laugh. But will it be as impressive or moving as Kenichi? I doubt it.

1. Kenichi Ebina
2. Forte
3. Collins Key
4. Jimmy Rose
5. Cami Bradley
6. Taylor Williamson

YouTube Video: America’s Got Talent 8 – Top 6 Finals – Dancer Kenichi Ebina (September 17, 2013)

Act: Kenichi Ebina

Genre: Kenichi is the Japanese dancer who creates original performances by interacting with characters on a screen. He also does some magic and did a flying illusion in the top 12.

Live Blogging Notes:

This is Kenichi’s 2nd and final performance of the finals. This is the 11th out of 12 performances on this episode.

He danced in sync to characters on the screen. While the story was not super compelling, the timing was fantastic. This was not his best performance. But it was another great one. I think he may have opened the door for Forte to win, though.

America’s Got Talent 8 has reached its final week. There are 6 contestants left, and it’s all up to voters now to decide who wins one million dollars. The final performance episode is on Tuesday, September 17, 2013. Then, the grand finale results show is on September 18, 2013. That is when the new million-dollar winner will be revealed.

I will link to the official YouTube video for Kenichi Ebina’s Top 6 finals performance as soon as it has been uploaded onto AGT’s official channel.

Judges’ Comments On Kenichi’s Performance:

Mel B said she thought that performance was a bit off. It didn’t blow her away. She was the only judge not to give a standing ovation. Heidi says he has done so many things. And she would vote for him if she was at home. Howard says this is mesmerizing. He deserves to win. Howie agrees with Howard and begs the voters to vote for Kenichi.

Kenichi Ebina Predictions Before The Show Airs:

In short, I am ranking this contestant #1 before the show airs. It’s clear that Howie has him pegged as the favorite to win. Howard possibly has him as the favorite, but it’s not quite as clear. Mel B and Heidi have not clearly stated a favorite among these 6 final acts.

If we are going on talent, Kenichi gets a check. If we are going on overall entertainment value and uniqueness, he gets checkmarks. On the traditional factors for success cited on these shows, you have to rank him at the top. There is some question that he may lose votes because he is a foreigner with a family in Japan. If he loses out, it might be because of that. Either way, this guy is getting his own show somewhere. He’s simply too unique and talented not to be getting work.

Predictions And Rankings For The Top 6 Finale:

As long as people are willing to vote in large numbers for a foreigner (Japanese guy) like Kenichi, then I think he will win. But certainly some percentage may feel that at least some of the million is going overseas and would prefer that the money stay here. That is not the way I think. But I know some Americans might not vote for Ebina for that reason. I’d like to think that is a small percentage, though. So before the show airs, I am still ranking Kenichi #1.

Forte has been consistent and probably deserves a #2 ranking. It starts to get more difficult here, though, because the other acts have been a bit inconsistent. I am only ranking Collins Key #3 because he seems to get the votes no matter what he does. His status as a favorite seems to have been locked up from the very beginning. Howard is right that his pacing is an issue.

At this point, I wouldn’t even be shocked if Jimmy Rose wins. He is the least deserving of being here. I only rank him 4th because he fits the demographic. In fact, he fits it so well that he could pull an upset win.

I have never considered Cami Bradley a favorite. She has been pretty consistent, but I consider it consistent above average, not consistently great. So I ranked her 5th before the finals air.

Taylor has been my second favorite. He has been just a little inconsistent. It is a little surprising that he ended up making the top 6. I think it’s going to be very difficult for a comedian to compete in this top 6. You can laugh and laugh. But will it be as impressive or moving as Kenichi? I doubt it.

1. Kenichi Ebina
2. Forte
3. Collins Key
4. Jimmy Rose
5. Cami Bradley
6. Taylor Williamson

YouTube Video: America’s Got Talent 8 – Top 6 Finals – Standup Comedian Taylor Williamson’s Second Comedy Routine (September 17, 2013)

Act: Taylor Williamson

Genre: Standup Comedian

Live Blogging Notes:

This is the second performance of the finals for Taylor. It is the 10th of tonight’s 12 total performances.

He joked about hooking up with Heidi. Most of the routine was about girls and Taylor not getting any. And he is not gay. LOL. I don’t know if this was worth $1 million. But it did have me laughing.

America’s Got Talent 8 has reached its final week. There are 6 contestants left, and it’s all up to voters now to decide who wins one million dollars. The final performance episode is on Tuesday, September 17, 2013. Then, the grand finale results show is on September 18, 2013. That is when the new million-dollar winner will be revealed.

I will link to the official YouTube video for Taylor Williamson’s Top 6 finals performance (second routine) as soon as it has been uploaded onto AGT’s official channel.

Judges’ Comments On Taylor’s Performance:

Heidi has gotten to think he is funny over time. Mel B said he is funny. There are no other words to describe it. Howie says people should vote for him. Howard says comedians get overlooked. If you believe in him, vote for him. He never wants to fast forward with Taylor.

Taylor Williamson Predictions Before The Show Airs:

I have ranked Taylor last out of the 6 contestants in this AGT 8 finale. That’s not based on personal preference, as I would have him 2nd at this point. That’s because, in addition to having funny routines, Taylor takes it one step further and is even hilarious during judges’ comments and interviews. This is not common even for comedians. This guy deserved to make the finals in my opinion. I like Kenichi a bit more, but Williamson is tops for me aside from him.

At the same time, this is just a grueling little finals. Tom Cotter did finish 2nd last year. So there is potential for Taylor to do better. But because he only finished 4th in his round of 12 in the top 60, he seems to be barely surviving through these rounds. So I have ranked him 6th but wouldn’t be surprised if he beat a singer or two to make the top 4.

Predictions And Rankings For The Top 6 Finale:

As long as people are willing to vote in large numbers for a foreigner (Japanese guy) like Kenichi, then I think he will win. But certainly some percentage may feel that at least some of the million is going overseas and would prefer that the money stay here. That is not the way I think. But I know some Americans might not vote for Ebina for that reason. I’d like to think that is a small percentage, though. So before the show airs, I am still ranking Kenichi #1.

Forte has been consistent and probably deserves a #2 ranking. It starts to get more difficult here, though, because the other acts have been a bit inconsistent. I am only ranking Collins Key #3 because he seems to get the votes no matter what he does. His status as a favorite seems to have been locked up from the very beginning. Howard is right that his pacing is an issue.

At this point, I wouldn’t even be shocked if Jimmy Rose wins. He is the least deserving of being here. I only rank him 4th because he fits the demographic. In fact, he fits it so well that he could pull an upset win.

I have never considered Cami Bradley a favorite. She has been pretty consistent, but I consider it consistent above average, not consistently great. So I ranked her 5th before the finals air.

Taylor has been my second favorite. He has been just a little inconsistent. It is a little surprising that he ended up making the top 6. I think it’s going to be very difficult for a comedian to compete in this top 6. You can laugh and laugh. But will it be as impressive or moving as Kenichi? I doubt it.

1. Kenichi Ebina
2. Forte
3. Collins Key
4. Jimmy Rose
5. Cami Bradley
6. Taylor Williamson

YouTube Video: America’s Got Talent 8 – Top 6 Finals – Country Singer Jimmy Rose – “The Dance” (September 17, 2013)

Act: Jimmy Rose

Genre: Jimmy is a country singer from Kentucky.

Live Blogging Notes:

This was Jimmy’s 2nd performance in the finale. It was the 9th of 12 performances on this episode. Click on the tags below to see the article for his “Coal Keeps The Lights On” performance.

For this Round 2, Jimmy sang Garth Brooks’ “The Dance.” This is one of my favorite songs ever. Jimmy did not get the full emotion. It was just an okay performance. But considering how these voters are, it might have been enough for him to win. But at this point in the episode, it looks like Forte or Kenichi to win.

America’s Got Talent 8 has reached its final week. There are 6 contestants left, and it’s all up to voters now to decide who wins one million dollars. The final performance episode is on Tuesday, September 17, 2013. Then, the grand finale results show is on September 18, 2013. That is when the new million-dollar winner will be revealed.

I will link to the official YouTube video for Jimmy Rose’s Top 6 finals performance of “The Dance” as soon as it has been uploaded onto AGT’s official channel.

Judges’ Comments On Rose’s Performance:

Mel B wants to hear his voice on the radio. And he seems to be such a nice guy. Howie didn’t hear the dynamics in the performance. Howard said that he needed a knockout punch. This got both applause and boos from the audience. Heidi says it is tough. But she says Jimmy gives America what they want to hear.

Jimmy Rose Predictions Before The Show Airs:

The thing making it difficult to rank Jimmy is that the producers have had him go last or next to last every single live round. That is best part of the lineup to get votes. So what if he goes first tonight? That’s where he should go, with Kenichi going last. Jimmy simply doesn’t deserve to be in the finals. Over Catapult? Absolutely no way. But as I state below, I wouldn’t even be surprised if Rose won the whole thing. He fits the voting demographic on this show perfectly, so it seems. He probably isn’t even an average singer but is certainly no better than average. The voters need to come to their senses and reward talent instead of voting on what they are used to seeing. Recognize the talent, for crying out loud.

Predictions And Rankings For The Top 6 Finale:

As long as people are willing to vote in large numbers for a foreigner (Japanese guy) like Kenichi, then I think he will win. But certainly some percentage may feel that at least some of the million is going overseas and would prefer that the money stay here. That is not the way I think. But I know some Americans might not vote for Ebina for that reason. I’d like to think that is a small percentage, though. So before the show airs, I am still ranking Kenichi #1.

Forte has been consistent and probably deserves a #2 ranking. It starts to get more difficult here, though, because the other acts have been a bit inconsistent. I am only ranking Collins Key #3 because he seems to get the votes no matter what he does. His status as a favorite seems to have been locked up from the very beginning. Howard is right that his pacing is an issue.

At this point, I wouldn’t even be shocked if Jimmy Rose wins. He is the least deserving of being here. I only rank him 4th because he fits the demographic. In fact, he fits it so well that he could pull an upset win.

I have never considered Cami Bradley a favorite. She has been pretty consistent, but I consider it consistent above average, not consistently great. So I ranked her 5th before the finals air.

Taylor has been my second favorite. He has been just a little inconsistent. It is a little surprising that he ended up making the top 6. I think it’s going to be very difficult for a comedian to compete in this top 6. You can laugh and laugh. But will it be as impressive or moving as Kenichi? I doubt it.

1. Kenichi Ebina
2. Forte
3. Collins Key
4. Jimmy Rose
5. Cami Bradley
6. Taylor Williamson

YouTube Video: America’s Got Talent 8 – Top 6 Finals – Teen Magician Collins Key’s YouTube Prediction (September 17, 2013)

Act: Collins Key

Genre: This is the teen magician.

Live Blogging Notes:

This is Collins’s second performance of the night and 8th out of 12 performances in this finals episode.

He did a YouTube video prediction. He predicted the three people and the hashtags that the judges would choose out of a group of people. The weak part of the trick is that Mel B and Heidi were forced to make their picks. Only Howie supposedly made a random choice of pictures. But it was still a pretty good trick unless Howie was in on it. But because such a possibility exists, I think this trick was only a partial success.

America’s Got Talent 8 has reached its final week. There are 6 contestants left, and it’s all up to voters now to decide who wins one million dollars. The final performance episode is on Tuesday, September 17, 2013. Then, the grand finale results show is on September 18, 2013. That is when the new million-dollar winner will be revealed.

I will link to the official YouTube video for Collins Keys’s Top 6 finals performance (YouTube Prediction) as soon as it has been uploaded onto AGT’s official channel.

Judges’ Comments On Key’s Performance:

Mel B is getting the magic now. Howie said it was the clearest and most concise performance he has given. Howard said this was better than last week. But he didn’t seem too crazy about it. Heidi likes his fresh take on magic.

Collins Key Predictions Before The Show Airs:

This guy is one of those acts who can seemingly do no wrong with the voters. He has had a couple of questionable weeks with not-so-good tricks. It’s obvious to people who try to figure out magic that Key uses shills. I just think there are better ways of doing magic than using obvious shills. The judges have not pointed this out at all. In fact, really only Howard has given any negative criticism at all, saying that Collins’s timing or pacing is not sharp.

I think we’ve seen the best of this guy already. I have ranked him 3rd, thinking that he has one good but not mind-blowing trick left. I would rank him lower but am keeping him at 3rd because he appears to have a strong fanbase built from the very beginning that is sticking with him to the end.

Predictions And Rankings For The Top 6 Finale:

As long as people are willing to vote in large numbers for a foreigner (Japanese guy) like Kenichi, then I think he will win. But certainly some percentage may feel that at least some of the million is going overseas and would prefer that the money stay here. That is not the way I think. But I know some Americans might not vote for Ebina for that reason. I’d like to think that is a small percentage, though. So before the show airs, I am still ranking Kenichi #1.

Forte has been consistent and probably deserves a #2 ranking. It starts to get more difficult here, though, because the other acts have been a bit inconsistent. I am only ranking Collins Key #3 because he seems to get the votes no matter what he does. His status as a favorite seems to have been locked up from the very beginning. Howard is right that his pacing is an issue.

At this point, I wouldn’t even be shocked if Jimmy Rose wins. He is the least deserving of being here. I only rank him 4th because he fits the demographic. In fact, he fits it so well that he could pull an upset win.

I have never considered Cami Bradley a favorite. She has been pretty consistent, but I consider it consistent above average, not consistently great. So I ranked her 5th before the finals air.

Taylor has been my second favorite. He has been just a little inconsistent. It is a little surprising that he ended up making the top 6. I think it’s going to be very difficult for a comedian to compete in this top 6. You can laugh and laugh. But will it be as impressive or moving as Kenichi? I doubt it.

1. Kenichi Ebina
2. Forte
3. Collins Key
4. Jimmy Rose
5. Cami Bradley
6. Taylor Williamson

YouTube Video: America’s Got Talent 8 – Top 6 Finals – Singer Cami Bradley’s “I Want To Hold Your Hand” (September 17, 2013)

Act: Cami Bradley

Genre: Cami has been described as a church singer. But she is basically a pop singer and songwriter.

Live Blogging Notes:

This was Cami’s 2nd performance in the finals. It was the 7th out of 12 performances on this episode. That is probably the worst order for getting votes.

Bradley sang a slowed-up version of The Beatles’ “I Want To Hold Your Hand.” This was odd, and the usual emotion was not there except with two or three measly notes. I don’t know who convinced her to do this. But they didn’t do her any favors.

America’s Got Talent 8 has reached its final week. There are 6 contestants left, and it’s all up to voters now to decide who wins one million dollars. The final performance episode is on Tuesday, September 17, 2013. Then, the grand finale results show is on September 18, 2013. That is when the new million-dollar winner will be revealed.

I will link to the official YouTube video for Cami Bradley’s Top 6 finals performance of “I Want To Hold Your Hand” as soon as it has been uploaded onto AGT’s official channel.

Judges’ Comments On Cami’s Performance:

Howard says this is another part of Cami’s long journey. She showed good performance skills. He said “perfect” a bunch of times. Heidi says nothing about her ever disappoints. Mel Be said it was flawless. Howie said her sound is the best, and she is a star. Howie just wants to hold her hand, and he doesn’t even do that.

Cami Bradley Predictions Before The Show Airs:

This singer went last in the top 12, so it’s no surprise she at least was in the Top 6 in voting and has made it to the finals. She also made it through every round without needing to be saved by the judges. Despite that, I rank her 5th out of 6 among the finals contestants. The only girl to ever win AGT was Bianca Ryan, in Season 1. Although I do love Bianca, competition was comparably very weak in Season 1. There was really no one to give her a serious challenge.

Besides that, I just haven’t been overly impressed with Cami’s vocals. They are good but certainly not as good as Forte, who I have ranked 2nd. I definitely think Bradley is a much better singer than Jimmy Rose. I only rank him ahead of her because he fits the voting demographic better.

Whether you look at it based on talent or based on voting demographics, Cami has an uphill battle in trying to win the million dollars.

Predictions And Rankings For The Top 6 Finale:

As long as people are willing to vote in large numbers for a foreigner (Japanese guy) like Kenichi, then I think he will win. But certainly some percentage may feel that at least some of the million is going overseas and would prefer that the money stay here. That is not the way I think. But I know some Americans might not vote for Ebina for that reason. I’d like to think that is a small percentage, though. So before the show airs, I am still ranking Kenichi #1.

Forte has been consistent and probably deserves a #2 ranking. It starts to get more difficult here, though, because the other acts have been a bit inconsistent. I am only ranking Collins Key #3 because he seems to get the votes no matter what he does. His status as a favorite seems to have been locked up from the very beginning. Howard is right that his pacing is an issue.

At this point, I wouldn’t even be shocked if Jimmy Rose wins. He is the least deserving of being here. I only rank him 4th because he fits the demographic. In fact, he fits it so well that he could pull an upset win.

I have never considered Cami Bradley a favorite. She has been pretty consistent, but I consider it consistent above average, not consistently great. So I ranked her 5th before the finals air.

Taylor has been my second favorite. He has been just a little inconsistent. It is a little surprising that he ended up making the top 6. I think it’s going to be very difficult for a comedian to compete in this top 6. You can laugh and laugh. But will it be as impressive or moving as Kenichi? I doubt it.

1. Kenichi Ebina
2. Forte
3. Collins Key
4. Jimmy Rose
5. Cami Bradley
6. Taylor Williamson

YouTube Video: America’s Got Talent 8 – Top 6 Finals – Standup Comedian Taylor Williamson’s First Finale Comedy Routine (September 17, 2013)

Act: Taylor Williamson

Genre: Standup Comedian

Live Blogging Notes:

This is a little weird for a comedian to have to do two sets in one night. And as Taylor joked about, doing a reprisal of the same jokes is weird. But I think he is allowed to change it up some, just as the other acts were allowed to spruce up their reprisal performances.

This was Taylor’s first comedy set of two. It was the 6th of 12 total performances this episode.

He told Heidi she must have liked his animal jokes since she was once married to a seal. And he got a choir to tell the black poodle/fat white bitch joke. Those bits were funny. The guy in a camel costume was not so funny, though. For what a comedian had to do in telling the same jokes, though, this was good.

America’s Got Talent 8 has reached its final week. There are 6 contestants left, and it’s all up to voters now to decide who wins one million dollars. The final performance episode is on Tuesday, September 17, 2013. Then, the grand finale results show is on September 18, 2013. That is when the new million-dollar winner will be revealed.

I will link to the official YouTube video for Taylor Williamson’s Top 6 finals performance (first routine) as soon as it has been uploaded onto AGT’s official channel.

Judges’ Comments On Taylor’s Performance:

Howard says he has a fully evolved character who has worked hard to make this routine funny. Howie says he works hard to entertain. Heidi said she did not like him but does now. Mel B said Taylor is very, very funny. He is awkward and weird, and she loves it.

Taylor Williamson Predictions Before The Show Airs:

I have ranked Taylor last out of the 6 contestants in this AGT 8 finale. That’s not based on personal preference, as I would have him 2nd at this point. That’s because, in addition to having funny routines, Taylor takes it one step further and is even hilarious during judges’ comments and interviews. This is not common even for comedians. This guy deserved to make the finals in my opinion. I like Kenichi a bit more, but Williamson is tops for me aside from him.

At the same time, this is just a grueling little finals. Tom Cotter did finish 2nd last year. So there is potential for Taylor to do better. But because he only finished 4th in his round of 12 in the top 60, he seems to be barely surviving through these rounds. So I have ranked him 6th but wouldn’t be surprised if he beat a singer or two to make the top 4.

Predictions And Rankings For The Top 6 Finale:

As long as people are willing to vote in large numbers for a foreigner (Japanese guy) like Kenichi, then I think he will win. But certainly some percentage may feel that at least some of the million is going overseas and would prefer that the money stay here. That is not the way I think. But I know some Americans might not vote for Ebina for that reason. I’d like to think that is a small percentage, though. So before the show airs, I am still ranking Kenichi #1.

Forte has been consistent and probably deserves a #2 ranking. It starts to get more difficult here, though, because the other acts have been a bit inconsistent. I am only ranking Collins Key #3 because he seems to get the votes no matter what he does. His status as a favorite seems to have been locked up from the very beginning. Howard is right that his pacing is an issue.

At this point, I wouldn’t even be shocked if Jimmy Rose wins. He is the least deserving of being here. I only rank him 4th because he fits the demographic. In fact, he fits it so well that he could pull an upset win.

I have never considered Cami Bradley a favorite. She has been pretty consistent, but I consider it consistent above average, not consistently great. So I ranked her 5th before the finals air.

Taylor has been my second favorite. He has been just a little inconsistent. It is a little surprising that he ended up making the top 6. I think it’s going to be very difficult for a comedian to compete in this top 6. You can laugh and laugh. But will it be as impressive or moving as Kenichi? I doubt it.

1. Kenichi Ebina
2. Forte
3. Collins Key
4. Jimmy Rose
5. Cami Bradley
6. Taylor Williamson

YouTube Video: America’s Got Talent 8 – Top 6 Finals – Opera Trio, Forte’s “The Prayer” (September 17, 2013)

Act: Forte

Genre: This is the opera trio that is made up of 3 guys. One is Puerto Rican, one is Sri Lankan, and the other I believe is Italian.

Live Blogging Notes:

This is Forte’s first performance of the night of their 2 performances. It is the 5th overall of 12 performances in this finale. They are singing “The Prayer,” which is the song they performed in their Las Vegas audition. This was another solid performance from the guys. I do prefer to have a girl in the mix for this song. But they can’t just add a girl to the group.

America’s Got Talent 8 has reached its final week. There are 6 contestants left, and it’s all up to voters now to decide who wins one million dollars. The final performance episode is on Tuesday, September 17, 2013. Then, the grand finale results show is on September 18, 2013. That is when the new million-dollar winner will be revealed.

I will link to the official YouTube video for Forte’s Top 6 finals performance of “The Prayer” as soon as it has been uploaded onto AGT’s official channel.

Judges’ Comments On Forte’s Performance:

Mel B said, “Wow, wow, wow.” She is now a big lover of opera. People have to vote. Howie said he didn’t stand because a lot of the act was string instruments and other stuff. But others like Kenichi or Taylor Williamson act alone. Howard thought Forte were the favorites. But he isn’t sure anymore. Heidi said she is a huge fan. She would buy their CD or see them in Vegas.

Forte Predictions Before The Show Airs:

I have ranked Forte #2 heading into this Top 6 final week. Opera does very well in voting on America’s Got Talent in general. And although no opera group has made the top 3 (solo singers have done better), Forte has essentially taken out Jonathan Allen and Branden James, who were both solo opera singers in Season 8. So here they are in the finals. I do think Forte has a better chance of winning than the Texas Tenors. They are much better than those guys were and simply seem more genuine. On the other hand, you have to consider that a solo act almost always wins America’s Got Talent. Weighing everything up, I won’t be surprised if Forte wins. But I have ranked them 2nd before seeing the live finale performances.

Predictions And Rankings For The Top 6 Finale:

As long as people are willing to vote in large numbers for a foreigner (Japanese guy) like Kenichi, then I think he will win. But certainly some percentage may feel that at least some of the million is going overseas and would prefer that the money stay here. That is not the way I think. But I know some Americans might not vote for Ebina for that reason. I’d like to think that is a small percentage, though. So before the show airs, I am still ranking Kenichi #1.

Forte has been consistent and probably deserves a #2 ranking. It starts to get more difficult here, though, because the other acts have been a bit inconsistent. I am only ranking Collins Key #3 because he seems to get the votes no matter what he does. His status as a favorite seems to have been locked up from the very beginning. Howard is right that his pacing is an issue.

At this point, I wouldn’t even be shocked if Jimmy Rose wins. He is the least deserving of being here. I only rank him 4th because he fits the demographic. In fact, he fits it so well that he could pull an upset win.

I have never considered Cami Bradley a favorite. She has been pretty consistent, but I consider it consistent above average, not consistently great. So I ranked her 5th before the finals air.

Taylor has been my second favorite. He has been just a little inconsistent. It is a little surprising that he ended up making the top 6. I think it’s going to be very difficult for a comedian to compete in this top 6. You can laugh and laugh. But will it be as impressive or moving as Kenichi? I doubt it.

1. Kenichi Ebina
2. Forte
3. Collins Key
4. Jimmy Rose
5. Cami Bradley
6. Taylor Williamson