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 Predictions – Quarterfinals – August 22-23, 2017

On August 22, 2017, NBC’s America’s Got Talent held its second quarterfinals live round for Season 12. The results will be announced live on August 23, 2017. After watching all of the performances, I made some predictions on who would advance. Below, I will include the acts that performed and my thoughts on how they did, and some thoughts on their odds of getting through to the semifinals. In all, 7 of the 12 acts advance. Last week, I predicted 5 of them only, as I felt that Puddles Pity Party and especially Just Jerk would advance.

Mandy Harvey:

This is the deaf singer. Although a lot of people moan about sob stories on AGT, the truth is that Mandy proved tonight that she deserves her spot. She sang well, and we found out that she is also a pretty good songwriter. Mandy wrote a song for her cousin’s wedding called “Mara’s Song.” It was written perfectly for her voice, and she hit a lot of beautiful notes that reminded me of Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel.” I’m not saying it was that good. But Mandy earned her keep, and I believe she will easily advance to the next round.

Merrick Hanna:

The next act I believe will advance is Merrick Hanna. Although his robotic dancing moves are starting to get a little repetitive, Simon duly noted that he is a creative artist that keeps things fresh. His idea of playing a boy without a family worked great for a show like America’s Got Talent. Hanna is good, but he’s a few steps below Kenichi Ebina, who won the whole show a few seasons ago. Nonetheless, his storytelling and overall talent should be enough to at least get him to the semifinals. And when Simon says you deserve it, that usually means you are going to advance.

Johnny Manuel:

Johnny is very close to a surefire lock to advance from the quarterfinals to the semifinals and probably also to the finals. He sang “And I’m Telling You,” the song made famous by Jennifer Holliday and then more famous by Jennifer Hudson. This was a solid performance from a pure vocal perspective. I didn’t find it to have the kind of booming power as when a lot of others sing it. So from that perspective, I didn’t think it quite had the punch that the judges seemed to think it had. Nonetheless, this is a performance that is clearly deserving of a semifinal spot.

Pompeyo Family:

The Pompeyo Family has a dog act that is quite similar to Olate Dogs. Olate won the show and the million dollars a few seasons ago. I believe that it’s pretty objectively clear that Pompeyo’s dogs are not quite as good as the Olate bunch. Nonetheless, they are pretty close. And I think they have a great chance of advancing out of this round. My prediction is that they will advance. The dog tricks are some of the best I have seen. It just so happens that Olate is the best I have ever seen. So you can’t expect them to rise to that level. But a lot of voters probably won’t be comparing, anyway. Judged individually, which is probably what most voters do, I’d have to say that Pompeyo Family will probably advance to the semifinals.

The 4 that I strongly predict will make it are the acts mentioned above: Johnny Manuel, Mandy Harvey, Merrick Hanna, and Pompeyo Family.

I am going to put 5 in the Maybe category, so to speak. But when added to the 4 above, that adds up to 9 acts. Only 7 are going to make it. So I will have to predict which 2 of these won’t make it.

The acts in my Maybe category are Celine Tam, Evie Clair, Light Balance, Eric Jones, and The Masqueraders.

Celine Tam:

Celine sang “When You Believe.” It got good comments from all judges with a mix of negative from Mel B. She made the overused comment that the song was “too big” for Celine. I disagree with this. They always mindlessly say this with Whitney Houston songs. But the difficulty level on this song isn’t that high. The fact is that Celine is a soft singer, not a power singer. But she’s consistently good and gets the most she can out of the voice she has. That voice doesn’t appear to be as good as the other 9-year-old girl, Angelica Hale. Angelica advanced to the semifinal from last week’s live show.

From a voting perspective, not all kids make it just because they are kids. So Celine is not a lock based on the “cute kid” vote. This is a factor in voting, but it’s not always the deciding factor. Because Celine didn’t knock it out of the park, I am on the fence here. But because she got the Golden Buzzer in the second round, I am going to predict that she advances this week but may be in big trouble in the semifinals.

Eric Jones:

Jones had some good tricks that may have been good enough to get him to the semifinals. But his delivery was a bit choppy because his instructions to Howie were a bit confusing to Howie. This caused the performance to drag a little. What I didn’t like so much is the fact that the last two tricks were based largely on not being able to see what he was doing. It’s impressive to “walk through glass.” But it’s old-style magic. Once you put a curtain up there, it’s obvious that you are just using some kind of trick glass wall. And whatever he did to pull the card through the glass was hidden from camera view. This is not as impressive as it should be to win the whole show. But this season needs some magic at least in the semifinals. Based on the needs of the show, Jones will probably be picked if it comes down to a judge choice. So I predict he will advance this round.

Light Balance:

It’s hard to say what effect the technical problems will have on Light Balance. What happened was they got set to go live, and the equipment for the light show malfunctioned. Luckily, they had completely recorded the dress rehearsal. So AGT played the recorded dress rehearsal, and it was very good.

This kind of act (a dance-based light show in the dark) is visually impressive, and the dancing was pretty good. However, this kind of act has always come up short in the actual voting for America’s Got Talent. Some similar acts have made the top 3, but none has won.

Despite the technical problem, which may or may not have been the act’s fault, all 4 judges gave glowing comments. Based on that, my prediction is that they will advance to the semifinal. But they have an uphill battle to win it all since American TV voters don’t seem to prefer this kind of act.

So these are my other 3 picks to advance. To recap, they are Celine Tam, Eric Jones, and Light Balance.

I have 2 more in the Maybe category. They are Evie Clair and The Masqueraders.

Evie Clair:

Evie played the piano this time, showing a little bit more overall musician skills than before. But with a similar style of song as Mandy Harvey in this quarterfinal round, Evie’s voice just didn’t have the same level of clarity and emotion. she is competent but not brilliant at this time, pretty much putting her on a level that is very comparable to Celine Tam. I don’t know if her backstory, which is about her dad’s battle with cancer, will be a strong factor in voting. I would not be surprised if Evie makes it, but my prediction is she falls short this time.

The Masqueraders:

I would also not be surprised if The Masqueraders advance to the semifinals. However, I am predicting that they will fall a little short. The lead singer has flashes of being very soulful. But the other two seemed like random backup singers, at least this round. The group just didn’t really stand out, and their original song, “I’m Just an Average Man,” wasn’t very catchy in my opinion. I have nothing against them. But the lead singer just wasn’t quite exciting enough to push this trio to the top tonight. Again, though, I would not be surprised if they advance. But they would have to do something very different to have a chance of winning.

So my Maybe acts that I predict will not quite make it are Evie Clair and The Masqueraders. But both are worthy, and I would not mind seeing them in the semifinals.

My bottom 3 acts are Demian Aditya, Mirror Image, and Brobots & Mandroidz. I definitely don’t think that these acts will advance, although it would not be shocking if Brobots & Mandroidz somehow managed to squeak into the 5th, 6th, or 7th spot.

Demian’s act had a technical failure. He did escape from a box that was suspended over fire and some sharp objects that presumably would have stabbed him right through the box if it had fallen with him in it. But the box somehow got stuck on the metal scaffolding-type structure as it was falling. This caused Aditya to get a couple of Xs from the judges. Those who get Xs on a live show rarely ever advance to the next round. I don’t know if the glitch was intentional to create water-cooler talk or not. But it’s likely sealed Demian’s fate.

Mirror Image and Brobots & Mandroidz just didn’t stand out with their dancing or, in Mirror Image’s case, their singing, either. I have never liked these acts yet. It’s not like they have no talent. But both seem to be about something other than talent. Mirror Image is more about personality than pure talent. They could definitely succeed as actors, which is probably where they will end up. The Brobots group seems to be more about flash over substance. Their dancing moves really aren’t that hard. I was thinking I could do a lot of those moves, and that’s just not something I should be able to say when watching a dance crew in the quarterfinals of America’s Got Talent. This group’s choreography is for the birds.

So my prediction is that the following 7 acts will advance: Mandy Harvey, Merrick Hanna, Pompeyo Family, Johnny Manuel, Light Balance, Eric Jones, and Celine Tam. I figure I’ll get at least 5 of these right.

NBC Today Show Video: Interview With America’s Got Talent 8 Winner and Japanese Dancer, Kenichi Ebina (September 19, 2013)

The following Today show entertainment video contains an interview with Kenichi Ebina. He is the Japanese dancer who just won the 8th season of America’s Got Talent. Kenichi took home one million dollars for the win. The results show was on Wednesday, September 18. 2013. This video interview is from the next day (September 19).

Kenichi is the first dancer to win AGT. But he won by creating a show, not just dancing. Kenichi added magic, mime, and interaction with characters on a TV screen. Dancing is just part of his act.

Kenichi thought he would finish in 3rd or 4th place. When he got in the top 2, he was like, “What am I going to do?”

He thought about the million dollars and his life changing before winning. But he tried not to.

Ebina said he has been really busy over the past two weeks because he was putting his routines together.

Today Video With Interview Of Kenichi Ebina, Winner Of The 8th Season Of America’s Got Talent

YouTube Video: America’s Got Talent 8 Finale Results Show Performance Of Country Singer Luke Bryan’s “That’s My Kind Of Night” (September 18, 2013)

America’s Got Talent 8 had its grand finale results show on September 18, 2013. In addition to crowning the winner, who will take home $1 million, AGT has several guest musical and dance performers lined up for this finale.

Luke Bryan was one of the guests who performed on this finale. He sang “That’s My Kind Of Night.” I will add the YouTube video of this performance as soon as it is available from America’s Got Talent’s official channel.

Background:

Luke Bryan is one of the hottest country singers these days. He first released an album in 2007. Here is the full list:

2007: I’ll Stay Me
2009: Doin’ My Thing
2011: Tailgates & Tanlines
2013: Crash My Party

The “Crash My Party” single has sold over 1.1 million copies in American, making it a platinum hit. Luke’s current single is “That’s My Kind Of Night.” It has sold almost half a million copies so far, but it was only released last month. So this one could top one million pretty soon.

YouTube Video: America’s Got Talent 8 Finale Results Show Performance Of Opera Singer Josh Groban And Forte (September 18, 2013)

America’s Got Talent 8 had its grand finale results show on September 18, 2013. In addition to crowning the winner, who will take home $1 million, AGT has several guest musical and dance performers lined up for this finale.

Josh Groban was one of the guests who performed on this finale. He sang with this season’s finalists, Forte (the opera trio). I will add the YouTube video of this performance as soon as it is available from America’s Got Talent’s official channel.

Background:

Josh Groban is an American opera singer. Other than “You Raise Me Up,” most of his success has come from albums instead of radio hits or other singles. But the albums have sold very well, including a huge seller in his Christmas album. According to Wikipedia, he has sold over 25 million albums. The first one was his self-titled album, in 2001. “All That Echoes” is his 6th and latest album. Noël was the #1 selling album of 2007 in the U.S. It has sold over 5 million copies.

YouTube Video: America’s Got Talent 8 Finale Results Show Performance Of Il Divo Featuring Heather Headley – “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” (September 18, 2013)

America’s Got Talent 8 had its grand finale results show on September 18, 2013. In addition to crowning the winner, who will take home $1 million, AGT has several guest musical and dance performers lined up for this finale.

Il Divo (featuring Heather Headley) was one of the guests who performed on this finale. They did “Can You Feel The Love Tonight.” I will add the YouTube video of this performance as soon as it is available from America’s Got Talent’s official channel.

Background:

Il Divo is an opera quartet created by Simon Cowell. At least one source says Il Divo has sold more than 26 million albums around the world.

Here are the members of the group:

Urs Bühler – Switzerland
Sébastien Izambard – France
David Miller – USA
Carlos Marín – Spain

Il Divo has been making albums since 2004. Their latest one is “A Musical Affair.”

YouTube Video: America’s Got Talent 8 Finale Results Show Performance Of Icona Pop’s “All Night” (September 18, 2013)

America’s Got Talent 8 had its grand finale results show on September 18, 2013. In addition to crowning the winner, who will take home $1 million, AGT has several guest musical and dance performers lined up for this finale.

Music duo Icona Pop was one of the guests who performed on this finale. I will add the YouTube video of this performance as soon as it is available from America’s Got Talent’s official channel. Icona Pop made the national-television debut of their new single, “All Night,” on this AGT finale show.

Background:

Icona Pop is a duo from Sweden. The members are Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo. They formed in 2009. Their first album was “Icona Pop,” which was released in 2012. That album doesn’t seem to have sold so well, in part because it was not even released internationally. But the main single, “I Love It,” has been very successful. It has sold over 2 million downloads in just the United States. That song features Charli XCX.

This new song, “All Night,” is from the “This Is…Icona Pop” album. This new album is actually scheduled for release a few days after this AGT finale.

YouTube Video: America’s Got Talent 8 Finale Results Show Performance Of The Rockettes (September 18, 2013)

America’s Got Talent 8 had its grand finale results show on September 18, 2013. In addition to crowning the winner, who will take home $1 million, AGT has several guest musical and dance performers lined up for this finale.

The Rockettes, who are a fixture at Radio City Music Hall, performed on this finale (this is the first season AGT has had its live shows at Radio City). I will add the YouTube video of this Rockettes performance as soon as it is available from America’s Got Talent’s official channel.

Background:

According to Wikipedia, The Rockettes formed in 1925 and started performing in Radio City Music Hall in 1932. They are famous for their leg kicks. But the group actually puts on a whole show around ballet and some modern dance and other styles of dancing.

In addition to doing an annual Christmas special out of Radio City, the Rockettes tour around the country. I’m not sure what the source for this is, but the claim is that they perform for two million audience members every year. To learn more about the Rockettes or to order tickets for their New York City Christmas show, click here to visit their official website.

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