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

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

Act: Collins Key

Genre: This is the teen magician.

Live Blogging Notes:

This is Collins’s first performance tonight of 2. And it is 4th out of 12 overall. This is his close-up magic routine. He turned two cards into one card while teasing Heidi and Mel B to kiss each other. They were each biting down on one side of the same two cards, and it turned into one.

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 (close-up magic trick) as soon as it has been uploaded onto AGT’s official channel.

Judges’ Comments On Key’s Performance:

Heidi was mesmerized by it. Howie says Collins is the master of confusion. Howard says he is a fan of his close-up magic. But he is a terrific performer. Mel B said it was one of his best performances. Howard wonders if the public at home got it, though.

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 “Believe” (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 is Cami’s first performance of the finale. It is Cher’s “Believe.” This was her quarterfinals performance. “Believe” was the 3rd of 12 total performances in this finals episode. It was a good, emotional performance.

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 “Believe” as soon as it has been uploaded onto AGT’s official channel.

Judges’ Comments On Cami’s Performance:

All 4 judges gave this a standing ovation. Howard now says Cami should win. He said something about finding her in a church. She was a caterpillar, and now she is a butterfly. Heidi likes the way she does the “Believe” song. It puts tears in people’s eyes. Mel B says people should vote for her. Howie says she is the best singer in the contest because she has a more unique sound (not sure if that is true at all, but that’s what he said).

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 – Dancer Kenichi Ebina’s “Robo Matrix” (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 first performance of the finale. It is called “Robo Matrix.”

This was a reprisal of his original audition. It could have been better. I mean, he improved it with some magic (twisting his arm around in a circle) and added some lasers to it. But the other routines are better than this. He needs to have something more creative for his second performance.

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 of “Robo Matrix” as soon as it has been uploaded onto AGT’s official channel.

Judges’ Comments On Kenichi’s Performance:

Howie says to vote. He deserves to win. Howard says to vote and that he deserves to win. Heidi says this is her favorite performance all season. Mel B says he deserves to win, as well.

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 – Country Singer Jimmy Rose – “Coal Keeps The Lights On” (September 17, 2013)

Act: Jimmy Rose

Genre: Jimmy is a country singer from Kentucky.

Live Blogging Notes:

This is Jimmy’s reprisal performance. It’s his original song, which is called “Coal Keeps The Lights On.” This is a great song, giving him a better chance to win probably. But he is going first tonight, at least in this first round of performances.

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 “Coal Keeps The Lights On” as soon as it has been uploaded onto AGT’s official channel.

Judges’ Comments On Rose’s Performance:

Mel B said she was not a fan in the beginning. She loves his voice and this performance. America should vote for him. Howie says it’s how he stacks up. But he delivered on this first performance. Howard says he has waited to hear this song again. He likes the original song. He said this was a great way to open the show. Heidi said he has the story but also the talent to back it up.

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