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.
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
3. Collins Key
4. Jimmy Rose
5. Cami Bradley
6. Taylor Williamson