The final five finalists are revealed ahead of next week’s epic season finale!
After the most impressive night of talent America has talent yet this season we weren’t ready for a brutal cut that sent more than half of them home.
And yet, that’s the name of the game. After all, at the end of it all, only one poet – uh, we mean the act can win it all. It doesn’t hurt to see people’s hopes and dreams shattered on live television any less.
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Especially when they were really fantastic, and against other competitions could have come all the way.
It also created another dilemma for us in particular, as we like to make our predictions each week about who should pass and who we think will pass. Our overall track record over the years has been pretty strong, but we had absolutely no self-confidence this week.
While not our personal Top 5, we thought America would vote through BAD Salsa, Cristina Rae, Voices of Our City Choir, Celina, and WAFFLE Crew. For us personally, we had Jonathan Goodwin and Daneliya Tuleshova also in our Top 5, but we suspected that they would fall into the welfare power of WAFFLE and Voices. Do they have?
Along the way, we took a look at another recent fan favorite who didn’t achieve their dreams and still managed to make some of them come true. AGT is a great platform no matter who wins if you do just the right thing.
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This season’s contestants will have the added challenge of COVID-19 to keep that momentum going, but seeing acts like Colin Cloud can only serve as inspiration so that this moment can be good for them no matter how it turns out.
And then, AGT went bigger than big with one of the biggest acts on the planet on stage. K-Pop sensation BTS broke records with their all-English debut album Dynamite, and tonight they blew AGT – and social media – with a live performance.
Who do I think I am? you ask. Well, I’ve spent almost a decade of my life sweating and bleeding to the sound of music as a dancer. From a young boy learning shuffle ball to playing with the St. Louis Ballet Company, I experienced the ups and downs of one of the most physically demanding sports on the planet. During this time, I was also a member of the Orchester symphonique des jeunes de Saint-Louis, as well as a gymnast, writer and designer. I had a lot more energy in my younger years. And I’ve spent the past eighteen years analyzing and reviewing reality TV contests for various media publications. I have that.
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Colin is still a lot of fun to watch, and we love how he incorporated the last three AGT winners as part of his act by predicting what the judges would think with what appears to be part of that suggestion that Max Majors revealed in the quarterfinals. He has such a smooth and cool delivery, he really knows how to make this type of act entertaining, without ever really slowing down like some do – and Max has done that this week.
Accomplished performers, this could have been another music video for their hit Dynamite. The group always knows how to share the spotlight between the members both vocally and visually, and their voice dance combination is second to none. It took them a surprisingly long time to break into the mainstream in America – K-Pop stans have known this for years now – so apparently it only takes one song in all of English!
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For the last time, the overly confusing Dunkin Save created an extra hour of drama by putting the fourth, fifth and sixth place numbers through the ringtones, two of the three of which eventually made it through the night, either by insta -save either by the judges.
The lucky ones this week were Kenadi Dodds, BAD Salsa and Max Major, which shows how different we watched this show. These three elements make up our first act of the week and our final number, as well as our 8th place in Max – clearly America was not as confused as Howie and Sofia by her act.
We knew this week was going to be a mess when it came to trying to predict the Americas votes, but we had no idea how wild it was going to get. We attribute it to Terry Crews, note that it was the tightest vote of the season meaning fractions of percentages could have separated so many acts.
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At this point, we were totally at a loss as to what had happened with the vote. When Terry called Celina and Cristina Rae, we understood what we suspected was going on. We weren’t sure if the two could move forward – and even changed our prediction at the last minute in the hope that they could – but they couldn’t.
It’s not much of a surprise that of the two of them, Cristina Rae was the one who continued. Her voice is rising like an angel and she has this adorable son, and we know America is voting for the whole package. Heres is hoping Celina sticks with it because she’s amazing on her own.
Next to the firing squad were Voices of Our City Choir, Daneliya Tuleshova and WAFFLE Crew. Then again, there are acts that we thought all could be contenders for and worthy of advancing, and yet only one would. So it’s the choir, right? Their mission, their voices, the story. It’s too much to resist.
Nope! In fact, neither the crew nor the choir succeeded, like a little Daneliya Tuleshova all alone among those large groups of people couldn’t believe the hangar had just heard his name. She’s a young singer – America loves it – even though it wasn’t her strongest week.
That left Jonathan Goodwin, Bello Sisters, and Brett Loudermilk for the final pre-Dunkin slot. Of the three, we had Jonathan in our Top 5, but did the USA agree that he brought in the strongest act and has the most potential to impress even more in the final?
They absolutely didn’t, because America decided they wanted to see more Bello sisters. Now they just have to figure out how to make a three way pretzel even more twisted and dangerous.
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The Dunkin Save trio took the stage to wrap up the show, so did Kenadi Dodds keep his lead by voting over BAD Salsa and Max Major? Does America love children’s singers so much? Not bumping into it too much, but we didn’t think she was stronger than a lot of those acts already eliminated.
But it didn’t matter what we thought, cause America wanted to see more Kenadi dodds and so they will, as she took fourth place.
This left the indescribable BAD Salsa and Max Major facing off against the judges, which convinced us that it would be bad news for Max. We’ve had good mentalists before, but nothing like BAD Salsa.
Maybe that’s why we couldn’t even vote for Heidis as Sofia and Howie quickly sent BAD Salsa in the finals, sending bad packaging Max. But if he plays his cards right, he can do as well as Colin Cloud from this one opportunity.
Like four of our predictions, three of our 5 best acts were successful, as was our lowest act of the night – so we did both correct and terrible at the same time. And we were totally blown away trying to guess what you would do.
And yet, we will still try to predict your choices for the grand finale of this mad race next week. Maybe we are punishment (or embarrassment) gluttonous.
Americas Got Talent crowns its Season 15 winner next week Tuesday and Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
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