Did you predict that 14-year-old blind dancer Benjamin Yonattan would be eliminated on "America's Got Talent" Wednesday night? If you saw this jawdropper coming, then you should be taking place in our weekly prediction contest. Hurry — make your predictions and you could win our prize of a $100 Amazon gift certificate. It's fun and easy, so start now by scrolling down and predicting the five acts that will get the go-ahead on next Wednesday's show.
According to exclusive Gold Derby odds that are derived from the predictions made by users like you, Benjamin was one of the seven acts predicted to go through to the next round. But he wasn't the only shocker on Wednesday night.
Gospel group Selected of God Choir was another act Gold Derby users thought would advance, but they were eliminated, too. The other three acts to get kicked to the curb were dance troupe Chapkis Dance Family, extreme stunt motorcyclists Metal Mulisha Fitz's Army and comedic dance group DADitude.
Congratulations to our user Erik10101 for earning the top score in this week's contest. He tied with two other users at near-perfect 91% prediction accuracy, though he broke the tie with his high 19,016 point score by using his special 500 and 200 bets wisely. If eligible, as per our contest rules, he will win a $100 Amazon gift certificate.
This user correctly predicted six of the seven acts that would go through: Alicia Michilli, Oz Pearlman, The Professional Regurgitator, Daniella Mass, Freelusion Dance Company and Mountain Faith Band. Erik also predicted that Howard Stern, Howie Mandel, Mel B and Heidi Klum would all hit their X's. The only thing he got wrong was to predict that Benjamin would advance to the next round instead of stand-up comedian Gary Vider.
Twelve acts will perform next week on the first Semifinals show of the season, however NBC has only announced 10 of these dozen acts. As soon as we know the identity of the remaining two acts, we will enter them in our "America's Got Talent" predictions center. In the meantime, get started by answering the following questions:
Which acts will advance to next round?
Will Howard Stern hit his X?
Will Heidi Klum hit her X?
Will Mel B hit her X?
Will Howie Mandel hit his X?
Who will win 'America's Got Talent'?
Every week, the eligible user with the highest prediction accuracy and most points will win a $100 Amazon gift certificate, so it's beneficial to keep coming back often and making/updating your predictions. The "AGT" performance shows air Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on NBC, while the results shows are scheduled for Wednesdays at 8 p.m.
Making your predictions is fun and easy. Just log into your Gold Derby account, or you can register for a free account via Facebook, Twitter or Google.
After logging in, click on the "Predictions" button found at the top-right of every page. That will bring you to a list of every event currently being predicted at Gold Derby — everything from the Emmys and Oscars to "Big Brother" and "So You Think You Can Dance."
Click on any box and then scroll down to start making your predictions. For each TV show, cast your votes on several different questions relating to the upcoming episode. If you click on the "America's Got Talent" button, you'll see something like this:
To vote for who you think will advance to the next round, drag your chosen contestants over from the left to the right and arrange them in your predicted order. Every time someone logs their predictions, the racetrack odds of the contestants are automatically updated.
If the majority of users think Ira will go through, that means he'll have the best odds and will go to the front of the pack. Conversely, the contestants who don't receive many predictions have the worst odds and will go to the bottom of the pile.
Remember that coming out on top doesn't just mean answering that week's questions correctly. You also have to use your three big bets (500 points and two of 200 points) strategically to score the most game points. If you bet on a longshot who pulls off an upset, you can really rack up the points, so don't take them for granted.
Average Gold Derby users just like YOU often turn out to be our smartest prognosticators, so it's important that you give us your predictions. You can continue to update and change your predictions throughout the week, just click "Save Predictions" when you've settled on your choice.
Get started by making your prediction as to which dancer will be eliminated next. And be sure to sound off on the current season of "America's Got Talent" in Gold Derby's reality TV forum.
Photo: Benjamin Yonattan. Credit: MediaPunch/REX