Singer/guitarist Benton Blount was an early favorite on "America's Got Talent," however he doesn't even crack Gold Derby's Top 10 for who our users think will win Season 10. Are we underestimating this memorable "AGT" act? 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 which five acts will advance to the next round.
I believe that one of the reasons Blount ranks so low on our winner's chart is because he hasn't been seen on the show since Week 1 of the quarterfinals way back on August 11. In the past month, viewers (and our odds-makers) have simply forgotten about him. But that should all change when Blount takes the stage at Radio City Music Hall Tuesday night during the first semifinals round.
As a refresher, the last time we saw Blount he sang an acoustic version of A Great Big World's "Say Something" and gained unanimous praise from the judges and viewers at home. He was one of the five acts to advance stricly on America's vote that week, not needing to rely on the Dunkin' Save or the Judges' Choice.
While Blount doesn't top our list for who'll win this season, here are the current frontrunners to claim the $1 million prize according to our users: Paul Zerdin (first place with 2/1 odds) Siro-A (second place with 9/4 odds), Samantha Johnson and Piff the Magic Dragon (tied at third place with 14/1 odds apiece) and Oz Pearlman (fifth place with 16/1 odds).
Following these five favorites are Drew Lynch in sixth place with 25/1 odds and then there's a three-way tie between Derek Hughes, Daniella Mass and The CraigLewis Band all at 50/1 odds of winning. The remaining 13 acts, including Bounton, all have lowly 100/1 odds to win, but that could all change following Tuesday's live performance show.
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. In our "America's Got Talent" predictions center, you get to answer the following questions each week:
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.
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.
For example, if the majority of users think Blount 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 five acts will advance to the next round. And be sure to sound off on the current season of "America's Got Talent" in Gold Derby's reality TV forum.
Photo Credit: Rob Kim/NBC