In anticipation of Tuesday’s live “America’s Got Talent” semifinals on NBC, a new frontrunner has emerged on our winner’s chart: Paul Zerdin. This popular ventriloquist now has 13/5 odds to win, just barely squeaking by Japanese dance crew Siro-A, who are now down in second place with odds of 14/5. Do you agree or disagree with our users’ rankings? 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.
According to the odds that are derived from the predictions made by users like you, either Zerdin or Siro-A will win the $1 million prize and headline their own show in Las Vegas. But since there are 22 acts still in the running, it’s truly anyone’s game.
Following these two frontrunners, singer/guitarist Benton Blount is now in third place with 11/2 odds to win, and then there’s a two-way tie for fourth place between singer Samantha Johnson and comedian/magician Piff the Magic Dragon (14/1 odds apiece).
Rounding out our Top 8 are mentalist Oz Pearlman (25/1 odds), comic Drew Lynch (33/1 odds) and magician Derek Hughes (50/1 odds). All other acts have lowly 100/1 odds to win, but there are still three weeks left to vote in our prediction contest and influence the rankings.
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.
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