‘America’s Got Talent’ Semifinals Week 1: Vote now for who’ll advance

Season 9 of “America’s Got Talent” has entered its first week of the Semifinals, so be sure to cast your votes now for who you think will advance tomorrow night and who will ultimately win.

Face off against fellow “AGT” fans every week here at Gold Derby by answering our questions before every results episode and you will earn points based on correct predictions. The winner of our contest at season’s end will win a $100 Amazon gift certificate.

Below, a brief rundown of this week’s “Semifinals, Week 1” contestants in order of their current Gold Derby winning odds.

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Emily West – 7/1 odds to win (pictured above)
Singer-songwriter Emily West, from Waterloo, Iowa, moved to Nashville at age 18 and had some success as a country music artist. But a few months ago, she wanted a clean slate, so she sold her car, packed her bags for New York City and never looked back. Emily’s dream is to have a one-woman show that tells stories through her songs. Her music inspirations include Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Rufus Wainwright and Antony and the Johnsons. Emily wears her heart on her sleeve and looks forward to sharing her music with America.

Aerial Animation – 17/2 odds to win
Abigail Baird’s Aerial Animation act is a contemporary illustration of circus, combining the classic arts of mime, puppetry, acrobatics and silent film with the modern canvas of projection. Encouraged by her family to follow her imagination, Abigail designed her own bachelors of arts degree that focused on puppetry, lighting design and sculpture in Santa Fe, New Mexico. After years of aerial and circus study in Europe, Abigail returned to the U.S. and created the first Aerial Animation with the help of her friend and animator Matthew Melis. Today, Abigail and partner Andy Cook train as circus performers under the instruction of Master Lu Yi. She also teaches circus as the Youth Program Director at Kinetic Arts Center in Oakland, California. Once, she was told by a stranger that as he watched her perform, he forgot he was not a child. For Abigail, this was the greatest compliment.

David and Leeman – 14/1 odds to win
David Blatter is a high school philosophy teacher and magician. He became interested in magic at age six and loves to test the boundaries of what’s real and what’s not. After living in London and New York pursuing a career in magic, David moved back to Los Angeles to pursue his second love – teaching philosophy. Leeman Parker is a part-time magician and full-time barista hoping to someday switch those two roles. He has been practicing and performing magic ever since receiving his first magic kit at the age of eight. Leeman has performed at the world famous Magic Castle as well as on the streets of Santa Monica. David and Leeman teamed up five years ago and have performed all over the U.S. In 2011, they wrote and produced their first magic and comedy show called “Filthy Liars: A Funny Magic Show” and premiered it at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Since then, they’ve produced and starred in two more shows: “How to Convincingly Fake Honesty” and “Magic and Other Dangerous Things.” David and Leeman live in Los Angeles and are excited to be on AGT.

Miguel Dakota – 16/1 odds to win
Twenty-one-year-old Miguel Dakota, from Monument, Colorado, received his first guitar at age 11 and has loved music ever since. By age 13, he was singing and writing music, which often became a source of support during any struggle he went through. After dropping out of college and coming home to help support his family, Miguel dove headfirst into pursuing his love of music. While working various construction and manual labor jobs, he has also found his place in music and a love for performing. His passion continues to grow and is furthered by his love for his family, friends and community.

Dan Naturman – 20/1 odds to win
Dan Naturman is a stand-up comedian from Stamford, Connecticut. He began performing 20 years ago as a student at Fordham University School of Law in New York City. After graduating, he decided to concentrate on comedy full time and never actually practiced law, though he uses his American Bar Association membership for discounts on rental cars. Dan has performed all over the country and has done shows for American soldiers stationed in Iraq. In his spare time, Dan enjoys studying French and has performed his act in French as an opening act for well-known French comedian Gad Elmaleh. He’s much better in English however. Dan is not married and has no children and that is not likely to change. He currently lives in New York City.

Sons of Serendip – 40/1 odds to win
The Sons of Serendip is a musical group of four friends who, through a series of serendipitous events, came together while pursuing graduate degrees at Boston University. Micah Christian, a teacher from Randolph, Massachusetts, is the lead vocalist of the group; Cordaro Rodriguez, an attorney from Charlotte, North Carolina, is the pianist and guitarist; Kendall Ramseur, a music teacher, performer and grocery clerk, is the cellist and vocalist; and Mason Morton, a music teacher, is the harpist to complete the quartet. They have each been playing their instruments since childhood, and they hope that this is the beginning of a long, beautiful journey of creating music that touches people’s hearts. On America’s Got Talent, they hope that their music will resonate deeply with listeners and make their lives a little better – even for just a moment.

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Mike Super – 66/1 odds to win
“Mystifier” Mike Super is a magician, entertainer and supernaturalist who cleverly blurs the lines between what is real and what is magic to create something truly breathtaking. As a child, Mike learned magic to mask what his spirit energy “Desmond” would do in his everyday life, and the combination of magic and Desmond produced unique emotional moments that people couldn’t help but connect to. Throughout his career, he has enchanted the public and Hollywood elite with his fun, supernatural style and his inimitable down-to-earth personality. Mike Super lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with his wife, two small daughters, his dog Moe and, of course, Desmond.

Andrey Moraru – 66/1 odds to win
Andrey Moraru was born in Moldova and moved to the U.S. in 2005. Always fascinated by body movement, martial arts and circus performance, he joined a circus studio in his hometown at age 11, where he spent four years training in many circus disciplines. He switched to hand balancing and attended the Kiev State College of Circus and Variety Art at age 15. During his time there, he was taught by Vitold Kuvshinov, the teacher of Europe’s most famous hand balancer, Anatoliy Zalevskiy. After performances across Europe, Andrey was invited to join the popular show “Le Reve” at the Wynn Las Vegas, then embarked on a 90-city North American tour. Andrey looks forward to sharing his art with America.

Flight Crew Jump Rope – 66/1 odds to win
Flight Crew Jump Rope, based in Boise, Idaho, is a professional jump rope team featuring the greatest jumpers in the world. They mix their own fun, creativity, personality and flare with inspiration from Lord of the Dance, Stomp and Cirque du Soleil. Their vision is to transform jump rope from a sideshow act to the main event – a spectacle of daring acrobatics, rhythmic movements, intense precision and high energy. In addition to creating the next big thing in acrobatic theatre, Flight
Crew Jump Rope is very passionate about spreading jump rope throughout the
world. The team travels across the globe, teaching jump rope skills to
children, teens and adults. Through jump rope, they emphasize the
benefits of a healthy lifestyle and the rewards of determination, persistence and hard work, while always focusing on having fun.

Paul Ieti – 66/1 odds to win
Twenty-one-year-old Paul Ieti is a singer and soldier currently stationed at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Georgia. He’s from the small island of American Samoa, where his family currently lives. He recently returned from a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan and hasn’t seen his family since before he left. Paul has been singing since the age of eight, and the powerful effects of music have helped him through hardships in his life. He believes he’s been blessed with talent so he can share it with the world.

Bad Boys of Ballet – 100/1 odds to win
Bad Boys of Ballet is a fresh, new dance group comprised of some of the hottest, most talented and versatile male dancers in America. Led by the sole girl in the group, choreographer Adrienne Canterna, each Bad Boy was hand selected based on his extraordinary physical abilities, passion for dance and sexy, six-pack physique. The BBB mission is to push the boundaries of dance and to deliver the most exciting dance shows in the world. The BBB style is a cool hybrid of classical ballet, hip-hop, acrobatics and more. Bad Boys of Ballet is ballet for the 21st century!

Mara Justine – 100/1 odds to win
Twelve-year-old Mara Justine is a shy girl with a big voice. The fourth of five siblings, she’s been singing with her family for as long as she can remember, and her brothers and sisters are her biggest fans. Mara puts her heart and soul into every song and often dedicates her performances to her late grandmother, who was very proud of Mara’s amazing talent. Mara lives with her mother and siblings in Galloway, New Jersey.

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