‘America’s Got Talent’ controversy: Why are there no female finalists yet?

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America’s Got Talent” prides itself on being all-inclusive. With no age limit and no restriction on talent, anyone and everyone has a shot at the $1 million grand prize. Anyone, apparently, except for women. When “AGT” announced its first five finalists this week, there wasn’t a female in sight. Will the same gender bias occur next week when the second group of finalists are revealed? 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.

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It’s true, every single one of this week’s acts that was led by or included a woman — Samantha Johnson, Arielle Baril, Mountain Faith Band — was cut before the final lap. Even Japanese dance crew Siro-A, which is choreographed by a woman, was eliminated, too.

While America is mostly to blame since they’re the ones casting the votes, the judges also hold some responsibility by putting through the fifth male act — The CraigLewis Band — during the judges’ save instead of Johnson.

Besides CraigLewis, the other four finalists are comedian Drew Lynch, magician Derek Hughes, mentalist Oz Pearlman and singer/guitarist Benton Blount.

Of the 11 acts performing live next week on NBC, only five feature women: Sharon Irving, Alicia Michilli, Alondra Santos, Daniella Mass and Freelusion Dance Company.

If you want to see a woman in the finals, you should be voting for them in our prediction center. That will help boost their odds on our charts over the male frontrunners.

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?

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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.

If the majority of users think Irving will go through, that means she’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.

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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 acts will advance to the finals. 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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