‘America’s Got Talent’ season finale: Winner is Paul Zerdin, runner-up is Drew Lynch

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America’s Got Talent” Season 10 came to a close Wednesday night with ventriloquist Paul Zerdin earning the grand prize of $1 million and a headline show in Las Vegas. But how did the other contestants place in the show’s finale rankings for the landmark 10th season? And did YOU predict the results?

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According to our exclusive “AGT” odds that were derived from the predictions made by hundreds of users like you, Zerdin had leading 1/1 odds (50% chance to win). Our second place choice was a tie between comedian Drew Lynch and magician Piff the Magic Dragon, both who had 6/1 odds (14% chance to win). While Lynch was the show’s eventual runner-up, Piff shockingly didn’t even make it into the Top 6 of Season 10.

Rounding out the show’s final five, mentalist Oz Pearlman wound up in third place, The Professional Regurgitator came in fourth place and The CraigLewis Band placed fifth. The other five acts weren’t ranked, but all tied for last place: Piff, Benton Blount, Gary Vider, Uzeyer Novruzov and Derek Hughes.

In our “AGT” predictions center, we’ve been asking users like YOU to predict the ultimate winner all season long. Hundreds of users cast their votes, but only one claims Gold Derby’s prize of a $100 Amazon gift certificate and eternal bragging rights: Jean Ieong.

Jean answered every question this season and tops our overall Season 10 leaderboard with 85% prediction accuracy and 173,319 points. To see how this user was able to out-score the other hundreds of predictors, see her entire prediction history here.

We have a second prize to give away as well, as Vinny did the best at scoring the Season 10 finale. If eligible, as per our contest rules, he will also win a $100 Amazon gift certificate.

Vinny is one of only two people to reap perfect 100% accuracy while predicting the final week, though he broke the tie with his high point score (1,850) thanks to using his special 500 and 200 point bets wisely. See his finale predictions here, which include Zerdin as the winner, Lynch as the runner-up and Pearlman as the third place act.

America’s Got Talent” may be over, but Gold Derby is still forecasting everything from the Emmys and Oscars to “Survivor” and “The Amazing Race.” 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.

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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.

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 forecasts throughout the week, just click “Save Predictions” when you’ve settled on your choice.

Get started by making your prediction as to which castaway will be voted off the island next. And be sure to sound off on the current season of “Survivor” in Gold Derby’s reality TV forum.

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