According to exclusive Gold Derby predictions, 13-year-old singer Courtney Hadwin will soon be named the winner of “America’s Got Talent” 2018. The talented teen has leading 11/8 odds to prevail, putting her far ahead of her second place competitor, close-up magician Shin Lim. Both acts recently sailed through to the Season 13 Semifinals after receiving enough votes from America during their live Quarterfinals performances at the Dolby Theatre. Will Courtney run all the way to the finish line and join the “America’s Got Talent” winners list?
Courtney Hadwin is by far the most viral “AGT” act of the year, amassing more than 200 million views on social media. Her first appearance of “Hard to Handle” back in the auditions earned her Howie Mandel‘s Golden Buzzer. Courtney wasn’t seen again until last week’s Quarterfinals, where she performed “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag” and received a standing ovation from the judges and studio audience. Howie later bragged, “I think mine’s gonna win,” when comparing his Golden Buzzer pick to Mel B‘s choice of Amanda Mena.
While Shin Lim doesn’t have as big of an online presence of Courtney, he’s still one of America’s favorite acts. The close-up magician’s card tricks impressed Howie back in his original audition so much that he raved, “That is the best sleight of hand I have ever seen.” Shin later returned in the Judge Cuts and wowed guest judge Olivia Munn with his tricks involving making the four Aces disappear and then reappear. For his live Quarterfinals performance, Simon Cowell said that he hopes Shin “moves away from the cards” going forward.
Here’s how Gold Derby readers rank the top acts of “AGT” Season 13: Courtney Hadwin is first at 11/8 odds, Shin Lim is second at 13/2 odds, Glennis Grace is third at 11/1 odds, We Three is fourth at 12/1 odds, Sacred Riana is fifth at 18/1 odds, and Vicki Barbolak is sixth at 33/1 odds.. Do you agree or disagree with these rankings?
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