Lightwire Theater – who bill themselves as an “electroluminescent puppet show” – burst into our rankings at #3 after an amazing performance last Tuesday.
The rock and roll artists replace American BMX Stunt Team (who we still think will return later in the season as a “wild card” act).
Our predictions are based on overall performance, diversity of the act, audience reaction, judges remarks, internet commentary, and how similar acts have fared in the past. We have absolutely no knowledge of actual voting results.
(NOTE: Last year we correctly predicted 4 of the top 5 acts — including the overall winner — before the first live show ever aired!)
Results will be updated each week.
RANKINGS FOR WEEK 4 (Performances through July 17, 2012)
|#1 TIM HOCKENBERRY (Singer, 49)
Howard Stern thinks he’s the singer to beat. We think he can and will win it all. America is touched by both his story and his singing chops. It’s Tim’s contest to lose. But we’ll have to wait until after the Olympics to hear him sing again.
(Watch Tim’s audition)
|#2 ANDREW DELEON (Singer, 19)
Almost 3000 fans have signed an online petition to bring Andrew back as a “wild card”. They obviously don’t realize that he was only eliminated as a publicity stunt. HE WILL BE BACK. And his fans will have his back this time.
(Watch Andrew’s audition) (Read our exclusive interview)
|#3 LIGHTWIRE THEATER (Electroluminescent Puppet Show)
Last year Team illuminate finished in third place. These guys are great, but they will have the same ultimate problem. America votes for acts they can get personally invested in. That’s why the solo singers always win. It is simply too hard to put a face on an act that performs in the dark.
(Watch their last performance)
|#4 UNTOUCHABLES (Dance Team, 8 – 13)
They impressed the Hell out of us last week. These kids are good. And more fun to watch than last year’s finalists, Miami All Stars.
(Watch Untouchables audition)
|#5 DAVID GARIBALDI & HIS CMYKs (Performance Artists)
Look up some of their other routines on YouTube. These guys are just getting started.
(Watch their audition)
|#6 TOM COTTER (Comedian, 48)
After watching this season’s “other comic,” Jacob Williams, we really should have moved Tom up a spot or two.
(Watch Tom’s audition)
|#7 EDON (Singer/Pianist, 14)
Edon slips a few spots this week for no other reason than other acts appear to have more momentum. He is a cute kid and a great singer. He still could go far. But the fact that he finished in the 4/5 spot and the judges had to bail him out makes us think he may not be able to rally the votes to make it to the finish line.
(Watch Edon’s audition)
|#8 JOE CASTILLO (Sand Artist, 54)
What this guy does is flat out remarkable. And something we have never seen before on ‘AGT.” Fun fact: a sand artist won this year’s edition of ‘Ukrane’s Got Talent’.
(Watch Joe’s audition)
|#9 ALL WHEEL SPORTS (Stunt Bike/Dance Act)
Ok, we messed up. Motorcycle and stunt bike acts are always popular with voters — but we bet on the wrong horse (American BMX Stunt Team). These guys not only do dangerous trick on wheels, they incorporate gymnastics, dance and more. Their last performance killed!
(Watch their last performance)
|#10 MARY JOYNER (Singer, 21)
We still expect her to return and make a sprint for the finals.
(Watch Mary’s audition) (Read our exclusive interview)
BUBBLING UNDER: Olate Dogs
DARK HORSE: William Close
DROPPED OUT: Spencer Horsman, Inspire The Fire
Do you agree? Disagree? Let us hear about it in the comments section…