We’re down to 24 acts and the competition is tougher (and closer) than ever. This week, a few of our favorites were eliminated and others performed again.
Based on performances to date, here is how we think acts will rank when a champion is crowned in September.
Remember, our projections 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.
Results will be updated each Thursday.
RANKINGS THROUGH 08/17/2011 Last week’s rankings
|#1 LANDAU EUGENE MURPHY, JR. (Singer) We keep looking for a reason to give someone else the top spot, but simply can’t find one. This competition is his to lose.
|#2 ANNA GRACEMAN (Singer) She’s cut from a different mold than Jackie Evancho, but could end up finishing in the same spot! Still, rock superstar Avril Lavigne thinks 11 year-old Anna could go all the way!||2|
|#3 DANIEL JOSEPH BAKER (Singer-Pianist) Final Four! Fierce! There is not much else to say.||3|
|#4 POPLYFE (Teen Band) The only thing to love more than their music is their unity. Kehliani Parrish is a solo star on the rise, but says she’d never ditch her band-mates. “They are definitely ones to watch,” Piers says.||4|
|#5 SNAP BOOGIE (Dancer) Solo dancers have never done particularly well, but Snap may be an exception. He gave his best performance of the season in Hollywood while nursing a leg injury! “That performance could be in Vegas tomorrow,” Piers told him after. We agree.||5|
|#6 LYS AGNES (Singer) Opera singers usually do well on ‘AGT’ (Jackie Evancho, Barbara Padilla), but this Denver retail worker didn’t come through as strong as we had hoped in her last performance. Still, she has an amazing voice!
|#7 SILHOUETTES (Shadow Dancers) We’re not sure anything these kids do will be as flat out impressive as their patriotic routine a few weeks ago. But we can hope||8|
|#8 TEAM ILUMINATE (Light-up Dancers) Sure, their act is super cool to watch. But even after a spectacular live performance in Hollywood, the novelty is starting to wear off. So far this season we have seen a glow-in-the dark juggler and a glow-in-the-dark stunt bike rider.||9|
|#9 LANDON SWANK (Magician) Landon moves down a few spots this eek based on his last performance. While we still think he can go far, the underwater escape illusion didn’t live up to the hype. All he really did was hold his breath for a minute…
|#10 MATT WILHELM (Stunt Bike Rider) He is the only noteworthy act to come out of the YouTube auditions but will have to step it up a few notches to stay in the competition. There is only room for one glow-in-the dark act and Team iLuminate seems to bring more to the table.
BUBBLING UNDER: West Springfield Dance Team
DARK HORSE: Steven Retchless
Do you agree? Disagree? Let us hear about it in the comments section…