For the finals, each act performed twice, once an act they already performed before, and later with an original.
The acts were not kept in the same order from one round to the other, so instead, I will be discussing the acts in order from what I would consider to be the least likely to win all the way down to the most.
#6: Cami Bradley
For her repeat performance, Bradley performed her quarter-final performance of "Song For Me" by Cher, which was as brilliant and unique unto herself as ever.
Later, she performed "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" by the Beatles, also reinvented to her own style.
It wasn't easy picking the finalist to sit at the bottom of this list, but I ultimately had to settle with Cami Bradley because, though she is unquestionably a superstar, her style would be best described as innocent and fragile. Of the six finalists, she is the one most likely to have a long-term career after this season is over, but the judges kept saying "wow!" and that they were looking for "Wow!" moments.
Cami Bradley deserves admiration, but she doesn't look like an act that is giving it everything they've got down to their very last breath because they want that million dollars more than anything. Cami Bradley just is what she is.
Simply put, everyone who votes for Kenichi Ebina tonight will be voting for what he has done and not for what he did.
Ebina chose to reprise his open call "Matrix" performance, which he could have expanded upon tremendously with his big screen selves.
Instead, Ebina just danced rave style amongst a bunch of green laser effects.
His original performance involved him dancing with various other versions of himself as one great big dance crew.
Yes, that's it. There was nothing more beyond that; it was just synchronized dancing.
Mel B. was especially critical, saying that the performance "was a little bit off" and that it "didn't blow me away like you have done every single time."
Stern and Mandel once again tried to cut her off, with Mandel literally needing to be pulled away from his microphone to stop yelling at America over and over again to vote for Ebina, and Stern reminding America that "he goes home and creates what you just saw."
That may be true, but it's equally important to consider what he created. And when you consider the things that Ebina could have done for his grand finale performance, this was very disappointing.
It's not even worth discussing. Everyone already knows everything there is to know about Williamson and knew whether or not they were going to vote for him in advance. Williamson literally could have just closed his eyes and fallen asleep on the stage and the TayLords would still be spamming votes for him.
Which is why, even with the TayLords spamming votes all night with their millions of puppet Twitter accounts, I am predicting that Taylor Williamson will come in the same place he originally came in: 4th place. Assuming AGT isn't fully aware that the TayLords' votes are fraudulent and hasn't just been stringing them along all this time to keep the ratings up.
3) Jimmy Rose
Yes ladies and gentlemen, I do believe somebody may have done enough to unseat Jimmy Rose as the winner. I'm just a little uncertain as to who.
As expected, Rose did an encore of "Coal Keeps the Lights On," which got the response from the judges, Howard Stern especially, that he'd always been looking for.
His second performance was a Garth Brooks cover, and this was when the judges turned on him again. Howie Mandel said he wanted to hear Garth Brooks singing it, while Stern lamented the lack of a "knock-out punch" from Rose.
This may have taken some of the wind out of Rose's sails, but I would still be very surprised if he was not in the Top 2 at the end. Rose's base, like Williamson's, will support him until the end.
I do believe, however, that the mighty Jimmy Rose might be outdone by another tomorrow. It's just a question of who managed to put it over the edge.
Forte is the more obvious choice. They performed brilliantly both times, first performing an encore of "The Prayer," their Las Vegas performance, then closing the night by covering Pavorotti.
"I don't even want to like this opera," Stern said of the group, but conceded that he did.
Were there no Twitter votes, I would say that Forte is the obvious winner. The last act, however, has proven to have a solid fan base that can rival even the fraudulent numbers of the TayLords.
For that reason, and because he delivered two more solid finals performances, he is my pick to win the grand prize on America's Got Talent 8:
1) Collins Key
If I had known that the finalists would have to perform twice, I would have picked Collins Key as the absolute least likely finalist to win. Either one of these performances could have backfired on Key and doomed his chances of winning completely.
Instead, Key once again demonstrated his versatility, and may have actually sealed the deal for this season.
Since he couldn't perform the exact same trick, he was permitted leeway and chose to do an encore of close-up magic in general. For his trick, he had Mel B. and Heidi Klum each pick a card and write their names on them.
He then asked Klum and Mel B. to bite down on the cards together. That image alone was worth voting for.
The trick was that, despite the card being guarded by two of the judges in this way, the two cards fused together into one double-sided card with both of their signatures still intact. Klum expressed bewilderment because she was completely focused on the card, while Mel B. called it his best perforamnce so far.
For his original performance, Key posted a video on Youtube the night before. He also revealed that twenty-six people had taken a picture in a photo booth of themselves holding up a hashtag, which he asked three of the judges to randomly select.
After having the people whose photos were selected step forward, the video played, in which Key described the attires of the three people and named the hashtags they were holding up.
As an added bonus, Key revealed that he knew which photographs were picked by having all twenty-six people turn their cards around to reveal one of the twenty-six letters of the alphabet, with the three people selected possessing the three letters of his last name.
These two solid performances, combined with his impressive fan following as the so-called Justin Beiber of magic, I honestly believe may be just enough to take the title away from Jimmy Rose and fulfill the dream of a magician finally winning it all on America's Got Talent.