‘America’s Got Talent’ finale: Howie Mandel picks Olate Dogs, William Close

For the first time ever on “America’s Got Talent,” we are going to have a winner this season that really does not use singing as a selling point. Before now, the closest thing we had to something different was singing ventriloquist Terry Fator all the way back in season 2.

So what does this change for the finale man? Basically, we are now looking at a situation where it is really anyone’s game as to who could end up winning. Every act brings something different to the table, and the champion may be determined largely on who has the best night at the right time. Speaking to NBCUniversal Direct on this very subject (which you can see more of in the video below), one of the lead judges in Howie Mandel predicts that we are going to have a top two this year of acts that could not be more different: the Olate Dogs and Earth Harp player William Close. Even with this prediction,¬†though, Howie admits that even he is unsure of how the voting could go, and comedian Tom Cotter is a serious darkhorse to take home the grand prize given how talented he is and how popular a good comic is in America.

The video also includes interviews with the likes of Close, artist David Garibaldi, and sand creator Joe Castillo. All of these people have had their moments on the show, and really the only bit of controversy in our eyes is that The Untouchables managed to make the finale over Lightwire Theater; even with this, though, you could say that the Team iLuminate comparisons hurt the latter group.

So who do you think is going to win this season? Be sure and share some of your thoughts below, and head over to this link to check out our official predictions for the grand finale.

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