On the eve of the Finals show of the popular talent competition show “America’s Got Talent,” a reputable entertainment news site known for predicting results of awards and reality TV shows is seeing a possible win for Filipino-American child sensation Angelica Hale.
GoldDerby.com posted on Monday, September 18, (Tuesday, Manila time) that the 10-year-old Angelica, a kidney transplant survivor who lives in Atlanta, Georgia, could actually win the competition and upset the current frontrunner, singing ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer.
Darci, who is only 12 and, like Angelica, is still a child, has been the site’s frontrunner leading into the finals with a 10/9 odds of winning “America’s Got Talent.” Her odds, however, plummeted to 6/5, which is also now the same odds for Angelica.
“Darci Lynne Farmer may regret being the ‘America’s Got Talent’ frontrunner from the very start of the season. With just hours left before she performs in the “AGT” final on Sept. 18, this singing ventriloquist has seen her lead over another talented tyke, Angelica Hale, evaporate. Indeed, Hale, a little girl with a big voice, now has the edge to win,” wrote the Gold Derby’s Paul Sheehan.
Historically, both child performers have a strong chance of winning it all in “America’s Got Talent.” The show, now on its 12 seasons has been big on singers, who have won a total of six times. Two of these winners were child singers, namely Bianca Ryan who won on the show’s very first season when she was only 11 and last year’s winner, Grace Vanderwaal, who was 12.
If Angelica wins, it would be the second straight season that a child singer has emerged as winner.
Darci, however, is also in good company. Ventriloquists have won twice, with Terry Fator winning in the second season and Paul Zerdin winning in the tenth.
The other finalists are acrobatic dance group Diavolo, light up dancers Light Balance, stand-up comedian Preacher Lawson, dog act Sara and Hero and singers Chase Goehring, Evie Clair, Kechi Okwuchi and Mandy Harvey.
The Finals show is scheduled on September 19, Tuesday (Wednesday morning, Manila time) with the Season Finale happening the following day, September 20, Wednesday (Thursday morning, Manila time).