I am going to open up this topic where everyone is free to discuss what they think of this season's acts and make predictions on who's going to win. (Let's keep the harsh comments to a minimum.) I'll also make lists ranking the acts that perform each night.
For now, here is who I can picture in the Top 4:
Lys Agnes: I would like to start by saying that this girl has two of the Three Handicaps: Attractiveness and Sympathy, therefore making her quite a dangerous act right from the get-go. But aside from that, she IS a very good singer, as her audition showed. I can see her making it to the Finals, especially since opera singers always make it far in this game. And I would say that if a singer HAS to win YET AGAIN, I think she should be the one. You may notice that with the fine exception of our Season One winner, Bianca Ryan, all of the winners were male singers who were over 30 (and yes, that includes Terry Fator). I think if this years winner was at least a FEMALE singer in her 20s, that would be a step forward. But other than that, she may be the best singer in the game (from what I've seen).
Landau Eugene Murphy Jr.: While Lys Agnes would at least be a mild subversion from the last three winners, Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. would, for the most part, continue the trend. He's charming, he's male, he's in his 30s, and he overall has a very unique singing voice. I considered Ryan Andreas in such a position, but since he was axed, Landau is who I think may very well win this season. I do like this guy, and I'm rooting for him to go far, but 3rd or 4th can't hurt, can they?
Silhouettes: These kids have a very unique act, and as long as they bring their A-game to each round, they can definitely go far. First of all, they have the Cuteness Handicap on their side. I don't think there's ever been an act with ANY of the Handicaps (excluding the singers) that held so much potential. As long as they know what they're doing, they could already be well on their way to the Top 4. Hell, I might even root for them to win. After all, it will be a HUGE subversion from the other winners: A group of youths, mostly female, who DON'T sing. However, it does seem that since Bianca Ryan, America's not willing to vote for child acts as the winners...But at the same time, this isn't completely a child act. Who knows, maybe America will see that the kids in this act are in good hands and will actually vote for them to win.
Matt Wilhelm: You probably don't know who this guy is. While I didn't quite see the final results last night, I do believe that this is the winner of the Youtube Auditions (although acrobatic ballerina Beth Ann Robinson was pretty close behind him last I checked). For the most part, he's a stunt biker, as you can plainly see in his other videos. But in his audition video, he added blacklighting into the act, making it even cooler. While a common complaint is that he's copying the style of Fighting Gravity last season (which I must admit appears to be the case), it's still a very cool act, and as long as he knows how to utilize it for the AGT stage, he could definitely go far. While he does have rivals in the Visual Arts category, primarily Team iLuminate, I see him as the one with the most potential. Whether or not he wins is a completely different matter...
Other potential front-runners:
Anna Graceman: Child singers are usually bound to go far, at least the ones that stand out over the other child singers.
Team iLuminate: I do find it predictable that these guys might wind up in third this season with Lys in second and Landau in first.
Comparing the last two seasons:
Winner: Country guy with guitar.
Runner-Up: Female opera singer.
Third Place: Cool performing arts group.
Fourth Place: Opera cabaret act.
(Not as likely this season, though.)