America's Got Talent Finale: Who Will Win? (And Who Should Win?)

Andy Swift

In less than 10 hours, a new winning act from America’s Got Talent will be heading home with $1 million — and I think I know who it’ll be.

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If I was a betting man, I’d put my money on ukulelist Grace VanderWaal or belter Brian Justin Crum. Not only do both singers consistently blow the judges’ minds — even Crum’s questionable arrangement of Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror” got the judges on their feet this week — but they’re the kind of acts I can actually see going on to big careers.

Historically speaking, six of AGT‘s 10 winners thus far have been vocalists, ranging from country crooner Kevin Skinner in Season 4 to singing impressionist Terry Fator in Season 2. And even though recent seasons have veered from that trend — giving the grand prize to acrobatic dogs, a martial-arts dancer, a magician and a ventriloquist — I still believe VanderWaal and Crum to be this season’s standout acts.

A close third in my personal race would be NFL star-turned-inspirational magician Jon Dorenbos, who consistently — and pleasantly — surprised audiences throughout his run on the show.

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That said, AGT is nothing if not full of surprises. As confident as I am in my belief that either VanderWaal or Crum will take home the million-dollar prize, it’s entirely possible that one of the other eight acts could be crowned victorious. (I mean, just look at an act like Tape Face. Did any of us think he would have made it this far into the competition?)

But enough from me. Vote for the act you think should win Season 11 below, then drop a comment with your reasoning.


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