‘AGT’ Fans Have Come Up With a New Conspiracy Theory About the Show’s Winners
If there’s one thing we’ve learned about America’s Got Talent fans this summer, it’s that they certainly love their conspiracy theories.
A few weeks ago, a hot topic of discussion among the show’s fandom was a theory that surfaced in 2016 about the shows winners, stating that the genres of the victorious acts were on a 10-year cycle. You can read our article on the subject for more details, but the theory proved to be false this season. In Season 3, the winner was Neal E. Boyd, so the winner of Season 13 would have had to be another opera singer for the theory to hold weight. So when Daniel Emmet was eliminated on Wednesday night’s season finale, it was all over.
However, the victory of card magician Shin Lim led fans to immediately switch to another conspiracy theory that had popped up on Reddit a few weeks before the finale. Known among the AGT fandom as the Boomerang Theory, this one is based on a more complex pattern among the show’s champions. Check it out!
Rather than the show repeating winners (or at least the talents of winners) every decade, this theory states that it works more like a mirror, with no obvious pattern emerging until Season 12, when the genres of victorious acts began working backwards. (Season 11 serves as the midpoint, so it doesn’t have a “twin season” in this theory.)
So far we’ve seen this theory hold up twice, with the two seasons directly before and after the midpoint both having ventriloquist winners, and the next two seasons out from the center both having magicians as their champions. It’s worth noting that the “decade loop” theory also held up twice before being disproved (with the Season 1 and 10 winners being young female singers and Season 2 and 12 winners being singing ventriloquists) so it has yet to be seen if this new theory holds any more weight than the previous one.
If the pattern does continue, the next past season on deck is Season 8, whose champion was dancing mime Kenechi Ebina. That means if this theory is true, the next winner will be a dance or mime act. We’ll also get to find out if upcoming spin-off series America’s Got Talent: The Champions will prove to be included in this trend, or if it will just be the regular numbered seasons. Considering The Champions is set to be an all-star season of sorts, maybe Kenechi will return and win again! (Though I have to admit, I’m personally rooting for another mime – Season 11 fan-favorite Tape Face – to make his grand return and become victorious this time around.)
So there we go. If AGT: The Champions or next summer’s Season 14 has a dance or mime act as the winner, the theory will remain in play. But if not, I’m sure the show’s fans will quickly come up with another new theory for us to dissect.