Howie Mandel Says THIS Act Is His Pick To Win ‘AGT: Champions,’ NOT V. Unbeatable

Howie Manel on "AGT: The Champions"

During Monday night’s semifinals on AGT: The Champions, judge Howie Mandel shared his prediction for which act will win the whole competition. It might surprise you that his choice wasn’t V. Unbeatable, the dance group who received his Golden Buzzer.

Instead, Howie shared his belief that singer Marcelito Pomoy has the “best shot” at winning the show. Check out Marcelito’s incredible performance below, and find out what the judges had to say.

Watch Marcelito Pomoy perform in the semifinals of “AGT: The Champions.”

Howie Mandel Predicts Marcelito Pomoy Will Win ‘AGT: Champions’

Marcelito won Pilipinas Got Talent thanks to his ability to sing in both a male and female voice. For the semifinals, he performed “Time to Say Goodbye,” famously sung by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman.

He received a standing ovation from the judges, after which Howie Mandel told him, “I believe that you have the best shot of winning this whole thing.” He added that Marcelito “raised your game,” joking that the male version of him “went up a notch,” and the female version couldn’t keep up.


Heidi Klum was just as complimentary, saying she’d been “waiting all day” for Marcelito to perform. “For me, you are my favorite,” she said. Simon, meanwhile, encouraged him to take a bigger risk in the finals. (Marcelito was voted by the superfans to move on, so we’ll see what he does next week.)

Watch V. Unbeatable’s Golden Buzzer performance.

Why Doesn’t Howie Think V. Unbeatable Will Win?

You might remember that Howie chose not to press the Golden Buzzer for Marcelito Pomoy in the preliminaries. He said Marcelito was “worthy” of it, but that it was too early in the night to choose. (This was before Simon stole his Golden Buzzer to send Boogie Storm through to the finals.)


Howie ended up hitting the Golden Buzzer for V. Unbeatable, the Indian dance group who finished in fourth place last season on AGT. “I love you, and I love what you do, and I love what it means to you,” he told them, sharing how he felt their disappointment when they lost.

You might have expected V. Unbeatable to be Howie’s choice to win the show, but it looks like Marcelito has that honor now. We’ll have to see if his opinion changes when both acts perform in the finals next week.


Jill O'Rourke
Jill O'Rourke

Jill O’Rourke is a contributor at Talent Recap, writing news stories and recaps for shows like ‘AGT,’ ‘The Voice,’ and ‘American Idol.’ She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and Film Studies, and has been writing about pop culture since 2012, with previous bylines at Crushable and A Plus. Jill spends her free time binge-watching sitcoms and daydreaming about life as a hobbit

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