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Which Act Do You Want to Win the ‘America’s Got Talent’ Wildcard Spot?

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The America’s Got Talent wildcard winner is one of the most talked about topics among longtime fans of the show. Five acts battled it out in a special episode on peacock. Only one of them will join the Top 36 based on votes cast on Twitter. Which act will snag the coveted AGT wildcard spot?


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1. Dylan Zangwill

Dylan Zangwill blew the roof off of the theater during his audition of “Somebody to Love” by Queen. The 14-year old performed “House of the Rising Sun” for his wildcard performance. His vocals were gritty and raspy which set him apart from the other two singers that night. He was definitely the crowd favorite and earned a lot of votes immediately after his performance.

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2. Matt Mauser

Matt Mauser spoke in his audition about his wife who tragically passed away in the same helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant. He sang “The Way You Look Tonight” for his wildcard performance. The performance was full of emotion because it was the first song he and his wife danced to at their wedding. Matt has made it clear that he did not come onto AGT to win, but to teach his kids to pick their heads up.


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3. Storm Large

Storm Large has been waiting for over 30 years for her shot at stardom. The 52-year-old left it all out on the stage during her wildcard performance of “I Want You to Want Me” by Cheap Trick. Storm tweeted that Robin Zander from Cheap Trick saw the cover and called it “fantastic.” Her voice is very unique and she could be the rockstar that the show is missing.

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4. Mike Goodwin

Stand-up comedian Mike Goodwin is funny, but we were a little shocked by his wildcard appearance. Cam Bertrand did not make it into the Top 36 and we assumed he would be the comedian in the wildcard. Mike did make the audience laugh a lot and did get quite a lot of support from the AGT voters on Twitter.

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5. Patrick Kun

Patrick Kun is a master of sleight of hand magic. With a little assistance from Terry Crews, Patrick pulled off a crazy card trick. The magic category on the show this year is not super strong. A magician like Patrick is definitely needed to add a little more variety to the show that is currently filled with singers.


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Who Will Win the Wildcard Spot?

Voting for the AGT wildcard closed on August 13 at 7 a.m. ET on Twitter. People continued to tweet their votes after the deadline, which will not be counted, and caused confusion. The majority of the votes cast after the deadline were for Storm. It is clear that Patrick and Storm still dominated the votes before the cutoff.

Another problem is that some of these votes will not count because each Twitter account was only allowed to vote once per act. Many fans were incorrectly tweeting their votes to the point that Matt actually began correcting fans on how to properly vote.

Despite all of the votes that will not count, either Patrick or Storm will likely win the wildcard. Patrick’s performance was probably the most captivating of the night. Close-up magic has long been a favorite among AGT fans. Storm’s performance was good, but we already have so many great singers in the competition, this is Patrick’s time to shine.

The winner of the wildcard will be announced tonight during the last Quarterfinals episode. That person will earn the remaining spot in the Top 36 and perform alongside the rest of the contestants. They will be eligible to earn America’s votes to get them through to the Semifinals like the rest of the acts.

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