‘America’s Got Talent’ Finale 2014: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Tonight kicks off night one of the two-part finale for America’s Got Talent. Get all the info on the finalists, predictions, the grand prize, and the celebrity performers.

1. There Are Six Finalists In the Running

The six finalists performing for the win are Emily West, Miguel Dakota, Quintavious Johnson, Sons of Serendip, Acro Army, and Mat Franco. Franco is a self-taught magician who has been practicing magic since he was 4 years old. Miguel Dakota melts the hearts of all the panting women out there whenever he sings and plays guitar. Emily West is a country star who has come to AGT to re-invent herself. Quintavious Johnson is the 12-year-old vocal prodigy and AcroArmy’s acrobatics are unparalleled. Lastly, is the quartet Sons of Serendip who hale from Boston.

Which contender will take the win?

2. Big Names Are Performing With the Finalists

The NY Daily News reports:

The season 9 finale of the hit NBC talent competition will feature an impressive guest line-up, coupling several big name celebrities with the show’s finalists for their last performances before the winner is announced.

Cyndi Lauper, Travis Barker, Lenny Kravitz, Jennifer Hudson and Train are coming on board for the finale performances. Lauper is paired with Emily West to sing “True Colors,” Kravitz will sing “America Woman” with Miguel Dakota. Hudson is teaming up with Quintavious Johnson to sing and Train will join the Sons of Serendip for a killer performance. Barker will drum it up for AcroArmy’s set and magician Mat Franco’s celebrity partner is Rosie O’Donnell.

3. The Predictions Are In

The performances are tonight, but the results will not be aired until Wednesday, September 17, 2014. According to the Gold Derby predictions, here are the odds for the finalists:

Mat Franco, the magician, is the frontrunner of America’s Got Talent (AGT) Season 9 (2014) with 11/10 odds in favour. Emily West, the singer, stands at 27/20 and Quintavious Johnson, the child singer, has 9/1 odds in his favour. Sons of Serendip and Miguel Dakota have 12/1 and AcroArmy is predicted least likely winners of Season 9 (2014) of America’s Got Talent.

As far as how the judges feel, Mel B believes Quintavious Johnson could take the win. However, Howie Mandel feels Miguel Dakota has a really good shot, especially because he’s so popular.

4. Two Big Artists Are Performing Solo During the Show

Ed Sheeran and Pitbull will each perform on their own during the finale. Sheeran will be performing his hit song “Don’t” and Pitbull will pump things up with his song “Fireball.” Pitbull is said to be performing, accompanied by the Rockettes.

5. The Winner Gets More Than Just the Cast

For this season’s winner of America’s Got Talent, the performer who wins gets $1 million in prize money, plus, they will be headlining at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas for the show “America’s Got Talent Live.” The show kicks off at the end of the month.