LOS ANGELES – Twelve-year-old singing ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer emerged as champion of the 12th season of the reality competition “America’s Got Talent”.
Farmer is the third ventriloquist to win the competition after Season 2 winner Terry Fator and Season 10 champ Paul Zerdin. She is also the third female and third child to win the contest.
10-year-old Filipino-American singer Angelica Hale was runner-up to Farmer.
Farmer won for herself US$1 million and will headline a show in Las Vegas.
After AGT host Tyra Banks announced that she is the winner, Farmer broke down in tears. Hale, overcome by emotion, went over and hugged Farmer. Farmer’s brothers then went upstage and embraced Darci Lynne.
Prior to the announcement of the winner, Fator and Farmer performed “Anything You Can Do” from the musical and movie “Annie Get Your Gun”. Fator brought along his turtle puppet Winston while Farmer had her rabbit puppet Petunia.
Hale, on the other hand, performed “Stronger” with the song’s artist, Kelly Clarkson, and fellow AGT contestant Kechi Okwuchi. The song was apt for Hale and Okwuchi.
Hale suffered a bacterial infection when she was younger and became critically ill. Her Filipina mother donated her kidney to Angelica for her survival. Since then, she pursued her dream to be a singer and participates in fundraisers for children’s healthcare.
Okwuchi was one of only two survivors in a plane crash in Nigeria in 2005. She had to undergo 75 surgeries that left her scarred. But that didn’t stop her from her goal to be a singer.
The other AGT finalists were Evie Clair, Chase Goehring, deaf singer Mandy Harvey, comedian Preacher Lawson, dog trainer Sara & Hero and dance groups Light Balance and Diavolo.
The AGT finale was held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Wednesday. GAC/Expat Media
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