America’s Got Talent fans have crowned the winner of season 12, but there were some mixed emotions when some fan-favorites were eliminated.
There was a plethora of talent to choose from on the stage with year, with singers, dancers, a comedian, and a dog act for America to choose from.
With 52-million votes cast ahead of Wednesday’s results show, it proved the top ten finalists had some competition for the crown.
Kechi Okwuchi, Evie Clair, Angelica Hale, Chase Goehring, Mandy Harvey, Preacher Lawson, Darci Lynne Farmer, Diavolo, Light Balance and Sarah & Hero performed for your votes for the final time at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, and they each made it a difficult choice to crown a winner.
However, only 12-year old Darci Lynne, 9-year-old Angelica and the dance troupe Light Balance made the top 3.
For many this came as a shock, thinking that Kechi, Mandy and Evie would have been likely shoo-ins for top 3, potentially winning it all.
Evie Clair shockingly returned to AGT following the tragic death of her father, just a week previous.
“My dad always told me after I started something, to always finish it. That’s why I’m fighting until the end, just like he did,” Evie said.
She sang “What a Wonderful World” as a tribute to her late father, since it was his favorite song.
Mandy is a Deaf singer that previously in the night performed a duet with Shania Twain.
After losing her hearing when she was 18-years-old, she told her story of her intense soul-searching to reunite herself with her passion.
“After I lost my hearing I gave up, but I want to do more with my life than just give up,” she said, “[I] figured out how to get back into singing with muscle memory, using visual turners and trusting my pitch.”
She brought the audience to tears in her audition which caused Simon Cowell to hit the Golden Buzzer.
Kechi, also a young singer, has a story that most people can’t even dream of enduring. When she was just 16-years-old she was on board a flight that crashed over Nigeria, claiming the lives of 107 passengers. She was just 1 of 2 survivors of the crash.
“Lying in the hospital bed with bandages from head to foot. Not being able to more or do anything else, music was my escape. And that’s why it means so much to me,” Okwuchi told the AGT judges.
She continued to stun audiences during her performances, which left many people wondering how she didn’t make it into the top 3.
So what did the winner deliver that put them over these fan favorites?
Imagine being a 12-year-old performer standing in the national spotlight and being told you just won $1 million dollars and are heading to headline a show at the Mirage hotel and casino in Las Vegas. Crying isn’t a shocking reaction at all.
As Darci Lynne describes the moment after the show, “It was waterworks right here on this face. It was like a water faucet.”
Standing next to her friend, and runner up, Angelica Hale, all the feelings she had bottled up all just came flooding out.
It wasn’t until her family ran onstage to celebrate with her, that she noticed her younger brother had tears in his eyes too.
I’m really, really happy because my little brother cried and he’s never cried before,” she said. “And it made me laugh too, because I’m like, ‘You’re crying, man. You’re crying.’”
Runner up Angelica Hale also shared in the tears of joy in an Instagram post.
“Tears of joy!! Congratulations @itsdarcilynne I ❤️U! #AGT@agt#AGTFinale,” she wrote.
The young ventriloquist stole the hearts of Americans and the judges with her hilarious and singing puppets.
She impressed judge Mel B, who used her coveted Golden Buzzer to send her from auditions straight to the live shows.
“I was very, very shy but America’s Got Talent has given me a voice and more confidence than I could ever have,” Farmer said in her video package before she made the top five on Wednesday.
Watch her final performance that won her the million here:
Once she had pulled herself together, she was ready to share her exciting dreams about what she will do with her winnings.
“I have to get my mom a dishwasher, and maybe get a fridge along with it,” Farmer said. “I want a pug so bad, because I love puppies and it’s been a long time since I had a puppy. They have wrinkles and fat rolls and they’re so cute.”
Congrats on the big win Darci!
Here’s how the Top 10 placed after the votes:
1. Darci Lynne Farmer
2. Angelica Hale
3. Light Balance
4. Mandy Harvey
5. Sara and Hero
7. Preacher Lawson
9. Evie Clair
10. Chase Goehring
Did any of these surprise you? Share with us in the comments.
Source: USA Today / People / Hollywood Life / People