“America’s Got Talent” recently crowned its 12th winner, with 12-year-old ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer prevailing over runner-up Angelica Hale, a 10-year-old singer. While many “AGT” fans are happy for Farmer and are planning on seeing her Las Vegas show, others believe that Hale should have been named the Season 12 champion. That makes us wonder, is Hale your favorite runner-up of all time, or does another act hold that title in your heart? For a refresher of the past “America’s Got Talent” winners, click through our photo gallery above and then be sure to cast your vote in our poll below.
Hale is just one of the many singers who came up short at the finish lines during their seasons. Fellow singers Emily West (Season 9; lost to Mat Franco), Jackie Evancho (Season 5; lost to Michael Grimm), Barbara Padilla (Season 4; lost to Kevin Skinner), Eli Mattson (Season 3; lost to Neal E. Boyd) and Cas Haley (Season 2; lost to Terry Fator) all just missed out on winning the million dollar prize.
During the show’s first season, there were two runners-up: male clogging group All That and singer/guitar and harmonica players The Millers. Since that initial installment, the second-place act has always been named during the final moments of the season by the “AGT” host.
Other than singers, another type of act that always comes close to earning the $1 million check are stand-up comedians. Tom Cotter (Season 7; lost to Olate Dogs), Taylor Williamson (Season 8; lost to Kenichi Ebina) and Drew Lynch (Season 10; lost to Paul Zerdin) were all within striking distance of being the first comedians to ever prevail. As of this writing, a comedian has yet to win “Americas Got Talent.”
Two other variety acts became runners-up in their cycles: dance group Silhouettes (Season 6; lost to Landue Eugene Murphy Jr.) and mentalist duo The Clairvoyants (Season 11; lost to Grace VanderWaal). Of all of these talented acts, who is your favorite runner-up? Let us know by voting in our poll below.