“America’s Got Talent” kicked off Season 12 on Tuesday night with a crackerjack show capped off by Darci Lynne Farmer, a 12-year-old ventriloquist who wowed all four judges. This talented tyke from Oklahoma City, OK already had the fearsome foursome — Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and Mel B. — rooting for her with her winsome ways. She admitted that she began working with her puppet Petunia, a rascally rabbit, just two years to overcome her shyness.
There was certainly no trace of nerves when she started to perform “Summertime,” the ballad from the George Gershwin opera “Porgy & Bess,” that became a signature song for Ella Fitgerald. Her sweet little voice was soon overpowered by that of Petunia, and the two soon got into a battle for supremacy in their duet.
Mel B. was so impressed by Farmer that she pressed the Golden Buzzer, sending her straight to the semi-finals that will air live on NBC, beginning on August 15. Do you think she made the right decision?
After all, two ventriloquists — Terry Fator and Paul Zerdin — won seasons two and 10 respectively. And last year’s winner, Grace VanderWaal, was another 12-year-old who sang.
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