Angelica Hale lost season 12 of “America’s Got Talent” on Wednesday (Sept. 20). The little girl with the big voice was edged out by another child performer, 12-year old singing ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer who won the $1 million grand prize and a contract to headline at a Las Vegas casino. While Hale may have been the runner-up, she was a winner earlier in the evening when she got a chance to sing “Stronger” with “American Idol” champion Kelly Clarkson.
Before the results were revealed, all 10 finalists took to the stage one last time to perform with big-name talents. Hale and fellow singer Kechi were the first of the finalists to have one last chance in the spotlight. They began performing “What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger)” together and were soon joined by Clarkson, who came to fame as the very first winner of “Idol” back in 2002.
Hale had been one of the nine Golden Buzzer acts that were sent straight through to the “AGT” quarterfinals. She had won over guest judge Chris Hardwick on July 18 with her soaring rendition of “Girl on Fire” by Alicia Keys. He had been brought to tears when he learned that she was only four years old when she needed a kidney transplant and her mother donated one of hers.
She told Hardwick that she wanted to be next Whitney Houston and she certainly proved that with all of her performances. On the first quarterfinal, she scored with Zedd‘s “Clarity” and then wowed the crowd on the second semifinal with her rendition of “Without You” by David Guetta featuring Usher. And she had all four judges standing at the end of her rendition of Clean Bandit‘s “Symphony” on the final.
Gold Derby had been predicting that Hale and Farmer were in a tight race to win “AGT.” In our exclusive odds, Farmer had a slight edge over Hale and the results proved that to be the case. Were you happy with the result? Sound off in our comments section below.