Halfway through the first “America’s Got Talent” results show of season 13, last year’s winner, Darci Lynne Farmer, returned to perform. This teenage ventriloquist brought along one of her favorite furry friends, Petunia. The two did a duet of the song “Show Off” that had the audience on its feet. Watch the two perform in the video above.
Among those cheering from home was our live blogger John Benutty who made the following observations about Darci Lynne: “Though her ventriloquy act hasn’t strayed too far from what it was last year, she is certainly more confident and polished now, exuding true star quality. And can I just say, Petunia’s voice is as incredible as ever!”
The four judges – Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and Mel B — beamed with pride as they watched her shine. Mel B was especially pleased, as she was the judge who singled Darci Lynne out for special treatment at her audition by giving her the Golden Buzzer. That sent her straight to the live shows where she easily romped to victory.
Among this year’s contenders, Courtney Hadwin could have the same hold on the audience as Darci Lynne. She too is a Golden Buzzer act (courtesy of Howie) and is also just a teenager. She easily sailed through the first quarterfinal with her searing rendition of the James Brown soul classic “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag.”