“America’s Got Talent” winner Darci Lynne Farmer stopped by “Today” on Monday (Jan. 15) with her puppet pal Oscar. The teenage ventriloquist and her manic mouse did a duet on “Who’s Loving You,” a 1960 soul song by Smokey Robinson that was a big hit for The Jackson 5 in 1969. Hosts Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford were left (almost) speechless by this talented tyke, who is now 13.
Farmer and Oscar introduced their version of this tune on the quarter-final of “America’s Got Talent” this past summer. Farmer went to win season 12 of this reality competition series. Her prize was a gig at a Las Vegas casino. Demand for tickets was so strong that Farmer embarked on a national tour that just kicked off in Atlanta.
The “AGT” winner readily admitted to Kotb and Gifford that she is “super excited” to travel the country and promises her fans that she has lots of surprises in store for them. She says her life has been non-stop since she won over America last September. Among the highlights were those performances in the gambling mecca that left her (and her legions of fans) wanting more.
Farmer, who was the third ventriloquist to win “America’s Got Talent” after Terry Fator and Paul Zerdin, was the second pre-teen girl in a row to take the title following singer Grace VanderWaal. Auditions are currently taking place for the upcoming 13th season of “AGT.”