Singing ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer, who won “America’s Got Talent” back in Season 12, recently returned home to NBC for her first holiday special, “Darci Lynne: My Hometown Christmas.” Among her many performances in the hour-long variety show, Darci Lynne took on the classic tune “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” before being joined by her trusty rabbit puppet Petunia. Watch Darci Lynne’s performance above.
“With a little help from my friends, and I mean a whole bunch of friends, this is my first Christmas special,” Darci Lynne shouted as the entire theater jumped up in excitement. Darci Lynne then performed “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” with by a live band and a group of child backup singers. After the song she thanked the audience and said, “I can’t do my first Christmas special without my friends, right? Everybody give it up for my Golden Buzzer buddy Petunia!”
Petunia took issue with the way she was introduced, asking, “Um, Darci, what is this ‘my Golden Buzzer buddy’ stuff? I’m pretty sure I got the Golden Buzzer, so that makes you my Golden Buzzer buddy.” Petunia then took a jab at her human companion, joking, “By the way, I noticed that you’re getting good at singing with your mouth open. Don’t get used to it. People expect to see me.”
The audience oohed and aahed as Darci’s baby picture was shown. “Five pounds of mushy baby head,” Petunia told the now-14-year-old Oklahoma resident. “Still think I’m the one with the big head?” Throughout the special Darci’s other puppet friends Oscar, Edna and Katie also appeared, along with superstars like Kristin Chenoweth, Toby Keith, Hunter Hayes, Pentatonix, Lindsey Stirling, Rickey Minor and Lonnie Chavis.
Darci Lynne will next be appearing in NBC’s “Americas Got Talent: The Champions” spinoff series, which premieres January 7, 2019. She’s one of 50 acts from around the globe who are returning to compete for the title of “AGT” Champion. Besides Darci Lynne, the other returning winners from the American version include singer Bianca Ryan (Season 1), dancer Kenichi Ebina (Season 8), ventriloquist Paul Zerdin (Season 10) and magician Shin Lim (Season 13).