Angelica Hale got the Golden Buzzer from judge Howie Mandel on the January 21 episode of “America’s Got Talent: The Champions.” This sent the pint-sized singer straight through to the finals on this spin-off of “AGT.” That Angelica got the Golden Buzzer over the likes of 2008 “Britain’s Got Talent” winner Paul Potts tells us to keep an eye on this tiny talent in the final next month. Watch her winning performance of “Fight Song” in the video above.
Angelica first came to fame on season 12 of “America’s Got Talent” in 2017. After making it through the audition process, she faced judges cuts with the four regular panellists (Mel B, Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel) plus guest Chris Hardwick sitting in judgement.
Hardwick was so wowed by her performance of “Girl on Fire” by Alicia Keys that he hit his Golden Buzzer, which earned the then nine-year-old a spot in the live shows. She won over America with not just her talent but her determination. When she was only four, Angelica was diagnosed with kidney disease and her mother donated one of hers.
While she lost to singing ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer in the 2017 “AGT” final, Angelica has gone one step further than her one-time rival in this new competition. Viewers will remember the shock in episode 2 on Jan. 14 when Darci Lynn lost the superfans vote to rock opera singer Cristina Ramos, the winner of the 2016 edition of “Spain’s Got Talent.”
On that same episode, daredevil act Deadly Games got the Golden Buzzer from Heidi Klum. Also in the hunt for bragging rights to the first world champion title are the 2009 runner-up on “Britain’s Got Talent,” Susan Boyle, who won over Mel B on the premiere and got her Golden Buzzer; and stand-up comic Preacher Lawson, who won the superfan vote in episode 1 on Jan. 7.