It was a shock when Darci Lynne Farmer, the singing ventriloquist who won “America’s Got Talent” in 2017, didn’t get put through to the final of “AGT: The Champions.” She auditioned on the second episode of this spin-off and earned a standing ovation for her routine with her puppet pal Oscar the mouse. While the four judges — Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel — sang her praises, the superfans opted to put rock opera singer Cristina Ramos through to the final instead.
But Darci Lynn was given a second chance to shine when it was decided to let her compete in the final as a wildcard. She was thrilled to get this lifeline. As she told the panel “I always love a good competition. The chance to have the world champion title is awesome.” Darci Lynne won season 12 of “AGT” over another child, singer Angelica Hale, who gets to compete in the final as well after getting the Golden Buzzer from Howie Mandel.
Darci Lynne returned to the stage with her good luck charm, Petunia. She and her puppet pal wowed the crowd with their duet on an Italian opera aria. In our live blog of the “AGT” finale, we had this to say about Darci Lynne’s act: “For this performance she partnered with puppet Petunia, her lucky charm that helped her win the first time. Together they continued what appeared to be the theme of the night, opera. Simon called the Italian opera song Darci Lynne’s best performance ever and Howie lauded the fact that she managed to hide her ability to sing opera through her entire original season.”
Watch Darci Lynne’s performance in the video above and then vote in the poll below as to which of the 12 acts you want to win the first season of “America’s Got Talent: The Champions.” And be sure to sound off with your thoughts on the show and who did (and didn’t) make the final.