Despite being one of the most successful “America’s Got Talent” winners of all time, teen ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer was shockingly eliminated in the second episode of spinoff series “America’s Got Talent: The Champions.” Of the 10 acts from around the world who performed on Monday, January 14, one advanced thanks to Heidi Klum‘s Golden Buzzer (extreme knife throwers Deadly Games) and the other was voted through thanks to the Superfan voters (opera/rock singer Cristina Ramos). Did the Superfans goof by sending home Darci? Vote down in our poll below.
The 14-year-old Oklahoma native, who recently hosted her own Christmas special, took to the stage with her adorably sassy mouse puppet Oscar, who joked that “AGT” judge Simon Cowell was “wearing the same clothes” that he did two years ago. Since Oscar’s love life isn’t doing very good, Darci tasked him with impressing his female fans with a fun Tina Turner medley of “Nutbush City Limits” and “Proud Mary.”
After their duet the judges gave Darci a standing ovation. Howie Mandel said that she was a “seasoned professional.” Mel B admitted that Oscar “won my heart with that.” Heidi Klum raved that she’s “one of the most unique” acts they’ve ever had. And Simon Cowell confessed that he was “literally blown away.” Unfortunately, Darci only came in second place in the Superfan vote so she was sent home.
In his “AGT” live blog, our recapper John Benutty had this to say about Darci Lynne Farmer’s performance: “Darci set the standard very high for the rest of the night, receiving a standing ovation from the judges and audience. [Simon] also said that Darci deserves to be the world champion, but without Heidi’s Golden Buzzer it’ll take the votes of the superfans to get her to the next round.”