Singing ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer was declared the winner of “America’s got talent” season 12 in the nerve-wracking results episode on September 20. This 12-year-old Oklahoma talent won the $1 million prize and will get a chance to headline her own show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Before the announcement of the winner, the two final spots were left for Farmer and the 10-year-old Filipino-American singer Angelica Hale. Tyra Banks went for a cliffhanger that lasted a few seconds, leaving the two girls in tears.

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As the host read her cue card, the singing ventriloquist was announced the winner and Hale was declared first runner-up. Farmer’s two brothers then went up on stage to hug their sister and all the four judges also celebrated with them.

Incredible performances

Darci Lynne Farmer discovered the act of ventriloquism at a church event and from then on, she decided to pursue this talent. The puppets featured in her performances helped her gain confidence, as seen from her many appearances on this season of “America’s Got Talent.”

During her final performances on Tuesday, this young talent chose a hit from The Beatles, “With a Little Help From My Friends.” Along with her puppets Petunia and Oscar, she received a standing ovation from the judges.

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“You could win this. You are so poised. I still don’t know how you do it because I try to watch when your mouth is moving. You are professional, you’re amazing. Absolutely amazing,” Mel B, the judge who gave her the Golden Buzzer commented.

Meanwhile, Simon Cowell said her performance made him see an emerging star, adding that she is “incredible and talented." He also told her that she was probably going to win the competition.

During the results night performance, Farmer came back with a rendition of “Anything You Can Do (I Can Do Better” with another ventriloquist Terry Factor, the winner of the second season of the show, USA Today reported.

America’s vote

The acts who made it through the top five were Farmer, Hale, dance group Light Balance, singer Mandy Harvey, and dog act Sara and Hero. The third place was given to Light Balance, with Harvey and the dog act duo earning the fourth and fifth place respectively.

“American Idol” winner Kelly Clarkson was invited to Wednesday night’s episode, and performed “Love So Soft.” She also sang with finalists Hale and Kechi Okwuchi. Auditions for the next season of “America’s Got Talent” will be announced soon.

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