Auditioning on May 30 in America’s Got Talent Season 12, ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer vowed all four judges, with Mel B pressing the Golden Buzzer.
Winsome in her ways, you wouldn’t think she needed to overcome her shyness two years ago and she did that by working with her puppet Petunia, a rascal of a rabbit.
There was certainly no trace of nerves when she started to perform Summertime, the ballad from the George Gershwin opera Porgy & Bess. Her sweet little voice was soon overpowered by that of Petunia’s, and the two soon got into a battle for supremacy in their duet.
Mel B was so impressed by Farmer that she pressed the Golden Buzzer, sending Farmer straight to the semi-finals. Viewing figures back the Golden Buzzer decision; in just three days, Farmer’s audition was watched by more than 175 million people on YouTube and Facebook.
Farmer could well become the third ventriloquist to win America’s Got Talent, following Terry Fator and Paul Zerdin who prevailed in seasons two and 10, respectively. And last year’s winner, Grace VanderWaal, was another 12-year-old who sang.