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We’re always blown away by the poise, grace and professionalism that some young performers — some not even old enough to drive — exhibit under the most extreme conditions. But this time we aren’t talking about conditions like bright stage lights, critical judge’s eyes or even a sold-out venue. This time, it’s personal.

During a recent performance on “America’s Got Talent,” talented teen Evie Clair stepped into the spotlight and melted hearts with her ethereal rendition of Macy Gray’s “I Try.” What was not known to most of the audience is that Evie’s father is fighting cancer.


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Judge Simon Cowell, who has had the reputation of being ruthless and harsh, asked the petite blonde what the song’s lyrics meant to her. “Kind of just, that a lot of things are happening right now,” she said. And then her voice broke. “We don’t really know what’s going to happen next,” she continued.

In her video package, 13-year-old Evie explained that her father had been diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer, and even after chemotherapy, his tumors continue to grow.

Simon asked Evie if she needed a moment before she sang, and the little professional collected herself, shook her head and delivered … magic.

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Judge Howie Mandell told Evie, “I have two girls and a son, and when I listen to you, I hear the voice of an angel singing to her daddy. I don’t think you can ask any more of a performer than to move your heart, and I feel moved. It was beautiful.”

Indeed it was.

Evie is one of seven competitors who advanced to round 3 after the July 25 episode. We wish her well and send prayers and healing thoughts to her dad.

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