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Young singer Evie Clair moved the audience to tears when she took the stage on Sept. 5, during the semifinals on NBC’s “Americas Got Talent” and dedicated her performance to her dying dad.


The 13-year-old Arizona native delivered a rousing rendition of “Yours” by English singer-songwriter Ella Henderson. Evie stunned with her airy vocals while playing a piano decorated in paper flowers. The smoke-filled stage was also covered with pink floral arrangements, which made the entire performance seem like a dream.

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But what was even more compelling was Evie’s dedication to her dad, Amos Ablanalp, who is currently battling stage IV colon cancer. Fans may recall the performer shared the news about her dad during her audition performance. She also revealed at the time that he was only given a five percent chance to live.

“I think we forget you’re only 13-years-old, and you’re already going through so much,” judge Mel. B commented after Evie’s earnest performance. “So, I have to commend you on your courage and your confidence. Your voice is beautiful, you look beautiful and, yes, your dad is so, so proud of you. I hope America votes for you.”

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As do we!

Fans can keep up with Evie’s journey on “America’s Got Talent” Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7 p.m. CT on NBC. As she continues to bravely follow her dreams in the midst of uncertainty, we continue to pray for her and her dad.

Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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