After a dark time, “America’s Got Talent’s” Evie Clair finally has a reason to smile YouTube/America's Got Talent
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Evie Clair had such an emotional journey on season 12 of “America’s Got Talent.” As she rose through round after round on the show, the young singer struggled with the fear of losing her father, Amos Abplanalp, who was battling stage IV cancer.

Sadly, her dad died less than two weeks before the season finale. And it was initially unclear whether or not she’d continue on in the competition.

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Well, she did. And, her decision to return was no mistake.

During the finale episode, which aired on Sept. 20, the 13-year-old singer got to share the stage with one of her biggest inspirations. She teamed with British “X Factor” champ James Arthur to sing her original song, “Okay Day.” You can check out the performance in the video above.

After duetting with James, Evie shared her appreciation for him, and for those who helped bring light into her world during a dark time.

“Every second of this whole experience has been absolutely amazing,” she wrote on Instagram. “I’m so happy I was able to perform with the amazing @jamesarthurinsta23!!!”

“I was so star-struck and can’t believe I got to met him, and have him perform my original song with me, on the finale of ‘America’s Got Talent,'” she continued. “If you told me this was going to happen a few months ago, I would have told you that you were crazy. So amazing!”

Evie, who fell short of making the top five, went on to congratulate the season 12 “AGT” winner, ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer, for taking home the grand prize.


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“Thanks to everyone who made it awesome and congrats to the amazing @itsdarcilynne for taking it all home. You definitely deserve it! Love you all lots,” she wrote.

We love you too, Evie!

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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