If you’ve been keeping up with NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” then you know that singer Evie Clair has been a fan favorite all season long.
But the 13-year-old contestant, who has made it into the final rounds of the competition, may now be leaving the show due to personal reasons.
Her father, Amos Ablanalp, who had been battling stage IV colon cancer since before the beginning of her journey on the show, passed away on Sept. 7. The news came as a heavy blow for the entire “AGT” cast and crew. So much so that judges are letting Evie choose whether or not she wants to continue on in the competition.
“We reached out to the family and her and said, ‘It’s your choice whether you want to come on the show or not,'” “AGT” judge Simon Cowell tells “Extra.” “If she doesn’t, she definitely will be welcome to come on next year.”
Evie first captured hearts during her audition when she performed “Arms” by Christina Perri as a tribute to her cancer-stricken father.
“When my dad is having rough days, then I go into his room and I sing this song to help him feel better and just to give him comfort and strength to continue fighting,” she said at the time.
In addition to dedicating her performances to her ailing dad, she has also paid tribute to him through online posts and pictures. In an Instagram post on Sept. 14, she said a final goodbye to the man who raised her so beautifully.
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“Very beautiful ceremony for my sweet Daddy. God be with you ’til we meet again,” she wrote.
“America’s Got Talent” continues — with or without this brave girl — on Sept. 19.