The future couldn’t look any brighter for 13-year-old Evie Clair in terms of chasing her dreams. All season long, the Arizona native has been wowing judges with her incredible voice on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.”
But staying positive can be quite a challenge for the teenager when it comes to her personal life.
You see, Evie’s father, Amos Ablanalp, is currently battling stage IV colon cancer, and was only given a five percent chance to live.
Evie revealed the heartbreaking news of her father’s illness during her “AGT” audition, in which she performed Christina Perri’s “Arms” — a song she sings to her father when he is feeling down.
Despite Amos’ ailment, he’s been keeping up with Evie’s journey on the show, and has even made it to a few of her onstage performances. But on Aug. 23, he was sadly forced to watch his daughter’s performance from a hospital bed.
A video, which you can see above, shows Amos emotionally watching his daughter on television. The clip shows how proud Amos is of his little girl, who performed Birdy’s “Wings” as tribute to her parents on their 20th wedding anniversary.
“Good luck, baby! I’m sorry I missed it live,” Amos shouts, while awaiting results to see if Evie’s performance got her through to the next round. “No matter what, you’re the best.”
Once Evie was announced as being safe, Amos was overcome with emotion. He covered his eyes and fought back tears.
Evie will now move into season 12’s “America’s Got Talent” semifinals, which air Sept. 5 on NBC.