When this season’s “America’s Got Talent” kicked off, we all learned pretty quickly that we weren’t dealing with ordinary tweens and teens. A group of poised, gracious and insanely talented youngsters took the stage with confidence, exited the competition with grace, and the winner, 12-year-old ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer, won with humility and tears. Lots of tears.
As Darci Lynne heard her name called, she doubled over, covering her face with her hands until runner-up Angelica Hale came to her with a warm and precious embrace.
After having a moment to celebrate and compose herself, Darci Lynne took the red carpet and gave a very grown-up reason for her emotions. “I have no words, just tears,” she said laughing. She then explained, “It means so much to me that America voted for me and I get to see all of my friends and family supporting me and crying with me. It just made me feel so overcome with joy. And tears. Lots of tears.”
Joy — a word we don’t hear a lot these days, yet it was her choice. And instead of bashfully backing away from her tears, Darci Lynne owned them.
The petite, braided blonde also admitted that it was hard to compete against 10-year-old Angelica, but that she was also joyful that they shared the stage together.
And speaking of sharing, Darci has big plans for the $1 million that she won in the competition. “First, I am definitely going to give some money to my mission program at church,” she said. “Then I have to get my mom a dishwasher.” Then, just to remind us she is still a young girl, Darci added that she was going to get a pug … if her mom and dad let her.
Congratulations to Darci, and to Angelica, too, who also has a promising career ahead of her. You both give us added faith in the future!