She had no tragic backstory. No disability or disfiguring scars. No major media market voting base.But with puppets and pipes good enough for “The Voice,” 12-year singing ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer of Oklahoma City on Wednesday won Season 12 of “America’s Got Talent.”
It fulfilled predictions of handicapping sites and millions of fans, who flooded Twitter with congratulations and told-you-so’s. She’ll collect $25,000 a year for 40 years — the $1 million prize.
USA Today noted: “For the last several weeks, a myriad of singers, dancers and other talented acts impressed the judges and the country with their talent, inspiring and encouraging people to embrace their dreams.
“Vocalist Evie Clair showed admirable strength in the midst of loss, performing just days after her father’s death, as deaf singer Mandy Harvey proved you can make the impossible possible, learning to love music again despite being unable to hear it.”
Darci Lynne brought back her puppet Petunia on Wednesday for a performance of “Anything You Can Do (I Can Do Better)” with fellow ventriloquist Terry Fator, who won season 2 of AGT. Fator now headlines his own show at The Mirage hotel in Las Vegas.
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