The twelfth season of “American’s Got Talent” on NBC came to a close last week, following another intense period of fierce competition from performers of every conceivable stripe. Interestingly, when Finals Night came around last Wednesday, the last two remaining contestants left before a grand winner would be declared by host Tyra Banks, were two young girls. One was a singer and ventriloquist from Oklahoma City, and the other was a 10-year-old medical survivor from Atlanta. In the end, 12-year-old Darci Lynne Farmer emerged victorious against all comers, but it was still all good for Filipina-American Angelica Hale, for she finished in second place as runner-up.
As CNN Philippines tells it, little Angelica became a darling of the audience and judges when she took the stage on Finals Night of “America’s Got Talent” season 12 last September 20. Her final performance piece was a stirring rendition of “Symphony” by Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson, in which she finished off with some impressive vocalizations towards the end. Ultimately it was not enough for Hale to beat the just-as-phenomenal Darci Lynne, but the young diva was already grateful enough that she had the chance to compete all the way.
“Couldn’t be any happier!” wrote Angelica on her Twitter page. “What an incredible journey, thanks to ‘AGT’ & America for having me along until the very end!” Of course that is not quite the end of the “Talent” journey for her, as she will be joining Darci and the other Top Ten acts of season 12 during the live post-show performances on November 3 and 4 in Las Vegas.
Born in 2007 to half-Filipino, half-Caucasian James Hale and full-Filipina Eva Bolando, Angelica showed an aptitude for singing as early as age 2. But according to ABS-CBN News, her life was imperiled when she was 4 by a bout of severe pneumonia followed by septic shock-induced multiple organ failure. A kidney transplant from her mother helped Angelica pull through. Following some formal voice lessons, she began competing and performing for both charitable functions and events like the 2015 US Open and Miss America 2017.
Her audition for “America’s Got Talent” 12 was clinched by her cover of “Rise Up,” and during the Judges Cuts she got guest judge Chris Hardwick’s Golden Buzzer by singing “Girl on Fire” by Alicia Keys. Hale’s ticket to the Finals was another powerful performance, her semifinal piece being “Without You” by David Guetta and Usher. It looks like Angelica is all set to follow Simon Cowell’s prediction that she will be “a star in the future.”
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