Grace Vaderwaal, the 12-year-old girl who wowed America with an original song during her America’s Got Talent audition, did it again last night with yet another incredible original.
The 12-year-old wunderkind ukulele player with the soulful voice brought the house down during her AGT live performance Tuesday in an effort to make it to the semi-finals of the NBC talent competition.
Grace’s effort left life-hardened judge Simon Cowell leading the standing ovation, while the rest of the AGT judges tripped over themselves to come up with the appropriate Vander-Wow praise.
Grace’s original song, Beautiful Thing, written for her sister, was absolutely beautiful, perfect and exactly portrayed what an amazing artist Grace is and will be in the future.
During his judging moment, Howie Mandel pointed out that Cowell had already said the singer could be “the next Taylor Swift.”
But Mandel took this praise one big step further, breathlessly announcing that Grace would be “bigger than Taylor Swift. I predict you are the biggest star to ever come out of this show.”
Cowell, too, got to praising quickly: “Some of the stuff you were playing, maybe the notes were wrong, the voice is a bit croaky at times. But that is what makes you perfect.”
“There’s something so sweet and so charming about you and so real,” said Cowell. “I am going to predict we’re all going to remember the moment in years to come when we saw Grace sing live for the first time.”
Judge Heidi Klum simply called her “one in a million.”
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