Two Singers Steal the Show on ‘AGT’ — and One Gets the Golden Buzzer (VIDEO)
Last night’s episode of America’s Got Talent was full of emotional performances and adorable contestants.
One of the best of the night was 9-year-old Angelica Hale who wowed the judges with her powerful performance of Andra Day’s “Rise Up.”
"I want to be the next Whitney Houston. I want to be a superstar," she said when she got onstage.
"And I'm so happy to be here, because I've been watching your show on Youtube and now I'm like, in it! And I'm so awestruck."
Simon Cowell was especially moved by the little girl’s performance, saying, "You're tiny, your voice is huge, and I have a feeling we may be looking at a star in the future."
All four judges — Mel B, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, and Simon — all voted “yes” and moved Angelica on to the next round.
Before her performance, Angelica’s mother and father revealed their daughter was close to dying just five years ago.
"When she was four years old, we brought her into the emergency room and that's when we found out she had double pneumonia and her kidneys stopped working,” her father said.
Needless to say, that didn’t stop Angelica from blowing the roof of the theater.
The final performance of the night was from Mandy Harvey, a singer-songwriter who completely lost her hearing at 18 due to a connective tissue disorder.
In fact, the 29-year-old had to completely re-learn how to sing.
“I’ve been singing since I was four. I left music after I lost my hearing and then figured out how to get back into singing with muscle memory using visual tuners and trusting my pitch,” she told the judges.
Mandy played the ukulele and sang a beautiful song called “Try,” which she wrote herself about her experience being deaf.
“After I lost my hearing I gave up, but I want to do more with my life than just give up,” she said when asked about the meaning of the song.
Needless to say, her emotional performance earned a standing ovation and Simon even hit the Golden Buzzer, sending Mandy all the way to the live shows!
The performance captivated America and even caught the attention of Dancing With the Stars champ Nyle DiMarco, who is also deaf.
"Congrats @mandyharvey on @AGT!!! I love it when deaf people break barriers!!!” he wrote on Twitter.
We can’t wait to see what Angelica and Mandy perform next!
America's Got Talent airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.