Picture the scene: it’s the America’s Got Talent: The Champions finale, and the country’s sweetheart ventriloquist extraordinaire Darci Lynne Farmer has center stage. This time, she’s accompanied by cheeky old lady puppet “Edna” and Muppet royalty “Rowlf the Dog.” The mood is buoyant, and expectations are high.
Had such an amazing time with Bill Barreta and Rowlf The Dog for the #AGTFinale!! Edna couldn’t have asked for a better partner on stage 😉💕
As it turns out, Simon Cowell and puppet Edna go way back. They originally met in the America’s Got Talent season 12 semifinals: Edna professed her love for Simon and serenaded him with Aretha Franklin‘s 1967’s heartwrencher “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.” The audience was, naturally, overjoyed.
The cunning Darci Lynne has woven a hilarious story arc in the intervening months. It was quickly revealed to a panel of joyful judges that Simon neglected to call Edna after her declaration of love on stage, and the crotchety old woman had developed something of a complex about it.
We could watch this Darci Lynne and Rowlf The Dog duet all day.
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“I heard you guys are touring your show and that’s terrific!” Rowlf the Dog commented, whilst expertly playing a jazzy background number on his piano. “It’s so, so exciting,” responded Darci, as Edna shook her head. “She says she can’t sing anymore,” Darci revealed.
“What’s the matter, ventriloquist got your tongue?” Rowlf quipped, to the delight of the audience.
Cue Edna’s feisty response: “I’ll tell you what the problem is,” she barked. “People don’t call you back when they say they’re gonna call you back!” Purposefully misunderstanding, Rowlf retorted: “Gee, I don’t even think I’ve got your number …”
“Not you!” Edna barked back. “Him! It’s that Simon fella!” Darci’s loveable old lady puppet thrust her cane in the direction of a bemused Simon sitting on the judges’ panel, taking a sip of water from his takeaway cup. “He doesn’t call me anymore!” Edna shrieked. “I believe I’ve lost him, for good.”
“I can’t breathe,” the lovesick puppet continued, the audience in peals of laughter having cottoned on to the storyline by now. “I can’t eat, I can’t find my dentures! I can’t … I can’t smile without him!”
Edna’s last comment, beautifully dramatized by a grinning Darci Lynne, led seamlessly into a meandering piano-accompanied rendition of Barry Manilow‘s “Can’t Smile Without You.” Rowlf mastered the keys and sang along with a suddenly invigorated Edna.
I am SO grateful for the amazing experience of returning to #AGTChampions!! Thank you guys so much for your support, I had the most fun coming back on. Thank you to everyone involved from @AGT and @NBC! These memories will last a lifetime. Congrats again to @ShinLimMagic!!! ✨💗 pic.twitter.com/xF8cwyKCh0
— Darci Lynne (@ItsDarciLynne) February 20, 2019
The old lady finished the song with an emphatic line: “I just can’t smile without you … Simon!”
Darci’s clever story arc, the beloved Muppet cameo, and Edna’s hilarious performance had the audience on their feet. A standing ovation, once again: Darci, you are a revelation. But it wasn’t over yet. Simon, to the surprise of everybody in the auditorium, got out of his chair and walked purposefully up to the stage.
“I actually love you,” said the enraptured judge, approaching a gobsmacked Edna. Simon then planted a huge kiss on Edna’s fuzzy face, and apologized: “And I’m sorry I haven’t called.”
— America’s Got Talent (@AGT) February 19, 2019
Edna’s jaw hung open in disbelief as the ever-professional Darci looked on, giggling, but nonetheless still delivering a perfect performance. Edna dropped her head onto Darci’s shoulder in a dramatic faint.
“Edna, how do you feel?” asked host Terry Crews. “I think she passed out,” replied Rowlf, dryly. Slowly regaining her composure, Edna finally found the words: “He makes my heart flutter! I love you Simon!”
It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for. ✨
— America’s Got Talent (@AGT) February 18, 2019
“I love you too,” came Simon’s authentic response, floating across the ether from the judges’ panel.
This was one hilarious team of puppets, one extraordinary puppet master, and a finale performance worth its weight in gold. Darci, results notwithstanding, you will always be a champion in our eyes!
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