Simon Cowell Pegs ‘America’s Got Talent’ Contestant as Next Taylor Swift
The tweens continue to deliver big talent on “America’s Got Talent.”
Twelve-year-old Grace Vanderwaal stunned the judges of the NBC show on Tuesday, June 7, when she graced the stage to perform an original song—ukulele in hand.
“I’m doing my own song tonight, because I think that shows who I am,” she said before the performance.
When asked by Simon Cowell if she can win the talent competition show, Vanderwaal responded, “Miracles can happen, so possibly.”
With nothing but her voice and a ukulele, the young singer stunned viewers with her performance, resulting in a standing ovation from all four judges and the crowd.
“This is a show about surprises and you used the word ‘miracle,’ and I think you are a living, beautiful, walking miracle,” said Howie Mandel.
“Your original words about people not knowing your name is so right and so wrong because I think the world is going to know your name. And I think right now they’re going to know your name because…” he said, as he reached over to slam the Golden Buzzer.
The Golden Buzzer sends contestants straight into the live shows.
With confetti raining from the ceiling, VanderWaal is flanked by her family as they all shed tears.
In the midst of falling gold confetti, Cowell offers a bold prediction.
“Grace, You know what I predict for you? I think you are the next Taylor Swift,” he stated as VanderWaal thanks him for the comparison.
He added, “I hundred percent think we got a star. I really do think this girl is special. I’m now annoyed I didn’t press the golden button!”
Cowell has now missed two opportunities to press the Golden Buzzer.
On the May 31 episode, he praised 13-year-old opera singer, Laura Bretan for her amazing talent.
“That didn’t just happen!” said 56-year-old Cowell. “I have never heard anything like that in all the years I’ve been doing this show. It was unbelievable. What made it even better is the fact that you are such a sweet person. So humble. Not even aware of how amazing you are. That was really, really special.”
In that instance, judge Mel B pressed the Golden Buzzer, stating “this show is going to completely change your life, and I’m going to change your life right now.”