– 12-year-old ventriloquist Darci Lynne has emerged winner of 2017’s America’s got talent (AGT)
– The announcement came after 52 million public votes that host Tyra Banks, said was the ‘biggest vote in AG history.’
– Darci wins the sum of $1 million, payable in financial annuity over 40 years
– Nigeria’s Kechi Okwuchi finished 6th
The votes are in, and the 2017 America’s Got Talent season 12 champion is…Darci Lynne Farmer!
The 12-year-old won the night with her incredible singing ventriloquist act, bringing her puppet, Petunia, back Wednesday for a performance of Anything You Can Do (I Can Do Better) with fellow ventriloquist Terry Fator, who won season 2 of America’s Got Talent.
The announcement came after 52 million public votes that host Tyra Banks, 43, said was the ‘biggest vote in AG history.’
Darci Lynne will take home the coveted $1 million prize and go on to headline a Las Vegas show as the result of her win, which came after an impressive performance that saw her singing The Beatles’ hit With A Little Help From My Friends, with two different dummies.
Wednesday’s finale featured a variety of stellar performances. Contestants Angelica Hale and Kechi kicked off the night by performing Kelly Clarkson’s Stronger with Clarkson herself, and Harvey took the stage with Shania Twain in a beautiful duet of You’re Still the One.
Singer, Angelica Hale came in second behind the ventriloquist.
The $1 million prize money is payable in financial annuity over 40 years or the winner can choose to receive the present cash value of the annuity.
Nigerian favourite, Kechi Okwuchi, who rose like a phoenix from a terrible Sosoliso plane crash that took 108 lives on December 10, 2005, came in sixth.
Below is how the voting went:
1. Darci Lynne Farmer
2. Angelica Hale
3. Light Balance
4. Mandy Harvey
5. Sara and Hero
7. Preacher Lawson
9. Evie Clair
10. Chase Goehring