After 52 million votes were cast, host Tyra Banks announced the 12-year-old singing ventriloquist as the champion of season 12. Farmer, who becomes the second ventriloquist to win the NBC reality competition show, edged out 9-year-old singer Angelica Hale for the top honor. When her name was announced, Farmer burst into tears, hugging her rabbit puppet Petunia as her two brothers rushed the stage to congratulate her.
Darci Lynne has big plans for her prize money, including helping out at her church’s mission program, and then, “I have to get my mom a dishwasher because it doesn’t work and we need a new on,” she said.
“It’s interesting, in the last two Howie it’s been really young 12-year-old girls whose lives have are changed forever,” Howie said. “I think that’s America saying we embrace the future, we embrace the purity of just that child-like fun, inspirational talent.”