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Watch Darci Lynne Farmer, 12-Year-Old Ventriloquist, Win ‘America’s Got Talent’

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.

Her final plan? Getting a pug. “I would love to get a pug. A puppy, a baby pug, I just want one so bad. I’m ready…I’m ready to take on the puppy life,” she said.The judges, including Simon CowellHowie MandelMel B and Heidi Klum weren’t surprised that it was Darci Lynne who came out on top in the big finale.

“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.”

Heidi said she predicted Darci Lynne’s big win, “because she has the total package” with her singing, jokes and ventriloquism.

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