This season of America’s Got Talent is already off to a pretty amazing start. There was 12-year-old Darci Lynne Farmer, whose seriously impressive ventriloquist skills stunned the Internet last month. And Mandy Harvey, the deaf singer who gave the audience chills a few weeks ago with her stirring original song, “Try.”
But last night, it was 13-year-old Evie Clair who had everyone talking — and crying buckets of tears.
As the sixth-grader approached the stage, she began sharing the heartbreaking story behind what motivates her to sing. And let me tell you, it’s a story I was not quite emotionally prepared for.
But before the tears came, Evie garnered laughs from the audience when she told judge Simon Cowell what it’s like back in her small hometown of Florence, Arizona. She noted that there are five prisons, a fast food restaurant, and a high school — “and that’s pretty much it.”
When Cowell pressed her further about what led her to AGT, Evie shared that “it’s always been my dream, ever since I was little.” But as her voice began to crack, she started to share the real inspiration behind her performance:
“About a year ago, my dad was diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer,” she explained, through tears. “They gave him a five percent chance to live, and he still continued working and supporting our family. So tonight, I’m here to sing for him.”
(BRB, I need to go ugly cry in the other room.)
Not only did the 13-year-old put herself together just moments after (understandably) breaking down in tears, but she also managed to pull off one of the most gorgeous covers of Christina Perri’s hit “Jar of Hearts” that I’ve ever heard. And it left both the audience and the judges nearly weeping.
Since airing last night, a clip of Evie’s performance has made its way around the Internet, with over 232K likes and 10M views on the AGT Facebook page.
Best of luck, Evie — you’re definitely going places.