Contestants of "America's Got Talent" season 12 took the stage once again in Judge Cuts in Tuesday, July 18 episode. Among the contestants was 9-year-old singer Angelica Hale, who blew the audience away with her remarkable performance of Andra Day's "Rise Up" earlier this season. Despite being more nervous compared to the previous performance, the talented young girl had something up her sleeve for tonight's act.
The Atlanta native awed judges Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Melanie Brown a.k.a. Mel B, Howie Mandel and guest judge Chris Hardwick with her rendition of Alicia Keys' 2012 hit "Girl on Fire". Donning a denim vest beneath her pink dress, Angelica showcased her powerful voice which brought energy to the audience and lit up the stage.
"I mean, I'm so blown away and you have these sneakers on, you look like this adorable little child and then you open your mouth and I'm like, 'How do you those pipes fit in that tiny body?' " Chris gushed. "You are unbelievable!"
"I just feel like, Angelica, you are the chosen one!" the guest judge dramatically screamed before pushing the Golden Buzzer for Angelica. Chris later could be seen running to the stage to give the girl a warm hug. Angelica, a kidney transplant survivor, took to Twitter to share her happiness after receiving the Golden Buzzer. "Thx for the [heart emoji] veryone! Here's my interview after my performance! OMG #GoldenBuzzer @AGT STILL in shock!! #AGT," she wrote.
Thx for the❤️everyone! Here's my interview after my performance! OMG #GoldenBuzzer @AGT STILL in shock!! 😱💖🎶😊pic.twitter.com/gjXM9YhSua #AGT— Angelica Hale (@angelicahale) July 19, 2017
Angelica is the sixth contestant to be sent straight to the live rounds. Other Golden Buzzer recipients are 13-year-old singer Angelina Green, 16-year-old singer Christian Guardino, 12-year-old singing ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer, Ukrainian group of dancers Light Balance and 29-year-old deaf singer Mandy Harvey.
"America's Got Talent" airs on Tuesdays at 8 P.M. on NBC