This 11-year-old’s ‘America’s Got Talent’ performance made history

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Angelica Hale is only 11 years old, but she’s already made history. The young singer received a Golden Buzzer from guest judge Chris Hardwick on Season 12 of “America’s Got Talent,” sending her straight to the finals. She came in second, having lost first place to another young talent, now-14-year-old Darci Lynne Farmer.

Now, Hale has become the first contestant on the show to earn two Golden Buzzers because judge Howie Mandel awarded her another one after her rousing performance of Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song” on the Jan. 21 episode of “America’s Got Talent: Champions.”

Watch the history-making performance in the clip below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUCoLuy88ho

Hale said she chose the song because it represented her fight for her place on the show. Judge Mel B thought there was room for improvement, but the other judges were blown away. Even the notoriously tough Simon Cowell bristled at Mel’s remarks.

“That was your fight song,” Mandel told her. “And if I can do anything, I’m gonna help you win this fight.”

Hale broke down in tears at the time, and she’s still reeling from her historic moment.

“This is a dream come true!” she told People. “When I found out I was actually the first person to get two Golden Buzzers, I was just shocked! Oh my gosh! It really is so surreal.”

The preteen has some fierce competition on the show, including “Britan’s Got Talent” star Susan Boyle and “Spain’s Got Talent” winner Cristina Ramos, both of whom Hale counts as sources of inspiration.

“Both of them are absolutely incredible,” Hale told the magazine of her competitors. “Susan Boyle is a legend and Cristina Ramos is so incredible. I look up to both of them. I was actually was very excited to compete against them but also a little nervous.”

Congratulations to Hale, and we can’t wait to follow her journey throughout the finals!

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