Grace VanderWaal “America’s Got Talent” Video: Watch “I’ll Hold Your Hand” Performance!
Grace VanderWaal made her big return to the “America’s Got Talent” stage on Tuesday. Watch below!
As Gossip Cop has reported, VanderWaal was Howie Mandel’s Golden Buzzer pick during the season 11 auditions back in early June. The 12-year-old singer-songwriter stunned the judges by singing an original song while playing the ukulele. Simon Cowell even predicted she’s the “next Taylor Swift.”
But winning the Golden Buzzer meant VanderWaal got to skip the Judge Cuts round and advance directly to the live shows. And while the live quarterfinals at the Dolby Theater began in late July, she was put into the fourth and final group to take the stage. Now, after a two-week hiatus due to the Olympics, VanderWaal finally had her long-awaited second appearance on the show.
This time, the tween sang a song she wrote about her “best friend,” her older sister Olivia. Called “I’ll Hold Your Hand” (also known as “Beautiful Thing”), the original track wowed the judges just like VanderWaal’s first effort, “I Don’t Know My Name,” did. Not surprisingly, the entire panel gave the aspiring star a standing ovation.
Simon Cowell said that not all of VanderWaal’s performance was on point, but “that’s what makes you perfect.” He went on, “I always believe these shows are about finding potential… There’s something so sweet, so charming about you, so real… I’m going to predict they’re all going to remember in years to come the moment we saw Grace sing live.”
“You are so very talented,” Heidi Klum commented. “I can only say ‘save the best for last,’ and you are one in a million.” Mel B said, “You’ve just got one of those voices that you remember. It’s very distinctive.” And to boost VanderWaal’s confidence, she added, “You need to know exactly how good you are.”
Howie Mandel declared, “You are my Golden Buzzer in life.” He further said, “I predict that you’re bigger than Taylor Swift. I predict that you are the biggest star to come out of this show… You are a superstar. America’s gotta vote. You’re the best thing I’ve seen on this show.” Check out the full video below!