Justin Bieber: I “Love” Grace VanderWaal Of “America’s Got Talent” (VIDEO)
“America’s Got Talent” contestant Grace VanderWaal has a fan in Justin Bieber. Already this season’s frontrunner, the 12-year-old got an unexpected boost on Friday when the superstar raved about her audition on Instagram. Watch below!
As Gossip Cop reported, VanderWaal auditioned for season 11 of “AGT” by performing an original song called “I Don’t Know My Name,” while accompanying herself with a ukulele. Not only did she receive a rare standing ovation from the entire panel of judges, but she also motivated Howie Mandel to hit his Golden Buzzer.
Each panelist can only push the button once to send a contestant straight to the live shows. And in perhaps an even bigger show of confidence, Simon Cowell told VanderWaal, “Grace, You know what I predict for you? I think you are the next Taylor Swift.”
And now a star as big as Swift is giving the tween his endorsement. Bieber posted a clip of VanderWaal’s audition on his Instagram, with text above the video stating, “This girl is 12… I’m out.” The singer added in the caption, “Love this.”
Bieber, of course, wasn’t much older when his road to superstardom really got going. It remains to be seen if the future holds a similar path for VanderWaal, but her breakout success on “AGT” has already prompted false stories. Last week, Gossip Cop debunked a HollywoodLife report that wrongly claimed producers were in talks with Swift to duet with VanderWaal on the season finale.
With the audition round still airing, the aspiring star hasn’t made it to that point yet. But maybe Bieber will volunteer if she does? Check out the Instagram post below! NOTE: Bieber has since deactivated his Instagram account, and the video is no longer available.