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Angelica Hale “America’s Got Talent” Audition Video – Watch 9-Year-Old Sing “Rise Up”

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Angelica Hale AGT

By Michael Lewittes |

Angelica Hale AGT


A 9-year-old named Angelica Hale, who nearly died five years ago, wowed the audience and judges alike with her rendition of Andra Day’s “Rise Up.” After she finished her audition, the young girl got a standing ovation and four yeses from the judges. Watch the video below of Angelica’s “AGT” audition.

Before she hit the stage, we learned that Angelica needed a life-saving kidney transplant when she was 4-years-old. Her mother donated her kidney and fortunately Angelica has been healthy ever since. Prior to her performance, Angelica she told the judges, “I want to be the next Whitney Houston. I want to be a superstar.”

Angelica paused for a few moments, and when she opened her mouth to sing “Rise Up,” everyone was shocked by her amazing talent and mature voice. A surprised Simon Cowell said, “This shouldn’t happen. You’re tiny. You’re voice is huge.” He added, “You are absolutely brilliant.” Heidi Klum admitted, “I have goosebumps everywhere.” She continued, “You said you want to be a superstar. I think that might happen for you.”

Mel B told Angelica, “You are so special. Your voice is so amazing,” which prompted the little girl to share, “You are my favorite judge.” Mel B then ran up to the stage to give her kisses. And Howie Mandel expressed, “I predict all your dreams will come true, you lady.” And with that, in quick succession each judge said yes. Check out the video below of Angelica Hale’s “America’s Got Talent” audition.

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