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Evie Clair Performs On “America’s Got Talent” Finals After Dad Dies

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evie Clair AGT Finals Video

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Evie Clair performed “What A Wonderful World” on the “America’s Got Talent” finals on Tuesday, less than two weeks after her dad died. Watch the video below.

As Gossip Cop has reported, Clair has had the most heartbreaking yet heartwarming journey on season 12 of NBC’s talent competition. At her audition, she revealed her father was battling colon cancer, but so far had survived past his one-year life expectancy. But as the reality show went on, however, his condition deteriorated. Still, during the Judge Cuts, Quarterfinals and Semifinals, Clair emotionally sang songs in her dad’s honor.

After Clair’s semifinal performance earlier this month, she found out her father’s organs were failing and he was placed on life support. With her mom’s blessing, she chose to stay for the results show the following night, although the public at the time had no idea what was going on behind the scenes. And when Clair was in jeopardy of elimination, viewers voted to award her the Dunkin’ Save. The very next day, the 13-year-old’s father was taken off life support and died surrounded by his family, including Clair and her young siblings.

The following week, last week, producer and judge Simon Cowell said he didn’t know if Clair would stay in the competition, and revealed he offered her the opportunity to come back next season if she decided to withdraw. But this past Saturday, the aspiring star’s mother confirmed on her blog that her daughter made the decision to see the journey through. She went on to do press with her fellow finalists, and Clair’s mom blogged on Monday, “Evie doesn’t expect to win and is not a front runner but the timing of this in connection with Amos’s passing has been so peculiar to me… Her song tomorrow is very special to her dad and I can hardly wait for you all to hear it and see her beautiful set.”

Now before taking the stage tonight, Clair said in her pre-taped opening, “My dad taught me after I start something to always finish it. That’s why I’m fighting to the end, just like he did.” She then sang “What A Wonderful World.” All of the judges applauded with a standing ovation. Howie Mandel said afterward, “Our hearts and our souls go out to you, Evie.” He told her, “I cannot believe the strength I’m seeing in a young girl… Your voice and your song and your presence here is that light at the end of the tunnel.”

Mel B offered, “I know your dad’s up there looking down, and he must be so, so proud. What you just did is beautiful.” Heidi Klum told Clair, “I can’t even imagine what you and your family must be going through right now, and I just want to say you are one brave young lady and one amazing singer.” And Cowell said, “I’m not going to judge you. I am going to tell you how much I respect you, how much strength you have. This was a perfect tribute to your dad. Just the fact that it was total silence proves everyone was listening to you.” He added, “You gave yourself a shot tonight.” See the full video below.

 


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