Merrick Hanna “America’s Got Talent” Video: 12-Year-Old Dancer Gets Standing Ovation

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Merrick Hanna AGT Video

By Shari Weiss |

Merrick Hanna AGT Video


Young dancer Merrick Hanna received a standing ovation during the last “America’s Got Talent” Judge Cuts on Tuesday. Watch the video below!

Hanna is a former “So You Think You Can Dance” contestant. As Gossip Cop reported, the tween was part of last season’s “The Next Generation” competition. While he wowed in his audition on the season premiere, he failed to make the Top 10 and compete in the live shows for the title of “America’s Favorite Dancer.” Now, however, he has a good chance of going far on “America’s Got Talent.”

For his audition, which aired on the “AGT” season 12 premiere back in May, Hanna performed an emotionally stunning routine that moved all of the judges. Since then, his performance has racked up more than seven million views on the NBC talent competition’s official YouTube page. Now he had to win over the judges again in hopes of making it into the quarterfinals. And this time, he wanted to be “happy and more energetic.”

Hanna told the judges he was feeling “a little bit nervous, but mostly just excited.” And before he started the new routine, Simon Cowell could be heard saying how much he loved his first audition. Well, he seemed to love this one just as much, which was set to the inspiring song “Something Wild.” Cowell gave a standing ovation afterward, as did Mel B.

“The way that you managed to tell the story within your performance makes you different, relevant, cool,” the mogul told Hanna. Howie Mandel noted that every movement was “so right on and so exact.” He added, “There’s so many good people, but I’ll fight for you.” To that, Heidi Klum added that there are 20 strong acts competing for the last seven spots in the quarterfinals. But it seemed like Hanna had a good shot, and it was revealed at the end of the broadcast that he made it through to the live shows. Check out the video below!

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