A 12-year-old who uses ventriloquism to overcome her shyness stuns the “America’s Got Talent” crowd with a surprising singing act. Darci Lynne Farmer is an American ventriloquist and singer. Lynne has been credited with the revival of ventriloquism, earning praise and numerous accolades for her work.
Lynne competed on the twelfth season of America’s Got Talent in 2017. During the first episode broadcast on May 30, Lynne and her puppet, a sweet, girly bunny named Petunia, performed “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess. The comedy–singing act featured Petunia cutting off Lynne so Petunia could continue singing instead. Judge Mel B praised the act and pressed her Golden Buzzer, allowing Lynne to bypass the judge cuts and go straight to the quarterfinals. The video of this performance became the most viewed video in the show’s history within 30 hours of broadcast, and later placed fourth on YouTube’s list of the top 10 trending videos of 2017.