Season 12’s semifinal round of America’s Got Talent closed the curtain on Tuesday night (Sept. 12) with six live singing performances, a mind reader, three dances and, yes, a performance by dogs.
When it came to singing, deaf singer-songwriter Mandy Harvey stole the show with an original song, “Release Me.” Harvey lost her hearing 10 years ago because of a connective tissue disorder, and her dedication to pursuing music anyway has inspired AGT judges and audiences since her audition of another original song, “Try,” on June 6 (which earned her judge Simon Cowell’s Golden Buzzer and a tweet from Lady Gaga).
Harvey has been associated with her ukulele, but on Tuesday night, she signed her lyrics as she sang.
And as Kechi, a plane crash survivor, sang a cover of Frances’ “Don’t Worry About Me,” judge Mel B. wiped tears from her cheeks. The intro of the song relays a relevant message of resilience: “Even if I fall down when you’re not around/ Don’t worry about me, don’t worry about me.”
The younger contestants, nine-year-old Celine Tam and 10-year-old Angelica Hale, also each wowed. Tam sang “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana, and Hale belted out Usher’s vocal from David Guetta’s “Without You.” Watch the (grown-up) performances below.