America’s Got Talent is back for Season 12 and, as usual, the talent of the contestants does not disappoint. The most impressive of the bunch have often been the tiny talents under 18.
As the current season continues to see the youngsters bringing the heat, here are five of the cutest and most musically gifted kids from Season 12, as well as a look back on five other adorable contestants in America’s Got Talent history.
Darci Lynne (2017)
The giggly 12-year-old and her puppet bunny, Petunia attempts to “keep ventriloquism alive” with her jaw dropping act. In her original audition Lynne performs the classic standard “Summertime” sung solely through the mouth of her puppet. On top of the act being hilarious, Darci’s voice shines and her mouth remaining shut the entire time is particularly impressive. The talented act didn’t just catch the judge’s attention, either — she earned judge Mel B’s golden buzzer and is heading straight to the live shows!
Celine Tam (2017)
Prior to her audition, adorable 9-year-old Celine joked around with judge Simon Cowell about her Celine Dion obsession, from getting her start belting Celine’s music in the car to her little sister named — appropriately — Dion. Naturally, Celine delivered a powerful performance of Celine Dion classic “My Heart Will Go On,” during which her high notes soared and she demonstrated strong control over her vocals, receiving a standing ovation from the entire audience and judges.
Christian Guardino (2017)
16-year-old Christian started off his audition telling Simon he is “really nervous,” but after Christian begins singing The Jackson 5’s “Who’s Lovin’ You” the singer had a complete transformation when his soulful voice shocked everyone in the house. The performance was powerful and full of soulful runs. After the audition, judge Howie Mandel asked Christian, “If you could make one wish this second come true for yourself what would you wish?” When Christian responds with a giggle and “probably the golden buzzer” — and Howie made his dream come true!
Angelica Hale (2017)
After Atlanta native Angelica told the judges, “I want to be the next Whitney Houston,” the-9 year-old delivered a flawless rendition of Andra Day’s “Rise Up.” With a huge smile the high notes flew out effortlessly as her parents welled up with tears watching her proudly on the sidelines. After the performance, Simon announced, “I feel like we might be looking at a star in the future.”
Evie Clair (2017)
The 13-year-old is from the small town of Florence, Arizona, which she describes as having “five prisons… there is not even a grocery store, there’s a fast food place and a high school, that’s it.” Before she began, the teen opened up about her father’s battle with stage four colon cancer. The singer chose to perform “Arms” by Christina Perri in honor of her father, which she said “gives him the comfort and strength to continue fighting.” After taking a moment to collect herself, Evie began to sing and the smile on Simon’s face said it all. She delivered an emotional performance with a voice that Simon described as “stunning.” All four of the judges gave her a yes — and there was not a dry eye in the house.
Grace VanderWaal (2016)
America fell in love with Season 11 winner Grace VanderWaal the second she auditioned, when Simon called her “the next Taylor Swift.” Her bubbly personality, ukulele skills and signature raspy voice made this then 12-year-old a force to be reckoned with, eventually earning the singer-songwriter a spot on the 2016 Billboard 21 Under 21 list of music’s hottest young stars. Grace recently released a new song “Moonlight,” which you can check out (along with her audition) below.
Kaitlyn Maher (2008)
The 4-year-old singer is one of the youngest contestants in America’s Got Talent history. She reached the top 10 in Season 3 of the show, making her the youngest contestant ever to do so. Her sweet singing voice was equally as cute as she was.
Isaac Brown (2012)
The 6-year-old channeled his inner Michael Jackson in Season 7. He not only sung his heart out on “I Want You Back” and later on “Blame It On The Boogie,” but shows off his moves as well. Brown was full of personality and showed true star quality, evening telling the judges, ‘”all that matters is that its coming from your heart!” Although he was eliminated before the quarterfinals Isaac went on to play a small part in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
CJ Dippa (2010)
The 11-year-old rapper from Dallas writes his own rhymes and creates his own beats. He was eliminated before the quarterfinals, but brought back by judge Howie Mandel for the Wild Card Show. He had a big personality and outfits to match.
Quintavious Jones (2014)
The then-12-year-old soulful singer was a finalist on the Season 9 of the show. He placed fifth, and was known for his incredible vocals, sweet personality and signature whistle tones. When asked why he wants to be a singer, Quintavious responded with, “because there is nothing else for me.”