The 12-year-old ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer was overwhelmed with joy when she won the $1 million grand prize of America’s Got Talent show.
Farmer told ET what it was like when she was announced winner on Wednesday’s live finale.
“It just means so much to me that America voted for me and I get to see all my friends and family supporting me and crying with me,” she told ET’s Denny Directo. “It just made me feel so overcome with joy and tears, lots of tears.”
The last two finalists standing were Farmer and 10-year-old singer Angelica Hale, who became famous for her big voice and incredible range.
When Farmer’s name was called, Hale smiled and hugged the ventriloquist. “I’m so overcome with joy that she was with me in the top two,” Farmer recalled. “It was really, really hard for her to not get a happy ending and win, but she’s so happy for me, and it makes me feel good that she’s supporting me.”
The young performer has a clear plan on how she’s going to spend the prize money. “First, I am definitely going to give some money to my mission program at church and then I have to get my mom a dishwasher,” Farmer said. “Then I’m definitely going to get a pug, because I really want one — if my parents let me.”
With her AGT journey coming to an end, the pre-teen artist said she’s going to miss “everything” about the whole experience.
“The people, the staff, the contestants, everyone is so kind and it’s just been so much fun,” Farmer said. “I’m so sad it’s ending.”