Saturday, 12 October 2019

Darci Lynne Farmer


                                         Darci Lynne Farmer


Darci Lynne Farmer (born October 12, 2004[1]) is an American ventriloquist and singer. She was the winner of season twelve of the NBC competition show America's Got Talent and the runner-up of America's Got Talent: The Champions. Lynne became both the third female and third child to win America's Got Talent, following Bianca Ryan in season one and Grace VanderWaal in season eleven. She was also the third ventriloquist to win, following Terry Fator in season two and Paul Zerdin in season ten.

Early life:

Lynne lives in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She was born on October 12, 2004. Growing up, Lynne loved to sing, but she was shy and was afraid to perform in front of an audience.[1][2] Her parents encouraged her to overcome her shyness by participating in the International Cinderella Scholarship Program where she was crowned International Mini Miss. At that pageant she also met International Teen titleholder, Laryssa Bonacquisti, a young ventriloquist who inspired her to try ventriloquism herself.[3] She then asked her parents, Clarke and Misty Farmer, for a puppet, insisting that it would overcome her shyness. On her tenth birthday, her parents presented her with a puppet. Lynne's idol is past America's Got Talent winner Terry Fator. In 2014, she entered Edmond's Got Talent where she won first prize after a month's preparation on Bonacquisti's tips. She was soon brought to the attention of ventriloquy coach Gary Owen, who was so impressed by Lynne's skill that he voluntarily agreed to be her coach and business manager.[4] Since then she has worked with Owen and vocal teacher Tiana Plemons.[3] In 2015, she won first place in both the junior division at Oklahoma's Got Talent and Oklahoma Kids, and won Broadway, Specialty Acts, and overall Entertainer of the Year at American Kids in Branson, Missouri.[5] In March 2016, Lynne made an appearance on Little Big Shots, performing "I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart" with Katie,[6] and in July 2016, she became the first child ventriloquist to perform at an evening show in the 40-year history of the Vent Haven International Ventriloquists' ConVENTion, where she fronted for celebrity ventriloquists Kevin Johnson and Todd Oliver.[4] Then, in March 2017, she appeared on the British version of Little Big Shots, again performing "I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart" with Katie.[6]


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.[7] 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,[7] and later placed fourth on YouTube's list of the top 10 trending videos of 2017.[8] For Lynne's first live presentation after her Golden Buzzer performance, she serenaded Mel B with her shy, stuttering Motown mouse puppet, Oscar, performing "Who's Lovin' You".[7] Judges Howie Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum, and Simon Cowell gave Lynne standing ovations. For this performance, Lynne received enough viewer votes to move on to the semifinals, where she brought her puppet Edna Doorknocker to sing "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman",[7] and stood next to the judges' table so Edna could flirt with Simon Cowell. Again, all four judges gave Lynne a standing ovation. Viewers voted Lynne through to the finals. For her final competition appearance, Lynne performed "With a Little Help from My Friends",[7] with Petunia and Oscar interacting for comedic effect. Again, she earned standing ovations and judges' praise; Cowell predicted, "I think you're going to win."[9] For the finale in episode 22, Lynne fulfilled her dream by performing "Anything You Can Do" with her idol and mentor Terry Fator, with Lynne singing as Petunia and Fator singing as Winston the Impersonating Turtle. After tripping over the first line of the song, she recovered and the act continued.[10] The field was cut to the top five, and then to the top two finalists, Lynne and Angelica Hale. Host Tyra Banks then announced Lynne was the winner of the season, having received the most votes out of the 52 million votes cast.[7] With the win, Lynne received the $1 million prize and a headline gig at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, originally set for November 3 and 4, with two additional shows on November 2 and 5 being added after the first two dates sold out. The Las Vegas shows also featured Angelica Hale, Preacher Lawson and Light Balance.


* Petunia – A seven-year-old[52] singing white bunny "who thinks she's a diva".
* Oscar – A stuttering and nervous Motown mouse who has a crush on Mel B.
* Edna Doorknocker – A naughty old lady with a crush on Simon Cowell.
* Katie – A sassy cowgirl who yodels.
* Okie – A yellow duck who sometimes impersonates Elvis Presley.
* Scarlett – A sassy debutante fox.
* Ace – A big brown monkey.[53]
* Nigel – A very smart British bird.[53]

Personal life:

Lynne attends Deer Creek Middle School near her home in Edmond, Oklahoma. She missed the first day of her seventh grade year due to appearing live on America's Got Talent on August 16.[3]

Her parents are Clarke and Misty Farmer. Lynne has three brothers: Nick, Dalton, and Nate.[54] 

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