The pint-sized songstress returned to the stage last night (Jan.21) to compete on the “America’s Got Talent: Champions” spinoff. After finishing in second place behind champion Darci Lynne Farmer last time, Hale came back to fight for a first-place finish. Let’s just say after her epic, Golden Buzzer-winning performance of Rachel Platten’s empowering anthem “Fight Song,” she’s well on her way.
Angelica Hale was just nine when she competed on AGT the first time. Out of thousands of hopefuls, she finished in an impressive second place. Along with jaw-dropping vocal prowess, the Georgia native singer projects infectious joy, that beams out from a genuine, beautiful smile.
In an AXS interview following her season 12 runner-up coup, Hale emphasized her desire to inspire people with her singing and her story. In speaking of her social media followers throughout her AGT journey she said, “I want to tell them to always believe in themselves and believe that they can do this. Because, if you work hard, prepare yourself, believe in yourself and have confidence, you will be surprised at how far you can make it.”
She couldn’t have picked a more inspirational song to sing last night than Rachel Platten’s smash hit “Fight Song.” Given the symbolic nature of the title and her new AGT quest, it was a brilliant song choice.
AGT judges Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel were wowed after Hale’s performance. Her vocal range and power were breathtaking. She injected all sorts of intricate nuances into the vocal, which underscored the deep emotional conviction in her delivery. The judges jumped to their feet in a unanimous standing ovation and the audience roared with applause.
Most impressed was Howie Mandel when he told her, “When people show up on this show, the level of competition is that much higher. Just by the title, you are amongst champions. You show up and you rip the ceiling off of this theater, you really do. You know what? That was your fight song and if I can do anything, I’m going to help you win this fight.”
To Hale’s shock, Mandel smashed the Golden Buzzer and showered her in Golden confetti. She broke into tears in the gravity of the moment and earns a well-deserved spot in the finals, along with former Britain’s Got Talent finalist Susan Boyle, who also earned a Golden Buzzer on “AGT: Champions” series premiere.
Angelica Hale turned 11 last year. She's grown a little since her previous AGT journey and her mad vocal skills are even more developed. She’ll undoubtedly have huge support as she heads to the finals for another chance to fight for her dream.
Watch Angelica Hale’s epic “Fight Song” performance above.
“America’s Got Talent: Champions airs on Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on NBC.