Both the young and the old surprised on last night’s “America’s Got Talent” — from a 12-year-old “next Taylor Swift” to an 82-year-old headbanger.
Grace VanderWaal, 12, received a Golden Buzzer Tuesday night after she performed an original song, “I Don’t Know My Name,” with her ukelele. Her quirky voice and authentic performance earned her huge accolades from the judges.
“I think the world is going to know your name,” said judge Howie Mandel before pressing the Golden Buzzer to send VanderWaal straight to the live quarterfinals.
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Judge Simon Cowell called her “the next Taylor Swift,” and fans took to Twitter to show their support for the young singer/songwriter.
But VanderWaal wasn’t the only contestant to turn heads last night. John Hetlinger, an 82-year-old former Navy pilot and aerospace engineer who helped repair the Hubble telescope, made jaws drop as he launched into a cover of Drowning Pool’s “Bodies.”
Enthusiastically screaming “Let the bodies hit the floor,” his energetic performance mixed with his unlikely appearance shocked everyone.
Mandel gave Hetlinger a standing ovation and so did the Twitterverse, which dug up old videos of Hetlinger’s karaoke.
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