Adorable Ventriloquist Gets First Golden Buzzer on ‘America’s Got Talent’

Nick Paschal
Supervising Producer, Yahoo Entertainment

Season 14 of America’s Got Talent premiered Tuesday night, and one act already got the coveted Golden Buzzer. Twelve-year-old Darci Lynne Farmer and her puppet, Petunia, got off to an adorable start, but when Petunia started singing, it went from adorable to incredible.

Darci Lynne started ventriloquism when she was 10 years old, but it seemed like she had been doing it her entire life. The 12-year-old said she started down the ventriloquist path because she was shy, although being shy didn’t stop her from crushing her performance.

That Bunny Can Sing!

The performance started off with Darci Lynne asking Petunia, a bunny in a pink dress, if she was ready, to which Petunia replied, “Hit it!” Music started playing, and Darci Lynne asked, “Wait, you’re gonna sing?” and when Petunia said yes, Darci Lynne adorably said, “Oh boy.” But when Petunia began singing, it was clear Darci Lynne had nothing to worry about.

Petunia had a beautiful voice, and she wasn’t the only one who could sing. When Darci Lynne started singing, Petunia, who clearly wasn’t big on sharing the spotlight, put her hand on Darci Lynne’s mouth and continued the song. It was an impressive performance, especially considering Darci Lynne hardly moved her lips the entire time.

Golden Reward

Darci Lynne’s ventriloquism performance was a huge hit with everyone, and Howie Mandel was ready to hop onboard the Petunia train. Howie said, “I believed that that rabbit is a real, separate person. … I love you, and I believe you’re gonna go far. You just changed your life tonight, young lady.” And Mel B loved Darci Lynne and Petunia so much, she gave them the first Golden Buzzer of the season.

America’s Got Talent airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on NBC. Watch clips and full episodes of America’s Got Talent for free on Yahoo View.

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