In 2017, Darci Lynne Farmer became an America’s Got Talent icon when she won Season 12 of the show. Then 12 years old, Darci Lynne showed off ventriloquism skills we had thus far only seen in adult contestants.
Darci went on to place second in the first-ever AGT: Champions competition. Since her win, Darci’s career has taken off, as she and her adorable puppet friends continue to entertain fans around the world.
Darci Lynne Farmer’s ‘AGT’ Journey
America fell in love with Darci Lynne and her puppet Petunia in 2017, when she brought her amazing ventriloquism act to the AGT stage. Not only does Darci perform her puppet’s voices without moving her mouth — she also sings for them!
“I would really like to keep ventriloquism alive, because it’s not common, you know?” Darci told the judges before her performance. She went on to wow the audience by singing “Summertime” as Petunia.
Darci received a standing ovation, which brought her to tears. Judge Mel B was so impressed, she hit the Golden Buzzer to send Darci Lynne straight to the live shows. In later episodes, Darci introduced the audience to her puppets Oscar and Edna. America loved her act so much, they voted her as the winner of Season 12.
She returned in 2019 for AGT: The Champions. Although she was initially eliminated in the preliminary round, she returned as a wild card and ended up coming in second place to magician Shin Lim, who had previously won Season 13 of the show.
Where Is Darci Now?
Darci is the third ventriloquist to win America’s Got Talent, after Terry Fator and Paul Zerdin. Her success on the show set a new standard for young contestants. While it’s nothing new for a young female singer to go far in the competition, Darci’s added knack for ventriloquism brought something different to the table and showed kids that they don’t have to have a conventional talent to be successful.
After winning AGT, Darci Lynne headlined a show at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. She’s since gone on two national tours — Darci Lynne and Friends Live and Fresh Out of the Box. In 2018, she also hosted Darci Lynne: My Hometown Christmas on NBC.
Darci has also brought her amazing ventriloquism talent to shows like All That and The Kelly Clarkson Show. She also has a popular YouTube channel, where she posts vlogs and performances. Last year, she performed with famous internet singers The Crosbys.
She’s also posted a series of IGTV videos on her Instagram account called “Advice With Friends,” in which she asks her puppet friends to share nuggets of wisdom with viewers. At just 15, Darci is already making a name for herself, and we can’t wait to see where she goes next.