Blind, autistic singer Lavender Darcangelo delivered a show-stopping performance on Tuesday’s episode of America’s Got Talent, leaving judge Simon Cowell and the entire audience in awe.
The 27-year-old vocalist took the stage alongside her father, sharing her remarkable journey of overcoming obstacles and pursuing her dreams. Despite being blind and autistic, Darcangelo’s passion for singing emerged at a young age.
She revealed that she began singing at three years old, even before she could talk fluently, which only added to the marvel of her talent. In a heartwarming moment, she expressed her desire to establish a school that focuses on nurturing students’ natural curiosities—an institution she wished she had attended.
Lavender Darcangelo’s AGT Performance
During her performance, Darcangelo captivated the crowd with her rendition of Irene Cara’s renowned song from the movie Fame, “Out Here On My Own.” The power and brilliance of her voice left no one untouched, resulting in a resounding standing ovation from the audience and all four judges.
Simon Cowell was the first to comment, describing Darcangelo’s performance as “sensational” and “magical.” Cowell emphasized the incredible talent and personality that she possesses, declaring that encounters with individuals like her make the show truly special.
Judge Sofia Vergara, swept away by the beauty of the song, admitted to momentarily forgetting her judging role as she simply enjoyed Darcangelo’s extraordinary voice. Howie Mandel referred to the singer as “a dream come true,” encapsulating the sentiment felt by all.
The most remarkable moment arrived when supermodel Heidi Klum made her evaluation. Overwhelmed by emotion, Klum confessed, “I feel like I just fell in love.” She extended her support by hitting the coveted Golden Buzzer, propelling Darcangelo directly to the next round—the highly anticipated “live shows.”
This makes her the fifth performer of the season to receive the Golden Buzzer, joining exceptional acts such as the Mzansi Youth Choir, 8-year-old drummer Chioma, and 17-year-old singer Putri Ariani, who, coincidentally, is also blind. The only judge remaining with a Golden Buzzer is Sofia Vergara.
As gold confetti cascaded from above, tears of joy streamed down Darcangelo’s face. Klum rushed onto the stage to celebrate the unforgettable moment, while host Terry Crews approached Darcangelo to inquire about her emotions. In response, the overwhelmed singer confessed, “I don’t know if this is a dream or if I’m really awake.”
Lavender Darcangelo’s breathtaking performance has undoubtedly etched its place in the annals of America’s Got Talent history. With her exceptional talent, inspiring journey, and unyielding spirit, she has left an indelible mark on the hearts of both the judges and the show’s fans alike.
As the competition intensifies, audiences eagerly anticipate witnessing Darcangelo’s future performances and the boundless potential she possesses.