09192017

LDS teen receives standing ovation from ‘America’s Got Talent’ judges, honors father battling cancer

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A 13-year-old LDS girl from Florence, Arizona received a standing ovation from the audience and judges on “America’s Got Talent” Tuesday night.

Before her performance, Evie Clair emotionally told the judges she decided to audition for the show to honor her father, Amos Abplanalp, who is battling stage 4 colon cancer. He was given a 5 percent chance of living when he was diagnosed a year ago.

Clair told the judges she had chosen to sing “Arms” by Christina Perri because it is a song she uses to comfort her father when he is in pain.

“When my dad is having rough days, I go into his room and I sing him this song to help him feel better and to give him comfort and strength to continue fighting,” Clair told the judges.

“When my dad is having rough days, I go into his room and I sing him this song to help him feel better and to give him comfort and strength to continue fighting.” — Evie Clair, singer

Following Clair’s performance, all four judges voted to advance Clair in the competition and Clair’s family joined her on stage to celebrate.

“That is wonderful and tough and painful and good,” commented judge Howie Mandel after the family left the stage.

On the same day that Clair’s performance broadcast on “America’s Got Talent,” Abplanalp was hospitalized for another treatment to continue to battle his cancer, according to his wife’s blog.

In 2015, Clair won a contest to sing the theme song for the Utah County-made film, “Once I was a Beehive.” She also had an original song, “For You,” on the soundtrack.

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