In another emotional performance, 13-year-old Evie Clair performed once again on “America’s Got Talent” and was advanced to the live show for her special performance.
The LDS girl from Florence, Arizona performed the song “I Try” by Macy Gray, a song that meant a lot to her.
“A lot of things are happening right now, and we don’t really know what’s going to happen next,” Clair said before her performance when judge Simon Cowell asked her why she chose the song.
Clair told the judges at her first audition in June she decided to audition for the show to honor her father, Amos Abplanalp, who is battling stage 4 colon cancer. Since the last audition, Clair said her father’s tumors have grown and the chemo is not working. He was given a 5 percent chance of living when he was diagnosed a year ago and is currently not doing any treatments.
The judges were misty-eyed as Clair finished her second audition. Howie Mandel related to her performance as a father, and Mel B wiped away the tears as Clair’s performance reminded Mel B of her late father.
“You know I’m a father of two girls and a son, and when I listen to you, it’s the sound of an angel singing to her daddy,” Mandel said. “I don’t think you can ask anymore of a performer than to move your heart and I feel moved. It was beautiful.”
Clair will be moving onto the live show of “America’s Got Talent” next month at the Dolby Theater to continue to compete for the million-dollar prize.
Read more about Clair’s first audition here.