LDS thirteen-year-old Evie Clair continued her journey on “America’s Got Talent” with a performance of “Yours” in the show’s semifinals.
While Clair’s angelic voice captures the hearts of America, her story pulls at the country’s heartstrings. Her father, Amos Abplanalp, was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer a year ago with a 5 percent chance of survival.
“Being here has really given my dad something to look forward to,” Clair said before her performance. “The song I’m singing tonight is a celebration of how much love we have for each other.”
Following her performance, the judges praised Clair’s performance.
“I’ve said this before, you are gutsy — you really, really are,” judge Simon Cowell said. “And let me tell you something, this song was beautiful. Your voice was beautiful.”
Last week, Clair told Parade that if she won the $1 million prize, she would use it to help her father.
“If my dad is better by the time the show is over, then I would use all the money to pay off all the medical bills and go to Disneyland,” Clair said. “If he is not better by then, I would definitely use it to go and find a treatment that works because there are, obviously, treatments out there that work, but they are far away and expensive.”
The contestants that will continue on to the finals will be announced tonight on NBC at 8/7 central during the live show of “America’s Got Talent.”
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