When nine-year-old Angelica Hale first appeared on America’s Got Talent, she wowed the judges and audience with a truly spectacular rendition of Andre Day’s “Rise Up,” which earned her widespread recognition and social media fame.
Judge Hardwick had the biggest reaction of any judge on America’s Got Talent. He began, “I’m so amazed because you leave looking like this adorable little child. And then you open your mouth and say, ‘How do those tubes fit into that little body?’ You’re amazing!” Hardwick yelled as his eyes darted to the Golden Buzzer, giving everyone a sense of what was to come.
“Angelica, you are the chosen one! Hardwick announced excitedly as he pressed the button, sending a shower of sparkling confetti onto the stage as the stunned performer cried tears of joy.