Hear Why Simon Cowell Just Called Grace VanderWaal 'the Next Taylor Swift'
Remember the name Grace VanderWaal. The 12-year-old singer-songwriter and ukulele player auditioned to her own original song on "America's Got Talent" Season 11, earning an immediate Golden Buzzer pass to the live shows from Howie Mandel, and the highest praise from judge Simon Cowell.
VanderWaal's song, "Don't Know My Name," earned a standing ovation, with a surprised Mandel calling her "original" and "a living, beautiful, walking miracle."
After Mandel hit the buzzer, Cowell added to the budding star, "Grace, you know what I predict for you? I think you are the next Taylor Swift." Later, when the judges were talking among themselves, Cowell said he "100 percent" believed they had found a star, saying,"this girl is special," adding that he was annoyed that he didn't hit the Golden Buzzer himself. (He probably wants to take credit for her later success.)
VanderWaal's audition video already has more than 2 million views on YouTube, which is more than most AGT clips get (although this 82-year-old rocker can match her, and Laura Bretan now has 10 million for her intro video, and Tape Man has 22 million for his.)
The talented young singer thanked her supporters on Twitter after the show aired:
— Grace VanderWaal (@GraceVanderWaal) June 8, 2016
Taylor Swift herself hasn't responded yet, but this will probably find its way to her, and we can only imagine she'll be pleased (and flattered?) to be paired with this future star.
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