There have been plenty of impressive performances from younger talent on this season of America’s Got Talent.
Between the talented 12-year-old ventriloquist Darci Lynne, 9-year-old powerhouse Angelica Hale, and humble 16-year-old Christian Guardino’s mesmerizing voice, viewers have seen plenty of memorable singing over the past few months. But nothing has made me cry quite like Angelina Green’s inspiring backstory and equally incredible performance during the season’s final batch of auditions.
The 13-year-old singer took the stage on July 11, 2017, to audition for the show. The Miami teen nervously stood before the judges and explained she’d been singing since “forever.” She said that music had been a way for her to cope after her father unexpectedly left their family when she was younger.
“I took it seriously when my parents got divorced. It was really hard for me, and music helped me so much,” Angelina said tearfully. She revealed that she and her mom could really use the prize money — her mom struggled to pay the bills after her father unexpectedly left, and Angelina had even turned to music to help support them through that difficult time.
The teen’s song choice was a fitting one. Angelina dedicated “I’ll Stand By You” by The Pretenders to her proud mom, who watched at the side of the stage with Tyra.
The judges watched and listened with huge smiles on their faces as Angelina sang. By the end, the audience and judges had tears in their eyes and were brought to their feet. Howie clutched his heart, Mel B called Angelina “incredible,” and Simon told her that she gave him goose bumps.
But the two biggest reactions came from Heidi, who had been hanging onto her Golden Buzzer — the last of the season! — since the beginning, and Angelina’s emotional mom.
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