'America's Got Talent' discovers 'the next Taylor Swift'


“America’s Got Talent” may have already found its season 11 champion — and a potential pop music superstar!

Grace VanderWaal, a 12 year-old singer-songwriter from New York City, stole the show Tuesday night with her ukulele and an original tune called “I Don’t Know My Name.”

Judge Howie Mandel advanced the sixth-grader straight to the live quarterfinals with the season’s second Golden Buzzer, while Simon Cowell declared her, “the next Taylor Swift.”


Grace is the second tween girl to score a free pass to the live performance shows.

Last week, middle school opera sensation Laura Bretan advanced with similar fanfare.

But Grace, who took the stage in a preppy schoolgirl sweater and bright yellow stretch pants, is more relatable to the show’s young female voters and will likely advance further.

Her sound and look are equal parts quirky and original.

“This is a show about surprises,” Mandel praised. “I think you are a living, beautiful, walking miracle. Your original song about people not knowing your name ... I think the world is going to know your name.”

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