All the practice and performing has really paid off for Oklahoma singer and ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer.
, the reigning winner of "America's Got Talent" returned to the top-rated TV talent contest Wednesday night to perform during the first live results show of Season 13.
The 13-year-old performer from Oklahoma City once again brought along her diva bunny puppet pal Petunia, who was dramatically pleading exhaustion as they took the "AGT" stage. It was the perfect setup for the pair to belt the lively show tune "Show Off" from the Tony Award-winning musical "The Drowsy Chaperone."
Darci dazzled “AGT” audiences with her charming performances and undeniable talent during the show's 12th season in 2017, earning the Golden Buzzer with her "AGT" audition and becoming a favorite from the moment she and Petunia first took the stage. She received the most votes ever for a winning act and sold out her four Las Vegas shows immediately following her win, according to a news release.
Since fall in 2017, she has been touring the country with her puppet partners Petunia, Oscar the mouse, Katie the Cowgirl and more, performing regularly at theaters and making the occasional TV appearance.
And the work has paid off, since her performance Wednesday night was even more astounding than any of the show-stopping appearances she made on "AGT" Season 12. The crowd and celebrity judging panel gave her an enthusiastic standing ovation by the time she and Petunia finished the song's humorous encore.
Fans will have another chance to see Darci Lynne perform this year on NBC: , she will star in a one-hour holiday special for the network, and “Darci Lynne: My Hometown Christmas” will feature the talented teen with special musical guests and heartfelt visits to her hometown of Oklahoma City.
In addition, Darci announced this week her new tour, the "Rocking Around the Christmas Tree with Darci Lynne and Friends" trek, with dates in California, Texas, the Carolinas and more scheduled from Nov. 24 through Dec. 22. Presales started Wednesday with the code PETUNIA.
Along with Darci's performance, "AGT" narrowed its first batch of 12 quarterfinalists to seven semifinalists: We Three, Vicki Barbolak, Amanda Mena, Courtney Hadwin, Shin Lim, Angel City Chorale and Junior New System.