America’s Got Talent Finale Recap: The Top 10 Finalists Who Performed

Darci Lynn and Preacher Lawson

Written by Tim Grable

October 13, 2017

After weeks of relentless competition, America’s Got Talent finale aired on September 20, 2017.

As you probably know, twelve-year-old singing ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer ended up winning the grand prize of $ 1 Million, as well as a headlining performance in Las Vegas.

However, she had some pretty fierce competition, as this year’s edition featured some of the best artists and performers in the country – making Season 12 one for the books.

Here’s a recap of all the ten incredible acts featured on America’s Got Talent finale this year.

America's Got Talent Finale Recap: The Top 10 Finalists Who Performed


10. Singer Kechi Okwuchi

As one of only two survivors of a 2005 plane crash, Houston-local  Kechi Okwuchi has inspired everyone with her incredible strength and soulful voice ever since she first set foot on AGT’s stage.

For the grand finale, the 27-year-old performed a touching cover of “Conqueror” by Estelle which reduced the entire audience to silence. Here’s her stirring performance in case you missed it on TV.

9. Stand-Up Comedian Preacher Lawson

As the only stand-up comedian who made it to this year’s finale, 25-year-old Preacher Lawson won over the audience with his high-energy style and life-inspired jokes.

Although Heidi Klum said that she felt his written material could have been better, Preacher still managed to leave the judges and audience laughing.

You can check out his final performance on the show by watching the video below.

8. Singer Evie Clair

For the finals, 13-year-old Evie Clair was only accompanied by a piano softly playing in the background. Her performance received a standing ovation from the judges, as well as the entire audience.

Her soft voice shined through as she sang a stripped down, achingly beautiful rendition of “What a Wonderful World.”  Moreover, by the end of her performance, there wasn’t a single dry eye in the room.

Evie dedicated her last performance to her father who had sadly passed away of colon cancer just weeks before. Take a look:

7. Acrobatic Dance Group Diavolo

During America’s Got Talent finale, Diavolo proved that they could reinvent themselves with every performance. Their act was perhaps one of the most highly-anticipated ones of the night, and they delivered.

Throughout their routine, the young dancers tumbled, sprang and danced in and around massive set pieces which moved, thus keeping everyone watching at the edge of their seats.

You can watch their performance which Heidi Klum described as “a million-dollar act” in the video below.

6. Singer/Songwriter Chase Goehring

To close out his journey on “America’s Got Talent,” 21-year-old Chase Goehring decided to sing a fast-paced song which carried a powerful message.

Chase performed an original song called “Mirror” which allowed him to also display his talent as a songwriter, not only as a singer.

The judges declared themselves impressed by the emotionality of the song as well as Chase’s artistry with which he delivered his fastest lyrics yet.

5. Dog Trainer Sara and Hero

Set to Queen’s top hit “Don’t Stop Me Now,” it was for sure the most adorable act presented in the America’s Got Talent finale.

Sara and her dogs delivered their most ambitious number yet. And although there were some small misses here and there, they were completely overpowered by the incredible tricks and the energy Sara and her dogs brought to the stage.

The judges were smiling throughout their performance! Take a look:

4. Ukulelist/Singer Mandy Harvey

Mandy returned to the AGT stage for the last time with an original track titled “This Time.”

Before flawlessly belting out the song, the graceful 29-year-old delivered an inspirational speech about how important it is to keep going even if the odds seem stacked against you.

This is a message which is extremely personal to her. After all, she did manage to make it all the way to America’s Got Talent finale despite having lost her hearing ten years ago.

Here’s a chance to listen to her beautiful tune again:

3. Light-Up Dance Crew Light Balance

Maybe the most spectacular act of all those featured on Season 12, Light Balance’s final performance was the last one in the finale – but not the least.

Originally from Ukraine, the choreographed dance group impressed with a vibrant, fast-paced routine to Jason Derulo’s “Get Ugly.”

Again, the use of light and props combined with their perfectly-synchronized, brilliantly-choreographed moves left everyone watching in awe.

This was their grandest performance yet, and we think that once you will see their routine, you will agree their spot on the AGT podium was well deserved.

2. Singer Angelica Hale

One of the show’s biggest revelations, 10-year-old Angelica Hale delivered a stunning performance which showcased her powerful vocals.

For America’s Got Talent finale, Angelica performed a rendition of “Symphony” by the Clean Bandits which reminded everyone why she is managed to make it so far out in the competition.

Her final appearance has earned high praise from all four members of the judges, and it is safe to say we will be hearing a lot more of her from now on.

Until then, enjoy (re)watching her brilliant performance.

1. Singing Ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer

For her final performance, 12-year-old Darci Lynne Farmer combined comedy with singing and ventriloquism – and it turned out to be the winning combination.

Darci stepped up her routine by bringing not one but two puppets to the stage. The comedy amped things up as well, but what helped Darcy hit it out of the ballpark was the singing.

No matter how many times you have watched this, it is still impressive!

Bring the Excitement of America’s Got Talent Finale at Your Next Event!

The artists and performers mentioned in this article are all different, but they all have one thing in common: they know how to entertain an audience and keep them engaged throughout their routine.

If you want America’s Got Talent level entertainment at your next event, make sure to get in touch with us as soon as possible. 

The Grable Group is a professional booking agency and entertainment company managing a select pool of speakers, comedians, artists, and entertainers.

Contact us now and tell us more about the kind of entertainment you picture for your upcoming event – and we will do our best to make it happen.

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