A child ventriloquist wins “America’s Got Talent

I never watch these talent shows—or anything save the news and “60 Minutes” (with a few exceptions like “Vietnam”), but Malgorzata sent me this video of Darcy Lynne Farmer, who entered the “America’s Got Talent” competition at the age of only 12, which is when most of these performances were filmed. She’s already an amazing ventriloquist (and singer!), and says that she started doing it only two years before going on the show, after her mother gave her a puppet to help with her shyness.

Well, watch as much or as little of her performances as you want: they go all the way through to the final at the end. I watched them all at lunch, and, like Mel B says at the end of the first performance, “my heart melted.” Perhaps many of you have seen her or know of her, but this was new to me, and it’s a good way to end a rainy Friday.

Have a good weekend; I’ll be here all week, folks.


  1. John Conoboy
    Posted October 27, 2017 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    So much for the theory that you need 10,000 hours of practice to achieve a level of mastery.

    • Jake Sevins
      Posted October 27, 2017 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

      There are 8,760 hours in a year… and she took 2 years 😛

      • John Conoboy
        Posted October 27, 2017 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

        If you spend 40 hours a week on something that comes to 2,80–a standard work year. If she practiced 8 hours a day every day that would be 2,920 hours a year. I doubt she put in anything close to 10,000 hours.

        • GBJames
          Posted October 27, 2017 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

          Did you miss the smiley?

          • John Conoboy
            Posted October 27, 2017 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

            Apparently I am emoji impaired.

            • Wunold
              Posted October 28, 2017 at 6:44 am | Permalink


              • Wunold
                Posted October 28, 2017 at 6:46 am | Permalink

                Emoji imparement test: Does the post above look empty to you?

                [] yes

                [] no

  2. GBJames
    Posted October 27, 2017 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    Schmaltzy but great.

    • alexandra Moffat
      Posted October 27, 2017 at 4:07 pm | Permalink


  3. Diana MacPherson
    Posted October 27, 2017 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    She sings better with her mouth shut than I do with my big mouth open. I wish I could use her skill for evil at work like projecting my voice across rooms to whisper “bullshit!”

    • darrelle
      Posted October 27, 2017 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

      I like the way you think.

      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted October 27, 2017 at 7:03 pm | Permalink


  4. BJ
    Posted October 27, 2017 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

    Wow, she is amazing. She’s got every bit of the act down, from voices, to singing, to puppeteering, to throwing her voice.

    Did anyone else find the last minute of the video extremely creepy? Two little girls standing on stage in front of millions of people, waiting to find out which one received more votes? And then the host pausing for about half a minute before announcing the winner just to add drama, while the girls cried waiting to hear the result?

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted October 27, 2017 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

      Talent shows with children always trigger me. My childhood was filled with either experiencing or witnessing the abuse of children by teachers and coaches. I give stink eye if I see kids being coached in gymnastics and prepare myself to leap in a berate anyone who looks like they are about to berate a child. Thankfully, a lot has improved over the last 30 or so years but talking to “dance moms” I’ve heard these abusive teachers still exist but at least now most of the moms don’t stand for it.

      • John Conoboy
        Posted October 27, 2017 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

        Nott having seen the show, I wonder what the other girl did. They would be competing against many adults, as this is not a competition for just kids.

        • Diana MacPherson
          Posted October 27, 2017 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

          Yes, I know it’s not a kid show. Hence why I called it “a talent show with children” as in a talent show with children in it.

    • Posted October 28, 2017 at 8:14 am | Permalink

      I hate the “dramatic” pause (used in all programmes of this type now), which is just upsetting, and a waste of time. By all means pause for one second. Anything longer is just unwarranted torture, for both contestants and viewers.

    • John Taylor
      Posted October 28, 2017 at 10:31 am | Permalink

      I don’t see how it’s possible to “throw” your voice. I guess echoes exist but that isn’t what is happening here. She is singing into a mic. I think our brains just assume the sound comes from the flapping lips. All the sounds were actually coming out of the speaker on my telephone.

  5. Jeff Rankin
    Posted October 27, 2017 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

    Great – now I have melted heart syndrome. #meltedheartawareness

  6. Posted October 27, 2017 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

    Like JAC, I never watch such shows, but must admit that while I only watched the first portion, I enjoyed it and even chuckled a few times. Thanks Jerry.

  7. Posted October 27, 2017 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

    I did not see one nazi in this act, just joy and happy faces… i”m so disappointed.

  8. Diane G.
    Posted October 28, 2017 at 3:04 am | Permalink

    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  9. ladyatheist
    Posted October 28, 2017 at 7:13 am | Permalink

    I have mixed feelings about this. The grand prize includes a year-long contract in Vegas, and she’s too young to work in a regular job. Why should she be exploited in the entertainment industry?

    (feeling a bit cranky this morning)

    • John Taylor
      Posted October 28, 2017 at 10:46 am | Permalink

      I say take the money and run. You see chess prodigies competing at a young age. I just watched a three year old take on a former world champ. He shed some tears on losing but after a hug from mom and receiving some loot didn’t seem too worse for wear. Some child actors end up all drugged out and a mess but so do all sorts of adult actors and musicians. Hopefully she will have some responsible adults around to help manage the money and make sure she gets a proper education. Some of us just end up with enough talent to get a jump on life. At 12 I was barely able to keep my shoes tied.

  10. nicky
    Posted October 28, 2017 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    Yes, she is amazing. Im a kind a softy and moved to tears by these kind of things, can’t keep it dry.
    The last time (I rarely see these shows) I was moved to tears -and shocked- was by 9 year old Amira Willighagen on “Holland’s got talent”

    • claudia baker
      Posted October 28, 2017 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, she is amazing. Moved me to tears too.

  11. Deshika gamage
    Posted October 29, 2017 at 7:11 am | Permalink

    Me too i have wach her performance…she is really relented little girl…i wish her good luck

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