America's Got Talent: Look out world, Simon Cowell thinks he has found 'the next Taylor Swift' in Grace VanderWaal

The 12-year-old performed her own song on Ukelele 

Jack Shepherd@JackJShepherd
Wednesday 08 June 2016 09:54
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Every so often, TV talent shows manage to shine a light on genuine talent, and when they do, fame and fortune often come soon after (well, at least 10-minutes of the former).

This week’s TV champion is 12-year-old Grace VanderWaal who appeared on America’s Got Talent.

The young woman stood on stage with her Ukulele and performed her own song “I Don’t Know My Name” in front of a huge audience, big enough to make even the most respected artists nervous.

Asked before performing whether she thought she could win by judge Simon Cowell, VanderWaal said: “Miracles can happen, so possibly.”

After the performance, Cowell said that she could be “the next Taylor Swift.” Viewers were quick to note that, not only were the lyrics and style very close to Swift’s older days, but her hairstyle was indeed very similar to the superstar’s.

In the end, it was judge Howie Mandell who put the singer through, deciding almost instantly to press the Golden Buzzer, putting the 12-year-old through to the next stage.

Earlier this month, Cowell confirmed the judging panel for the UK’s X-Factor, bringing back some very familiar faces.

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