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Angelica Hale Makes 'America's Got Talent' History, and Fans Are Erupting

Clark Sparky 23 Jan 2019

At just 11 years-old, Angelica Hale became the first contestant to ever get two golden buzzers.

'Fight Song'

On Monday night's episode of "America's Got Talent," 11-year-old Hale came out and sang Rachel Platten's "Fight Song." It went over quite well with the crowd and judges.

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Golden Buzzer

So much so that judge Howie Mandel hit the golden buzzer. For those who don't know, each judge gets one golden buzzer per season. When they use it, the contestant automatically advances regardless of how the other judges vote.

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Making History


This was the second time Hale earned a golden buzzer, which had previously never happened in show history. Her first golden buzzer was for singing Alicia Keys' "Girl on Fire" during the 2017 season.

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Living a Dream

After the show, Hale tweeted that she felt like she was living a dream. 11-year-olds have their own social media accounts now. Wild.

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Rough Road

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All of this is pretty amazing considering what Hale had to go through to get to this point. At age 4, she had severe bacterial pneumonia that led to septic shock which shut down some of her organs. She spent 12 days on life-support. In 2013, she received a life-saving kidney transplant from her mom.

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Accounts across Twitter started sharing their congrats for Hale's accomplishment.

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Then vs. Now

The show tweeted a side-by-side of her reaction to both buzzers. Not much has changed.

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Some people were overcome by the moment, tweeting that it brought them to tears.

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Good Work, Howie

Others were quick to give kudos to Howie for using his one golden buzzer on Hale.

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Finals Heating Up

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Hale will compete against another buzzer winner, Susan Boyle, during the show's finals.

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My Fight Song

When asked why she chose "Fight Song," Hale put it simply:

“I really am fighting for my place here at ‘AGT: Champions’ and I think this song really applies to what I’m doing here today.”

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She's Turning Out Beautifully

Angelica continues to grow and mature on the show; it's clear when you compare a picture of her from Season 12 to now.

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