America's Got Talent: Simon Cowell calls 12-year-old 'the next Taylor Swift'

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A 12-year-old ukulele player gets the golden buzzer when she takes a risk and performs an original tune, "I Don't Know My Name." Check out Grace VanderWaal's amazing audition.

Simon Cowell made a bold prediction about a 12-year-old singer with a ukulele: "I think you're the next Taylor Swift.''

That's what he told Grace VanderWaal after she wowed the America's Got Talent' judges in Tuesday's auditions with a heart-piercing song she wrote about herself that immediately shot her into the semifinals.

"I don't know my name. I don't play by the rules of the game,'' she sang. "I'm lost, trying to get found in an ocean...''

Grace VanderWaal performs I Don't Know My Name on America's Got Talent.

Grace VanderWaal performs I Don't Know My Name on America's Got Talent.

The Suffern, New York, resident left the judges amazed as she took them, with a shy smile, on a musical ride peaking with, "I now know my name".

READ MORE: America's Got Talent: 82-Year-Old covers Drowning Pool's Nu-Metal anthem Bodies

 

Howie Mandel called her "a living, beautiful, walking miracle'' - then pressed the golden buzzer that sent her to the live semifinals.

On Tuesday night 82-year-old John Hetlinger, a retired aero-space engineer, performed a cover of the nu-metal anthem Bodies by Drowning Pool.

The raucous rendition left the judges gobsmacked and Hetlinger went through to the next round, three votes to one. 

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 - AP

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