Twelve-year-old ventriloquist earns first golden buzzer on America’s Got Talent

PASADENA, CA (WCMH) – A 12-year-old girl from Oklahoma City earned this season’s first golden buzzer on America’s Got Talent Tuesday.

Darci Lynne Farmer and her bunny, Petunia, performed a rendition of Ella Fitzgerald’s “Summertime” in front of judges Mel B., Howie Mandel, Simon Cowell and Heidi Klum.

Before her performance, Darci told the judges she wanted to help keep ventriloquism alive because it’s not very common anymore.

“You know what’s really sweet? Your puppet, I’m guessing is exactly like you, very charming and adorable,” Mel B. said before hitting the golden buzzer. “You were brilliant.”

The golden buzzer advances contestants straight to the live rounds of the show from the audition round. Each judge is allotted only one golden buzzer for the entire competition.

Check out more of Darci’s routine here: provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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