America's Got Talent's most recent winner earned the top prize with a skill we don't often see on TV shows. And that's awesome!
Fans of America's Got Talent have seen plenty of true talents perform on the hit show, but here's something we haven't seen much of on this (or, well, any!) show: Ventriloquists.
Until now. A 12-year-old girl just won the entire competition—against all odds, one might say—for her incredible mastery of ventriloquism. Darci Lynne Farmer took home the $1 million prize on the show's September 21 finale. And while she isn't a typical singer or actress or comedian...she's actually an incredible combination of all those things, albeit with a quirky twist.
While there are people out there who can recite every winner in the show's history, most of us don't have that ability. Still, this little girl's legacy is incredibly important: She's not a pop star or a dancer or athlete—which is to say, her skill isn't one that's consistently celebrated on a social level. Instead, she brought an unconventional talent to the masses, and in doing so, she validated the unconventional hobbies of kids everywhere.
During her initial audition, Farmer took the stage and made this very point. "I would really like to keep ventriloquism alive," she said. "Because it's not common, you know?"
The pre-teen launched into her mind-blowing audition, which highlighted her musical and comedic talents along with her insane abilities as a ventriloquist—the audition was so strong, it earned her a standing ovation from the entire audience (even Simon Cowell got on his feet!) and the honor of a golden buzzer. Fans everywhere predicted Farmer would take the ultimate prize home at that very moment...and sure enough, she did.
She's obviously representing ventriloquists everywhere, but that's not the only legacy this champ leaves behind. She's also a symbol for quirky talent and a positive role model for kids everywhere who love things not many people appreciate or even understand. In short, she's an original—and it's wonderful to see an obviously sweet kid with an unusual love take home such a huge, mainstream prize. We imagine a lot of kids saw themselves in Farmer.
So parents, encourage your kids to pursue their hobbies and talents, no matter how far under the radar they may fly. Who knows? Those offbeat passions just may make them famous before they enter their teens.