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2 contestants 70 years apart in age steal America’s Got Talent spotlight

This season of America’s Got Talent may have the strangest rivalry the show has ever seen. Proving age is really nothing but a number, the show’s two strongest performances were from an 82-year-old and a 12-year-old. They may have disproportionate life experience, but they definitely both have talent.

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First, we had 82-year-old John Hetlinger singing Drowning Pool’s “Bodies.” Hetlinger, a retired aerospace engineer, called his appearance on the show “high point of my life and many careers.”
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Next up, 12-year-old Grace VanderWaal performed an original composition on her ukulele. Judge Howie Mandel agrees that it doesn’t get much cuter than a girl with a guitar. She earned a golden buzzer and, even more impressively, a standing ovation from Simon Cowell.

Cowell had the highest of all compliments for VanderWaal, who we bet we’ll be seeing on the pop charts very soon if he has anything to do with it. Cowell said, “Grace, you know what I predict for you? I think you are the next Taylor Swift.” That’s a mouthful for a 12-year-old girl to hear. Hetlinger, watch out, your rival may be young, but she knows exactly whose (very big) shoes she’s going to fill.

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