“America’s Got Talent.”

Darci Lynne Farmer

The Oklahoma City, Oklahoma native has been a favorite on the summer TV talent show since she and her rabbit puppet Petunia delivered a stunning rendition of George Gershwin’s “Summertime” on the May 30 season premiere episode. Former Spice Girl Mel B., one of the show’s four judges, opted to hit her Golden Buzzer, allowing Darci to surpass the rest of the competition and advance straight to the live shows.

“Just revel in this moment ‘cause it’s all yours,” Mel B. advised Darci after the girl was announced as a finalist. “I’ve got a sneaky feeling you’re gonna win this. I really do believe that. I really do. Keep doing what you’re doing. America loves you, and I love you. You are absolutely incredible. You really are. Enjoy this. You deserve it.”

On the Aug. 15 quarterfinals episode, Darci again showcased her skills as both a ventriloquist and vocalist with a new puppet, an adorably awkward mouse named Oscar with whom she dedicated to Mel B. a soulful rendition of The Jackson 5’s “Who’s Lovin’ You.”

On Tuesday’s semifinals show, the seventh-grader and her sassy senior citizen character Edna Doorknocker serenaded curmudgeonly judge Simon Cowell with a heartfelt cover of the Aretha Franklin classic “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," earning a standing ovation from the studio audience by the first chorus. Through the puppet, the ventriloquist told Banks tonight that she didn’t know yet if she would bring back Edna or a different character in the finals.

The host said the 11 semifinalists who performed on Tuesday’s show garnered the highest number of votes in “America’s Got Talent” history. Along with Darci, the other finalists revealed on Wednesday night were comedian Preacher Lawson, dog act Sara and Hero, singer and pianist Evie Clair and singer-songwriter Chase Goehring.M/p>

“America’s Got Talent” Season 12 continues with another round of 11 semifinalists competing at 8 p.m. Tuesday, with the results show at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The finals are scheduled for Sept. 19-20 on NBC.

The winner receives a $1 million prize and a Las Vegas headlining opportunity.

“Now it’s really unpredictable because it’s in America’s hands … and you never know: America could love you or could not like you at all,” Darci stated in a summer interview, “Winning would be amazing.”

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