Just Before AGT Finals, Fans Hit With Worst News About Young Teen Contestant
LifeAspire Staff 9/11/2017
America's Got Talent is a modern day menagerie of all kinds of people trying to wow the judges with their best talents. Once in a while though, what's more impressive than the breathtaking performance is the story that goes with it.
Proving the point recently is Evie Clair from the tiny town of Florence, Arizona. When describing her hometown, Evie told the judges that there are five prisons and no grocery store.
Based on the reactions of the judges and the audience, Evie's town seemed like a joke someone made up, rather than a real place! Making Evie's story even more heartbreaking was when she shared the fact that her father was battling stage four colon cancer with only a 5 percent chance of recovery.
But in spite of all this tragedy, the timid 13-year-old managed to move judges and fans to tears, once she started singing. They say art is even more moving when it is inspired by pain, and in Evie's case, her beautiful voice also seemed to carry her sad story.
Evie picked the song "Arms" by Christina Perri, which she also sang to comfort her dad at home. Anyone who has seen the performance won't be surprised to learn that Evie rocked it (as her dad and mom cheered her on from the side), and moved on to compete further.
She eventually made it to the finals as well. But even with all new fans around the nation, cheering Evie to the finish line, unfortunately, she will be one fan short during her final performance on Sept. 19.
The Clair family sadly reported the passing of Evie's dad on Sept. 7, just days before Evie is taking the stage one last time on AGT. Evie posted on Instagram shortly after her loss, saying:
"I’ll miss you so much, Daddy. Thanks for teaching me to love salsa and chicken wings and most of all the Lord. Love you lots. RIP: 9/7/17. Say a prayer, a prayer on forever. Time is only now, Soon we’ll be together.’ I hope I made you proud, Daddy. I’ve always done it for you and I’ll do it for you forever.”
For those of us who are fortunate enough to still be able to hug and laugh with our parents, it is hard to image just what Evie is going through. Sadness yes, but also the loss of perhaps her biggest fan in life who didn't get to see her potentially go on to win the competition and make her name in the music world. There's no doubt however, that he'll be watching his baby girl from up above.
Singing is what brought Evie to the stage, and hopefully her talent will also carry her through the pain! Don't forget to check out her final performance on America's Got Talent on September 19th.