Chris Hardwick sat in as a guest judge on America’s Got Talent on Tuesday night.
But he didn’t sit silently.
How could he, after Angelica Hale took to the stage and blew everyone away?
Only nine years old, Hale admitted at the outset of her audition that she was “a little nervous” but also “so excited” to perform for the second time this summer on the NBC competition.
She then belted out a version of Alicia Keys’ “Girl On Fire” that earned Hale a well-deserved standing ovation.
Close your eyes while listening to the video below and you’d never guess that the singer at the center of it is just nine years old.
Shortly after she finished, Howie Mandel asked the aspiring artist if she remembered what he told her last time.
“You said I had a good chance of winning ‘America’s Got Talent,’ and Howie, I’ll never forget that,” she adorably replied.
“I’ll never forget you and I still have not changed my mind,” Mandel said this time around, after which Mel B told Hale:
“You are such a beautiful ray of light. You have an amazing voice, an amazing stage presence. I just love you.”
Simon Cowell then then confessed that he wasn’t a fan of Hale’s song choice… at first, that is.
But she then forced him to change his mind.
“You nailed it, Angelica,” Cowell said.
And then the critique fell to Hardwick.
He gushed that Hale is an “adorable little child and then you open your mouth and it’s like how do those pipes fit in that tiny little body?!”
The After Midnight host then grew all dramatic and serious and announced: “I just feel like, Angelica, you are the chosen one!”
He pressed the Golden Buzzer button, confetti poured down, Hale screamed and Hardwick embraced the young reality star! Hooray!
Watch Hale’s amazing audition below: