LIMA — Darci Lynne Farmer, 13, has done a lot of outstanding things in her young life. The most notable feat was winning 2017 “America’s Got Talent” competition when she was just 12 years old with her ventriloquism skills and singing talent.
She is headlining the entertainment at this year’s Allen County Fair.
“I’ve been to one fair so far. I come on and I have my four friends with me. It’s a really, really fun show. I’m really excited to come. It’s going to be a lot of fun,” said Darci Lynne.
Darci Lynne’s four friends consists of her puppets, Petunia, Oscar, Okie and Katie. Darci Lynne creates the characters and personalities of her puppets with the help of others.
“My parents help me a lot and a lot of people help me, I get ideas from all over the place. It depends, sometimes it takes weeks to come up with a character, or like ten minutes! It’s really weird how I do it, I don’t even know,” said Darci Lynne.
Darci Lynne is from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Her family consists of her parents and three brothers along with Darci.
It was Darci’s mom who kick started Darci’s singing, helping her daughter learn the basics at just age 6.
“My mom is a singer, so I got it from her. She kind of taught me and then later on I got a vocal coach,” said Darci Lynne.
Her interest in ventriloquism occurred when she met a girl that was performing a ventriloquism act.
“I was inspired by a girl that I met a long time ago. She was a ventriloquist and I watched her do her thing one time and I was like oh my gosh I have to do that! And so, she gave me tips and pointers and I went home and I practiced in my mirror and I just got the hang of it pretty quick and I entered my first local competition,” said Darci Lynne.
Darci Lynne entered the Edmond’s Got Talent competition, in Edmond, Oklahoma, when she was 10 years old, and won. Two years later, she competed in “America’s Got Talent.”
“I had been watching ‘America’s Got Talent’ before that, and I decided to do it when I was 12,” said Darci Lynne.
As fans of the show know, Darci Lynne won the 2017 competition, setting the record as the youngest contestant to ever win “America’s Got Talent.” Her winning final performance has more than 21 million views on AGT’s YouTube, more than any other finals performance on the show.
Winning the competition was a surreal experience for Darci Lynne.
“When I won, I think I was so delusional, I had no idea what was happening. It was super exciting and I don’t know if it has sunk in yet, it’s so crazy,” said Darci Lynne.
Winning the show has changed her life immensely. She is traveling and touring throughout the United States.
“Yes, it has changed my life so much. I’ve gotten to do so many things that I never would have gotten to do without winning ‘America’s Got Talent.’ It’s crazy,” said Darci Lynne. “I enjoy seeing new places and it’s fun to say that I’ve been all over the United States. It’s really, really fun. I enjoy it.”
Darci Lynne does not get nervous before performing and credits being on “America’s Got Talent” and performing in front of millions of people.
“I don’t get nervous as much as I used to. AGT has really helped with that, being in front of millions of people watching their TV’s, I think it was about 14 to 16 million people, and I got used to it. Now, going on tour, I’m only performing in front of thousands of people so I’m kind of used to it. It’s more fun going out there than more nervous,” said Darci Lynne.
Her future consists of starting eighth grade at Deercreek Middle School in August and hanging out with her friends.
“School starts August 15 so I’m actually going back to AGT and I’m going to be a guest on the first live show on Aug. 15, so school starts when I’m going to be performing on live TV. I’m going to be going to school on the third day. It will be my first day, but actually the third day,” said Darci Lynne. “I have the best group of friends ever. They’re really, really important and they love me a lot. I love to hang out with my friends.”
However, don’t count her out on the talent scene, as she’d like to venture into TV or movies.
“I just kind of want to do it all,” said Darci Lynne. “I have some really exciting things coming up that I can’t talk about yet.”
Reach Merri Hanjora at 567-242-0511.