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Performance [44] 30-Aug-2016 (AGT - Competition)

AGT Semi-finals


In the semifinals Grace was up against Sal Valentinetti (Singer), Blake Vogt (Magician), Edgar (Family Band), Lori Mae Hernandez (Stand-up Comedian), Musicality (A-cappella Group), Deadly Games (Extreme Knife Throwers), Tape Face (Mime), Jon Dorenbos (Magician), Malevo (Malambo Dance Group) and Laura Bretan (Singer), Valentinetti, Tape Face, Dorenbos and Laura Bretan advanced with Grace from this semifinal to the finals. (Source: Wikipedia)

Most media-reports from Grace's appearance on the semi-finals do not add much colouring or impressions to the facts. The two that stands out here are, interestingly, bot country music sites:

12-Year-old America’s Got Talent star dazzles in breathtaking semi-finals performance
”VanderWaal performed an original song for the judges and viewers. Called “Light the Sky,” the song showed off all aspects of VanderWaal’s immense talent. Standing on stage with twinkling lights and a fog hanging around her, VanderWaal’s performance was almost dream-like, and it sure was a good dream!” (Country Rebel, undated)

Grace VanderWaal Wows with Original Song “Light The Sky”
”Honestly, I’m running out of positive adjectives to attach to 12-year-old singer-songwriter and “America’s Got Talent” contestant Grace VanderWaal‘s name. I mean, she’s absolutely stunning in every way, I’ll just leave it at that. Throughout her time on “AGT,” the talented youngster has continually blown America away with her original music — and last night was no exception. During the show’s semifinals, she, once again, presented us with a self-penned song, this time entitled “Light The Sky.” Not only were the lyrics touching and pertinent, but the music itself perfectly showcased Grace’s stunningly unique vocals and effortless musicality. (Erin Brelsford for One Country, Aug. 31, 2016)

Due to the time limits set by AGT. This is the not the full version of "Light The Sky". Grace did her first performance of the full version a few days later, at home.

(Off YouTube)


Grace Vanderwaal - Ukulele, vocals

Elijah Wood - Percussion

Hillary Smith - Cello


1. Light The Sky (first)

Reviews, Recaps, Behind the Scenes etc.

Type Comment Link
Performance related Semifinals results
Review (AfterBuzz TV) America's Got Talent Season 11 Episodes 17 & 18 Review w/ Kadan & Brooklyn Rockett | AfterBuzz TV
Review (One Country) Grace VanderWaal Wows with Original Song “Light The Sky” at “America’s Got Talent” Semifinals
Review (Country Rebel) 12-Year-old America's Got Talent Star Dazles in Breathtaking Semi-finals performance
Media, PR etc The IncrediblePerformance That Made Her An ‘AGT’Finalist
Media, PR etc Behind the scenes seminfinals (Photo series)
Timeline content Grace Vanderwaal Timeline on Facebook: Performance
Timeline content Grace Vanderwaal Timeline on Facebook: Results

Times Performed

Grace has performed: 7 times at this venue, 10 times in this city, 55 times in this state, 439 times in this country