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WATCH: Young Fil-Am who wowed judges of America’s Got Talent has tear-jerking backstory


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A young Filipina-American talent has just proven to the world she has what it takes to be a future superstar.

Young Fil-Am who wowed judges of America’s Got Talent has tear-jerking backstory

Angelica Hale, a nine-year-old Pinay kid, has wowed judges and audience of the hit reality show America’s Got Talent with her powerful rendition of Andra Day’s song “Rise Up” during her audition. Judges have nothing but praises for the tiny girl with the huge voice.

Judge Simon Cowell, who described Hale as “a star in the future” said: “This shouldn’t happen. You’re tiny. Your voice is huge. You are absolutely brilliant.”


But the little girl with a great voice has a moving story that will certainly blow you away.

Back in 2013, 4-year-old Hale was on life support and was in dire need of a life-saving kidney transplant.

"Five years ago, we never imagined that she would be here today. When Angelica was 4 years old, she started coughing and having fever. We brought her to the emergency room and that's when we found out that she had double pneumonia and her kidney stopped working,” her father James narrated during the show.

After spending 80 days in the hospital and 6 weeks at the pediatric intensive care unit, Luckily, Hale surpassed the test after getting a kidney transplant from her mother.

Today, the young kidney transplant survivor serves as an inspiration to young kids as she aspires to be the next Whitney Houston.


Many other reality show contestants with Filipino descent have proven that they have what it takes to make it big in the international music scene. Rose Fostanes emerged as the first winner of the X-Factor in Israel in 2014, while student Cyrus Villanueva ended up winning X-Factor Australia in 2015. A year prior to Villanueva’s win, Marlisa Punzalan also won the same contest. American Idol runners-up Jessica Sanchez, Malaya Watson and Jasmine Trias have also made their mark in the music industry.

-- Mini, The Summit Express

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