America's Got Talent Contestant Evie Clair's Father Dies Days Ahead Of Finale

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The victor of AGT Season 12 will be announced during Wednesday (Sept. 20) night's show beginning at 8 p.m. EST on NBC.

Evie Clair gave an emotional tribute performance on the finals round of "America's Got Talent" in memory of her late father. Clair received a standing ovation from the crowd and judges. "My dad taught me after I started something to always finish it", she said, "That's why I'm fighting till the end just like he did".

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The story of the 13-year-old and her father has been part of her journey on the show since she auditioned back in June.

The 21-year-old singer chose to perform another original song, one that he's never performed before called "Mirror"! "I know your dad's up there looking down on you".

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Recently on the show, Evie returned to perform a somber version of the Louis Armstrong classic "What A Wonderful World", dedicating it once again to her father who died in early September. That was a ideal tribute to your dad. Wearing a gold long-sleeve mini dress, Hale sounded like a true pop star in her performance that left the entire audience in loud cheers. And while there were kid ventriloquists, beloved dog acts and fantastic dance troupes, half of the finalists performing in the finale for judges Mel B, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Simon Cowell were singers: Mandy Harvey, Angelica Hale, Kechi, Chase Goehring and Evie Clair.

The performers are hoping it's enough to earn America's vote.

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