|Real Name:||Darci Lynne Farmer|
|Birthday:||October 12, 2004|
|Net Worth:||$3 million|
|Occupation:||American Ventriloquist, Singer|
Darci Lynne Farmer won Season 12 of the NBC competition show America’s Got Talent. She finished as the runner-up of the first season of America’s Got Talent: The Champions. Darci is a ventriloquist and a singer. She is the third female and third child winner of AGT. And she is the third ventriloquist to win the show as well.
She got a hefty amount of money when she won AGT. Darci got a prize money of more than $1 million as well as a contract with Las Vegas to perform there. Fun fact: her parents didn’t support her interest in ventriloquism. As a child, she practiced in front of the mirror. She begged her parents to get her a puppet. But they wanted her to sing, not perform as a ventriloquist.
After persistent begging, Darci got her first puppet, Katie, for her 10th birthday. Two weeks later, she started performing in local talent shows. Now, after winning AGT, Darci Lynne’s fortune is more than $3 million.
Born in Oklahoma City in 2004, Darci loved singing. Yet, she was shy. Darci was afraid to perform in front of an audience. In the beginning, she practiced in front of a mirror. Her parents encouraged her to overcome her shyness by enrolling her in the 2014 International Cinderella Scholarship Program. There, she won the International Mini Miss.
At the contest, she met with Laryssa Bonacquisti, a young ventriloquist. She inspired her to try the profession as well. As we said before, her parents didn’t support the idea. But they got her a puppet for her 10th birthday.
In 2014, Darci entered Edmond’s Got Talent show. There, she won the first prize after preparing and using every bit of tip and advice Laryssa gave her. Ventriloquist coach Gary Owen noticed her and took her as a student. He serves as her business manager as well. Together, they won a couple of local shows in the next few years.
Everything changed when she entered the 12th season of America’s Got Talent in 2017. In the first episode, Lynne and her puppet Petunia performed Summertime. The comedy-singing act featured Petunia cutting off Lynne and continuing singing. Mel B praised the act and pressed the Golden Buzzer, propelling Darci into the quarterfinals.
Within 30 hours of broadcast, the video of Darci and Petunia became the most viewed video in the show’s history. The same year, the video finished fourth on YouTube’s 10 trending videos of the year.
In the quarterfinals, Darci performed a serenade for Mel B using her Motown mouse puppet, Oscar. All of the judges gave her a standing ovation. In the semifinals, she brought her puppet Edna Doorknocker and sang You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman. During the performance, she stood next to the judges so the puppet could flirt with Simon Cowell.
During the final competition appearance, Darci performed With a Little Help from My Friends. Petunia and Oscar made it to the stage. Simon predicted she will win the show. In the Finale, she performed alongside her mentor Terry Fator, previous AGT winner. The two performed Anything You Can Do.
Following her win on America’s Got Talent, Darci rose to nationwide stardom. She appeared in Jeff Dunham’s video The Haunted House on Dunham Hill. Darci also served as a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. In December the same year, she appeared as part of the charity event One Night With the Stars at Madison Square Garden.
In November, the young star announced Darci Lynne and Friends Tour. The national tour started with five locations in January and February 2018. And then it got expanded to 52 dates between January 2018 and January 2019. She did nine Christmas performances in November and December.
In January 2019, Darci returned to America’s Got Talent. She appeared in America’s Got Talent: The Champions. In the preliminaries, she performed a medley of Nutbush City Limits and Proud Marry with Oscar. Darci did not receive enough votes to continue to the next round. But she got brought back as a wild card act. Darci finished up as a runner-up in the Finals to magician Shin Lim.
In October 2018, Darci announced a second tour starting in February 2019. Titled Darci Lynne and Friends: Fresh Out of the Box, the tour was another success.
Darci will return to AGT in August as a guest performer. She has multiple characters for her performances. Petunia is her most famous character a singing white bunny. But here are some of her other characters:
– Oscar – shuttering and nervous Motown mouse
– Edna Doorknocker – naughty old lady with a crush on Simon Cowell
– Katie – sassy cowgirl that can yodel
– Okie – yellow duck who can impersonate Elvis Presley
– Ace – big brown monkey
– Scarlett– sassy debutante fox
– Nigel – smart British bird
Awards and Achievements
Lynne’s success on America’s Got Talent is well-documented. Many praise her ventriloquism skills. Bill King described her performance as so “seamless you need to be reminded of its difficulty”. Terry Fator, her idol, says she is unbelievable and perfect. And let’s not forget, Darci is just a young teenager. She will get much, much better.
In August 2020, the Edmond Historical Society and Museum opened an exhibit as a tribute to her. Titled Darci Lynne’s Got Talent, the exhibit included clothing from her television performances. There are also her practice puppets, tour posters, and many scripts.
As of August 2020, Darci Lynne’s fortune is more than $3 million. She got a hefty amount to her piggy bank after winning AGT. That got her $1 million prize money and her own show in Las Vegas. For the past three years, she tours the country and made more than 100 stops.
She is only 15 years old, yet she is among the richest ventriloquists. Terry Fator with $160 million fortune is the gold standard. But Darci can get there.
Many companies book her for events and charities. Individuals can book her for performance as well. The price depends on many details, including venue, number of guests, and more.
Darci is among the richest America’s Got Talent winners. She is not in the top 5 but makes the Top 10 list. The richest winner is Terry Fator.
But Darci is right there with Number 5, magician John Dorenbos. His cash flow is between $3 and $4 million. Jackie Evancho is fourth with $4 million.
The top 3 AGT winners in terms of wealth are Lindsey Sterling, Jabbawockeez, and Terry Fator. Lindsey is a violinist that made it only to the quarterfinals but earns more money than winners. She has a fortune of $12 million. Collectively, the eight-member hip hop dance crew cash flow is $25 million. And Terry, the big winner of Season 2 is the standard with $160 million fortune.