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'America's Got Talent' Judges Hail Suffern's Grace VanderWaal

Grace VanderWaal
Grace VanderWaal Photo Credit: America's Got Talent/@nbcagt

SUFFERN, N.Y. -- Twelve-year-old Grace VanderWaal of Suffern said she wanted to shine in the “America’s Got Talent” semifinal competition. And shine, she did, according to lohud.com.

The singer and ukulele player performed on the television show during a live performance Tuesday night in the first round of the semifinals, according to lohud.com.

On Wednesday, she became the first of five contestants to move on to the show's finals competition, according to lohud.com .

The preteen performed an original song, “Light the Sky,” while accompanied by a cellist and percussionist, according to lohud.com.

From Heidi Klum to Simon Cowell and Howie Mandel, the judges offered the 12-year-old effusive praise, according to lohud.com.

VanderWaal first performed on the show in June and last week advanced to round one of the singing competition’s semifinals .

The 12-year-old has grown popular across the country since her early performances and can now be found on Facebook , Twitter and Instagram .

Click here to read the report from lohud.com .

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