Grace VanderWaal got one of Simon Cowell’s greatest compliments ever when he told the 12-year-old she was the ‘Next Taylor Swift.’ Grace tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY how she feels about the lofty comparison.
Simon Cowell, set the bar for 12-year-old Grace VanderWaal ridiculously high by calling the young singer/songwriter, “the next Taylor Swift” after her mind-blowing America’s Got Talent audition. Now Grace is revealing to HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY what she feels about Simon’s thoughts!
HollywoodLife.com spoke to Grace EXCLUSIVELY and she noted her thoughts on Taylor saying, “Well I used to be like obsessed with her when she was in like her country days when I was like nine. I really don’t listen to her that much, but I hear her on the radio and I know every single word to all her songs!” Seems Grace likes her country roots more than Taylor’s transition to pop superstardom, that was one of the main reasons that helped take her to worldwide domination! But hey, her time in country was very cool too!
Grace added and took Simon’s comparison to mean that she’s going to have a career as massive as Tay Tay’s saying,”You know I want to be unique and my own person. I think what Simon meant by that was the success. I mean everyone knows Taylor Swift, there is not one person who doesn’t know Taylor Swift and I think that is what he implied by that!” the grade schooler from Suffern, NY shared with us.
The cutie captured everyone’s hearts when she strode onto the AGT stage auditions June 7 with her ukulele and sang an original piece called, “I Don’t Know My Name,” blowing the audiences minds and impressing the judges big time. Hmmm, an adorable young girl who writes her own songs, plays her own instruments, and has the voice of an angel? Yep, sounds exactly like how Taylor started out. Stream Taylor’s music, completely unlimited and ad-free, RIGHT HERE.
Not only did Simon predict that Grace would follow in Taylor’s footsteps, fellow judge Howie Mandel, 60, was so moved by her performance that he called her a “living, beautiful, walking miracle,” with the well-known germaphobe going as far to come up on stage and give her a great big hug, something he never EVER does. Grace earned herself a Golden Ticket to the live competitions and the video of her performance on AGT has since gone completely viral, with over 11 million YouTube hits.
HollywoodLifers, We love Grace! Do you think Grace will ever become as famous as Taylor? Or even more? We think she has a great chance with how well she did in her debut on AGT!