I am decidedly not a fan of reality TV as a genre. Nevertheless, there have been occasional stand out performances on the talent shows.
This Aug 30 performance by 12 year old Grace Vanderwaal is truly inspirational. She has many musical gifts and brings a fresh outlook to her art. She writes her own original songs, plays the ukele exceptionally and she sings like an angel – and she does it all live in front of a national TV audience. She is charming in a manner that cannot be ascribed to mere “stage presence”. It takes a special talent to bring an entire audience to tears.
It’s even worth watching the cheesy production of her backstory at the beginning of this video – she is the most quotable person I’ve seen come from the quagmire that is reality TV.
Quote (song lyric): “Cause the stars are dull when they’re compared to you and I – And if people don’t like it then they can close their eyes”
More awesomeness from Grace:
Quote (song lyric): “You think that you know my heart – And you probably do – So I’m always with you”
Quote (interview after song): “I feel like I’m just daydreaming and I’m getting ready to wake up”