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12-Year-Old Texan Wows ‘America’s Got Talent’ Judges with Merle Haggard Classic

America’s Got Talent is in full swing, with hundreds of hopefuls from across the country taking the stage to audition in front of the famous judges for a chance to start their music careers. One such hopeful was Kadie Lynn Roberson of Kemp, Texas. The 12-year-old girl chose to sing a Merle Haggard classic, “Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Star” (despite America’s Got Talent thinking it’s a “country spin on a bedtime classic”).

“Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Star” was released in 1987 as part of Haggard’s album Chill Factor. The song, which Haggard co-wrote with Freddy Powers, hit No. 1 and then spent 15 weeks on the country charts.

Kadie Lynn Roberson stepped out onto the stage with her guitar wearing a youthful and funky dress with a pair of cowboy boots. Her parents waited on the wings, nervously listening. There was no need for her parents to fret, though — Roberson did the song justice and had the crowd roaring.

Not shown in the video are the judges offering Roberson high praise for her performance. “This show is a bit like mining for talent. We dig, and we dig, and we find a diamond and that’s what we found today. Your voice is so mature and so real. I’m so impressed,” said Simon Cowell.

Needless to say, Roberson got four yesses which means she’s moving on to the next round.

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12-Year-Old Texan Wows ‘America’s Got Talent’ Judges with Merle Haggard Classic