Simon Cowell Dubs 12-Year-Old ‘The Next Taylor Swift’

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Simon Cowell made a bold prediction about a 12-year-old singer with a ukulele: "I think you're the next Taylor Swift."

That's what he told Grace VanderWaal after she wowed the "America's Got Talent" judges in Tuesday's auditions with a heart-piercing song she wrote about herself that immediately shot her into the semifinals.

"I don't know by name. I don't play by the rules of the game," she sang. "I'm lost, trying to get found in an ocean..."

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The Suffern, New York, resident left the judges amazed as she took them, with a shy smile, on a musical ride peaking with, "I now know my name."

Howie Mandel called her "a living, beautiful, walking miracle" — then pressed the golden buzzer that sent her to the live semifinals.

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