In 2017, an incredible young dancer named Merrick Hanna auditioned for AGT and wowed the judges. He even received high praise from music mogul Simon Cowell, who wanted to put him in a music video.
Merrick, who was 12 at the time of his audition, said he was inspired by his grandmother. Check out Merrick’s audition for Season 12 below, and read on to find out what the judges thought of his performance.
12-Year-Old Dancer Merrick Hanna Auditions For ‘AGT’
When asked who influenced Merrick’s love of dance, he said his grandma. “She’s 80 years old, and she takes four dance classes a week,” he explained. He added that his style of dance impersonates “a robot that’s kind of broken and floppy.”
Merrick went on to perform a dance routine set to Alec Benjamin’s “I Built a Friend.” It told the story of a dying robot, making the AGT audience gasp with emotion. The performance brought Simon Cowell to his feet.
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Simon called it “one of the best dance performances I’ve ever seen on this show.” He added that he would cast Merrick in a pop music video. “It’s fantastic,” he said. “It’s so smart, so clever, so current.”
Later, Simon told Merrick that he would show the audition to his record label’s staff. Howie, who said the performance almost brought him to tears, joked that he would show the audition to his wife. “It’s not gonna help you, but I just wanna show a tape too,” he said.
How Far Did Merrick Get In The Competition?
Merrick received four “yes” votes from the AGT judges to move forward. He made it to the Semifinals of Season 12, but was unfortunately eliminated from the competition. However, that hasn’t stopped Merrick from dancing.
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Over the years, Merrick has appeared on other show such as Dance Squad and So You Think You Can Dance. Now 15, Merrick has over 900,000 followers on Instagram and more than 6 million followers on TikTok, where he posts dance videos.
Merrick also has a YouTube channel, where he posts dance routines and videos about his life. Just so you know it’s him, Merrick has written in his TikTok bio, “Yes I’m that kid from AGT.”