Merrick Hanna is the 12-year-old dancer competing on America’s Got Talent, Season 12. But he’s more than a dancer — he’s a storyteller. For his audition, Merrick spun an emotional story about a beloved robot who (spoiler alert) dies at the end. AGT judge Howie Mandel admitted to getting teary. Simon Cowell had the same reaction — and more. “That was one of the best dance performances on the show.” Simon also described the performance as “smart, clever and current.” Current is a big criteria in show biz.
Simon also told Merrick that he wants the boy in a music video and that he would send a clip of his audition to his record label (Syco) right after the show. Something tells us when Simon says he’s going to do something, he does it. America’s Got Talent airs Tuesdays at 8pm on NBC.