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Q-and-A with Darci Lynne Farmer: 'America's Got Talent' champ returns to school in Oklahoma

Q-and-A with Darci Lynne Farmer: 'America's Got Talent' champ returns to school in Oklahoma

OKC’s Darci Lynne Farmer talks going back to school, her plans for prize money

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Darci Lynne Farmer wants a golf cart for her birthday. She wants to meet Jimmy Fallon (and a few other folks). She very much wants a new pet. And, after four weeks away, she really needs to get caught up on homework.

Farmer, a 12-year-old singing ventriloquist from Oklahoma City, was crowned the winner of “America’s Got Talent” last week. Her prize for winning the NBC reality TV competition: One million dollars and the opportunity to headline an “America’s Got Talent Live” show at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino next month in Las Vegas.

After a few get-back-to-normal days, Farmer took part in a Wednesday telephone interview with the Tulsa World.

Among excerpts:

People who have interviewed you have focused on the million dollars and what you might want to buy with it. You told them you wanted a pug. Have you gotten the pug?

I haven’t yet. My parents are still debating if they want one.

Can you do anything to persuade them, like giving them a “look” or saying “double please?”

I probably should try the puppy dog eyes on them.

Of all the kinds of dogs in the world, why do you want a pug?

Because obviously they are adorable, and they have wrinkles on their face, which I think is so cute, and they have little fat rolls as well. I think little chubby dogs are the cutest.

Has it been a while since you’ve had a dog?

I have one right now but he’s getting old, so I will probably need another little dog to keep me happy when he passes away.

What kind of dog is it?

I have a dachshund. He’s a little wiener dog.

You went back to Deer Creek Middle School on Monday?

Yes I did. It has been kind of rough going back because I have a lot of homework, but I’m glad to be here to sleep in my own bed.

What was it like going back to school for the first time after winning AGT?

It was really fun. Nobody really swarmed around me or bombarded me at all. I just kind of felt like a normal kid.

Have you gotten any congratulations from famous people?

Farmer mentioned that she has been congratulated by ventriloquists Terry Fator, Jeff Dunham and Paul Zerdin (AGT’s season 10 winner), plus Broken Arrow’s Kristin Chenoweth, who tweeted this: “So proud of my little nugget @ItsDarciLynne winning (AGT). Okie girls rule!”

Said Farmer, “They are all so amazing. I fangirl when I see someone famous wish me congratulations.”

You have told interviewers you want to get your mom a new refrigerator and dishwasher. Have you done that yet?

I haven’t. I need to work on that. We need to pick a really good one so it gets them all clean.

You didn’t sleep the night after winning AGT?

I didn’t get hardly any sleep. It was still hard to believe. I think it hadn’t hit us yet.

Did you do anything to celebrate after the show?

We went to a fancy restaurant, and I got to eat my favorite food, which is steak, and it was pretty expensive.

Many kids your age may not know what they want to do when they grow up. Because you’re already a ventriloquist, do you want to be a ventriloquist?

Yeah, and I also want to do some other things, too, like maybe be in a TV show or a movie or be on Broadway.

You’re getting calls and interview requests and opportunities to do things. You went on Ellen DeGeneres’ show. Is there another show you want to be on?

Ellen was incredible, and I would love to be on Jimmy Fallon. I want to meet him so bad.

Have you watched the final episode of AGT yet?

I have seen it, but I am like my biggest critic so I am like correcting everything as I watch it.

During the time AGT was on, did you get the idea that just about everybody in Oklahoma wanted you to win?

Oh, yes. I could see Oklahoma was a super big supporter of me and that they were rooting for me all the way. It made me feel really good that my home state was cheering for me. I’m so glad they did.

You’ve said you are going to give some of your winnings to your church?

Yes, I am. Not only did they vote for me, they have just been a super big part of my spiritual life and helping me bring (joy to others) — like how God works through me to help people be happy when I perform, and I want to give back to them for doing that for me.

You’ll be 13 in a few weeks. Do you know what you want for your birthday?

I really, really want a golf cart, but I know that won’t happen. But I’m trying to convince them for an iPhone 7 Plus, if I pay for half of it.

Probably, your parents are taking care of the money for you instead of giving it all to you to spend on whatever you want?

Yeah. Darn.

Is there anybody you would like to meet?

There are so many people that I want to meet. I want to meet Jimmy Fallon. I want to meet Kristin Chenoweth and I want to meet Ryan Gosling. There are so many more people.

Jimmie Tramel 918-581-8389

Twitter: @JimmieTramel


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I cover pop culture and work as a feature writer at the Tulsa World. A former Oklahoma sports writer of the year, I have written books about former OU coach Barry Switzer and former OSU coach Pat Jones. Phone: 918-581-8389

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