America’s Got Talent finalist Evie Clair is mourning the loss of her father, Amos Abplanalp, days ahead of the final eliminations. 14-year old Evie has dedicated many of her performances while competing on the show to her father who was struggling with cancer.
“I will forever miss my sweet Daddy and cherish the last few moments I had with him, holding his hand, before the end. Love you lots!” Clair tweeted. “I hope I made you proud, Daddy. I’ve always done it for you and I’ll do it for you forever,” Clair also wrote on Instagram along with a few of her most cherished photos with her father.
America’s Got Talent expressed their support and condolences over social media. “We are deeply saddened to hear Evie Clair’s father passed away last night. Our hearts are with Evie & her family during this difficult time.”
Evie dedicated many of her performances to her father and her audition to Christina Perri’s 2011 song “Arms” was especially memorable. “About a year ago, my dad was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer,” Evie tearfully explained to the judges. “They gave him a five percent chance to live, and he continued working and supporting our family. So tonight I’m here to sing for him.”
“When my dad is having rough days, I sing him this song to make him feel better and give him comfort and strength to continue fighting.”
After her performance, the judges supported Evie instead of offering criticisms with Simon Cowell stating, “I’m not going to judge you. I’m going to tell you how I respect you, how much strength you have. That was a perfect tribute to your dad. Your voice was beautiful, the song was beautiful, very proud of you Evie for what you’ve done.”
America’s Got Talent airs Tuesdays at 8 pm on NBC.