SIMON SAYS: This 12-year-old’s performance is “one of the best I’ve ever seen on the show.”

The name to remember? Merrick Hanna, and he’s no stranger to fame, but AGT gave him another shot to reclaim a previously missed opportunity.

We’ve seen a lot of dancing acts over the years on ‘America’s Got Talent’, but this one takes the cake. Not only was it original, but the young dancer’s spirit also showed in every movement and execution.

After young Merrick Hanna failed to capture the Top 10 of Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation,” the boy got a rousing response on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and when you see his performance, you’ll understand why Simon called it one of the “best performances” he’s ever seen.

Merrick received a standing ovation from both Cowell and fellow judge Howie Mandel, who proclaimed of the youngster’s “flo-bot” style: “I loved that. Wow.” Cowell said he would cast Merrick in a pop video in a “heartbeat.”

He’s such a brilliant dancer. He tells the story so well, and has so much emotion! Truly amazing, absolutely beautiful. He can tell the story really well. He actually deserved the Golden buzzer and to win American Got Talent 😀 I have never seen Simon stand up so fast.

Merrick was featured on the Ellen Show and has been a performer in commercials for H&M, Honda Odyssey, Gap Kids, and many more. In the quarterfinals, he once again impressed the judges, and was voted through to the semi-finals by the American public, but was eliminated. Today the video showing Hanna’s audition has accumulated over 15 million views on YouTube and trended #1.

Now watch and see why Simon said of Hanna, “Honestly one of the best dance performances I’ve ever seen on the show.”

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