Maurice + Shanice Hayes Shed Tears to ‘You’ve Got a Friend’ on ‘America’s Got Talent’
Street performers Maurice and Shanice Hayes were another father-daughter duo to hit the ‘America’s Got Talent‘ stage last night (May 14), performing a touching rendition of ‘You’ve Got a Friend’ that left many in tears — including themselves.
“My dad is like my best friend,” Shanice said in her opening montage. “I’m nervous,” she admitted, “but I hope we can show how much street performers can bring to the stage tonight.”
Before Shanice began to sing, judges Sharon Osbourne and Howard Stern couldn’t help but remark on how beautiful she is. We bet her papa’s proud! Once Shanice, 18, and Maurice, 62, began to sing, you could hear a pin drop in the studio. They absolutely brought the house down, receiving standing ovations from the audience and the panel.
Both Shanice and Maurice cried at the conclusion of their performance when the judges began their usual banter. “You move me. You guys are spectacular together,” Howard Stern said. “I think every father in America watching is saying, ‘This is the kind of relationship I want with my daughter.’ … This is what I call perfection.”
Howie Mandel agreed with Stern and elaborated on Shanice’s raw vocal talent, calling her an “angel.” Sharon Osbourne also gushed, “You moved everyone in this theater tonight.” Even Nick Cannon teared up — but of course he denied it! Watch the clip below and see if you don’t start weeping, too.
Watch Shanice and Maurice Hayes Perform ‘You’ve Got a Friend’ on ‘America’s Got Talent’