'America's Got Talent' star Grace VanderWaal gives us chills, again

USA TODAY - America's Got Talent contestant Grace VanderWaal has done it again.

After her previous performances on the reality competition garnered millions of views online, the 12-year-old singer/songwriter and ukulele player premiered a new tune on the first night of AGT's Season 11 finale. It's safe to say this one will go viral, too. It's called Clay.

In the past, VanderWaal has used her endearingly "croaky" (judge Simon Cowell's word) voice to sing about topics including her own name and her sister. On Tuesday night, her original tune was about bullies, and it was the most energetic we've seen her.

Remember how shy VanderWaal was in her audition (that was viewed more than 50 million times in two days)? She told us that she was "shaking like a leaf" right before that AGT performance. Now, she's letting it rip, even passionately singing for a bit without uke accompaniment.

"Your words don't hurt me, I will be OK," she sings. "'Cause your punches and your names, all your jokes and stupid games. Watch them just go right through me, 'cause they mean nothing to me .... I'm not trying to change my shape, 'cause baby I'm not clay."

And baby, we're not sure how any contestant could possibly best VanderWaal for the AGT crown. The show names a winner Wednesday (8 ET/PT).

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