It was a proud moment for Amos Ablanalp as he watched his oldest daughter, Evie Clair, advance to the semi-finals of “America’s Got Talent” during the live show on Wednesday night.
“Good luck, baby!” he told the camera from his hospital bed, giving her a double thumbs up. “I’m sorry I missed it live.”
Ablanalp has been fighting stage 4 colon cancer and was given a 5 percent chance of survival. But despite his health challenges, it is Evie that Ablanalp seems to have been most concerned about—five acts automatically moved on to the next stage of the competition during Wednesday’s show, but Evie wasn’t among them.
“We’ll see what happens,” he said, blowing Evie a kiss. “No matter what, you’re the best. You know you are.”
Evie, Eric Jones and The Masqueraders were all in contention for last night's Dunkin Save, which lets Americans live vote for the act they want to advance to the next round. When Evie’s name was called, the 13-year-old was overcome by emotion.
“My heart is going really fast. Thank you all so much,” she said. “I love you, Daddy!”
Ablanalp’s devotion to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and his support to Evie throughout the competition has often been a strength to his daughter.
“Before I did the show, we talked about it, and he really encouraged me to pursue my dreams and do what I wanted to do,” Evie told the Deseret News. “He’s been a big example of not giving up.”