They Found Fame Before Age 18, But There's Nothing Minor About These 23 Kids’ Talents

Singers, dancers, and contortionists who were stars before becoming adults.

Some people spend a lifetime cultivating their skills, while a lucky few perfect their talent as children and teens. The young performers in this list, for example — singers, dancers, and contortionists included — all found fame before they reached adulthood. Check out the talented teens (and tweens) and their incredible performances below.


1. Grace VanderWaal

Grace VanderWaal was only 12 years old when she won America's Got Talent in 2016, and she certainly hasn't rested on her laurels since. Earlier this year she debuted "Moonlight," a song about her friend's struggle with depression. We love that track and all other Grace VanderWaal songs, but we especially love her messages of self-love.

2. Darci Lynne Farmer

Darci Lynne Farmer — or just Darci Lynne for short — has vocal talent of her own. She sings songs, of course, but she's also an accomplished ventriloquist. She won America's Got Talent in 2017, and, like VanderWall, she was just 12 at the time of her victory. Since then, she's been prepping her headlining show in Las Vegas, collaborating with Pentatonix, and amazing Ellen viewers.

See her ventriloquism here.

3. Quizz Swanigan

Last year, this 13-year-old wowed us with his performance of The Jackson 5's "Who's Lovin' You" on The Voice. The NBC show recently lowered its age requirement to 13, so we'll likely see many other talented teens who are just tweens. 

See his performance here.

4. Jaspreet Singh Kalra

Known as "Rubber Man," this talented teen from India can rotate his head 180 degrees and his arms 360 degrees. No wonder the teen contortionist appears in the Indian Book of Records.

5. Eimar O’Tuathail

When this Irish teen singer serenaded Ellen DeGeneres last October, performing her original song "Hey Ellen," the talk show host had a gift of her own to share: a $10,000 check for her education.

See her performance here.

6-7. Taylor Hatala and Kyndall Harris

Young dancer Taylor Hatala had already become a breakout star on Ellen — with 70 million views online — so when she returned to the show in 2016, she brought along her equally talented best friend, Kyndall Harris. Now the talented duo is touring with the one and only Janet Jackson as part of her State of the World Tour.

See their dance routine here.

8. Kaylee Rodgers

There are a lot of teen singers on this list, but Kaylee is way younger! She was just 10 years old when her rendition of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" — backed by her classmates at Killard House Special School in Northern Ireland — made her an internet star a year ago.

See her performance here.

10. Wé McDonald

This then-17-year-old had a good reason to sing Mary J. Blige's "No More Drama" on The Voice in 2016 — she revealed in her audition she had been bullied in her life. We're sure we haven't seen the last of this young talent!

11. Sofie Dossi

Sofie isn't just one of the most talented teen performers we've seen on our TV sets, she's also one of the most unique. As she proved on America's Got Talent in 2016 — when she was just 14 years old — she's a contortionist and an archer, and she excels at both at the same time.

See her performance here.

12. Diana Pombo

We'd call her one of the most talented teenage dancers we've ever seen if she were actually a teen. But Diana Pombo was just 11 when she stunned Jennifer Lopez on World of Dance with her Sia routine this May.

See her dance routine here.

13. Will Hunt

Cardiomyopathy certainly couldn't stop the song in this talented teen singer's heart. The then-16-year-old from Tennessee became a viral star last year with his hospital room performance of Maroon 5's "She Will Be Loved."

See the heartwarming performance here.

14-23. The Lab

They say they're "underdogs," but the members of teen dance group The Lab from California are all winners in our books. Check out the incredibly synchronized P. Diddy routine they debuted on World of Dance this summer.


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