America's Got Talent contestant Grace VanderWaal wowed the judges with her ukulele performance: so much so that they labelled the 12-year-old the "next Taylor Swift." Unfortunately, this kind of praise does more harm than good. It forces a child to try to meet the standards of an adult, something she cannot reasonably do.
As has been proven time and time again, child-stars often end up in precarious life situations. They are, more times than not, not able to handle the pressures and responsibilities that accompany fame and fortune. While a twelve year old can certainly be talented, that talent should be fostered in a safe and nurturing environment. Additionally, twelve year olds are still growing, physically and changing and much of her talent may be different when she is older. Putting too much pressure on her now doesn't allow her to experience puberty in a normal environment and can lead to disastrous results.
After watching the show i have to say that I disagree that America's Got Talent is putting to much pressure on the 12 year old singer. She knows what she wants and who she wants to become. it is clear from her interviews that she is much more mature than her number suggest and i think she can handle the pressure.
First of all, children are much more resilient than people think. Positive attention is just that positive attention. Second of all, Grace VanderWaal signed up for competition so she could gain fame and recognition and be more like Taylor Swift. The accomplishment of her goal is not something that should be viewed as a detriment. If the fame and success become too much she still has the right and privilege to quit.