During August 17’s Live Results show, it was revealed that the country girl band Chapel Hart (who earned the group Golden Buzzer during Week 7 of Auditions), along with magician Yu Hojin, are the week’s Top 2 performers to advance.
This means that they’ll perform during the September 13 Finale. Chapel Hart and Hojin will join saxophonist Avery Dixon—the first Golden Buzzer of the season—and country singer Drake Milligan to compete for the $1 million prize. The rest of the top performers will be revealed in the coming weeks.
From the first seconds of their lively Audition, Chapel Hart proved they were special. The group—sisters Danica and Devyn Hart and their cousin, Trea Swindle—performed their original song “You Can Have Him, Jolene,” inspired by Dolly Parton’s legendary 1974 hit “Jolene.” The song went viral and quickly rose on the country charts. Soon, Parton herself was offering her praise on Twitter.
“What a fun new take on my song!” she tweeted. “Carl’s [Parton’s husband] birthday is today, so I think I’ll hang on to him, and I’m not notifying Jolene that today is his birthday.”
So, in the weeks since, has their connection with the queen of country gone beyond social media?
“She doesn’t have to say nothing else to me for the rest of her life,” Swindle told NBC Insider. “I would love if she did, but if she didn’t I wouldn’t be mad.”
Danica added, “Everyone was like, ‘Have y’all called her? Has she called y’all?’ Honestly, none of that matters. Dolly took the time to reach out and that’s more than enough. We’re hopeful, though. I think the ultimate goal would be to do a collaboration with Dolly.”
In the meantime, echoing their Audition and Live Show performance of “The Girls Are Back in Town,” Chapel Hart promises that fans are in for another original song for the Finale. We hope Dolly will be watching along with the rest of us!