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Former AGT contestant ready for next chapter

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OLDSMAR - It's fair to say Lindsey Norton's senior year has been unique.

The dancer from Oldsmar, who competed on last season's "America's Got Talent," has gotten hundreds of fan letters, signed dozens of autographs and has even gotten proposed to 27 times.

"I never really thought of what would come after the show and that was really the crazy part," Lindsey said. "I'm saving every little bit of everything. Every newspaper, every video ... I want to show my kids someday and I think it's going to be so cool to let them watch and relive the journey."

Her exuberant smile that rarely fades was one of the characteristics that charmed so many during Season seven of the show. Lindsey, who started acrobatic dancing when she was a toddler, twisted and turned her way onto the show until elimination in the Quarterfinals. She returned for the Wild Card Show, where she was eliminated again.

"America's Got Talent - they accept you for being unique. It was a gift to me. It really was," she said. "This will always be a huge, huge, huge part of my life."

During this past year, she focused on graduating from East Lake High School, although her life looked much different. While she balanced finishing her homework, she would personally handwrite a note in response to every piece of fan mail that came in. She's been on the "Today Show." She shot her first commercial. Lindsey seems humbled since the notoriety is something she never expected.

"Something I'll never get over is people recognizing me in random places," she said as she laughed. "For example, last week I was in WalMart picking out my tater tots and a girl came running up with her camera and wanted me to take a picture. Things like that are so surreal and I'll never get over it because I'm the same Lindsey Norton I've always been."

During the wild ride she still enjoyed being a high school senior. Her class named her Homecoming Queen and "Most Likely to Be Famous." Her family chuckles about that one.

Lindsey still dances. In fact, she's performed at least once every month: From school functions to church groups.

"My faith has always been very important to me so now to really live that out is really amazing," she said.

She plans on continuing dancing but doesn't plan on making a career out of it for now.

"I'm going to the University of Florida next fall, which I'm so excited about and I'm actually going to be majoring in veterinarian medicine," she said.

Her love for animals pointed her in that direction. In fact, as she spoke with News Channel 8, the family's Golden Retriever that's fighting lymphoma rested behind Lindsey. She knows her 30 or so friends she made on America's Got Talent will take different paths.

"There's such a variety of acts and such a variety of people," she said. "Each of our journeys is so different and so unique."

 

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