South Africans are rallying behind the Ndlovu Youth Choir, which has made its final performance on America’s Got Talent in the finale – broadcast at 02:00 local time.

The hashtag #NdlovuYouthChoir is trending as the nation hopes the young singers will be voted winners of the TV talent show and bring the trophy home.

The voting is under way and results will be announced on Thursday.

The choir sang their own rendition of Africa – a hit for US band Toto in the early 1980s – wowing the judges and audience.

“Tonight we were proud young ambassadors of a united Africa,” the choir tweeted.

“Africa has the world’s youngest population, and our hope is that our performance reflected the talent, opportunity and potential of millions of young people. One nation, one continent.”

The Ndlovu Youth Choir, from a small town in Limpopo, was formed in 2009 and came to fame earlier this year with their cover of Ed Sheeran’s song Shape of You.

Their journey to America’s Got Talent has been exciting to watch.

The singers have had standing ovations for their energetic performances of Whitney Houston’s Higher Love, Vicky Sampson’s My African Dream and Waka Waka, Shakira’s official song for the 2010 World Cup, which was held in South Africa.

The choir is among the 10 finalists who hope to walk away with the $1m (£801,000) prize.