A Beautiful Performance by Cancer-Stricken Singer Moves Notoriously Tough Judge Simon Cowell
'America's Got Talent' showcases not only the incredible talent of American performers but also their incredible life stories. People come from all walks of life, face all kinds of struggles, and they bring the entirety of their experience to the stage for a chance to shine.
This past Tuesday, the show welcomed a 30-year old woman named Jane from Zanesville, Ohio, who sings under the stage name Nightbirde. She performed her original song "It's Okay", which tells the story of her battle with cancer.
"Last time I checked, I had some cancer in my lungs, spine and my liver," she told judges Cowell, Heidi Klum, Sofia Vergara and Howie Mandel. "It's important that everyone knows I'm so much more than the bad things that happened to me."
"I pushed my Golden Buzzer for Nightbirde because everything about her audition was really special. Her voice was absolutely stunning and performing her original song 'It's OK' after she told us what she was going through with her cancer, it really moved me. This was a very, very special moment," Simon Cowell said to People Magazine.
"I was absolutely mesmerized. Every year we meet the most extraordinary people on this show. She's an amazing person with an incredible talent and she's truly an inspiration," Cowell continues.
"When singers come on, I think about authenticity. When you feel it, it moves you. That felt like the most authentic thing I have heard this season," Mandel, 65, told Nightbirde after her audition.
"I totally agree with what Howie said about authenticity. There was something about that song after the way you, almost, casually told us what you're going through," Cowell said as Vergara, 48, called Nightbirde's performance "powerful [and] heartfelt"
At the end of her performance, after the golden confetti rained down on her, she said, "I have a two percent chance of survival but two percent is not zero percent. Two percent is something and I wish people knew how amazing it is."