The judges were moved by her authenticity and her happy outlook in life despite having the illness.
Jane Marczewski, also known as Nightbirde, a 30-year-old singer from Zanesville, Ohio, sang her original song It’s Okay in the America’s Got Talent auditions this season.
She is currently battling cancer and her song is based on the details of the last year of her life. Her song moved the judges and won a standing ovation, earning the Golden Buzzer from Simon Cowell, allowing her to skip straight to the live finals.
Nightbirde stepped on the stage with a bright smile and when asked about what she was working as, she opened up that she was dealing was cancer and had “some cancer in my lungs, my spine and my liver.”
She shared how it was important that everyone knew that there is so much more to her than the bad things that happened to her.
Her performance gave chills to the crowd and the panel of judges were visibly impressed with her.
“That felt like the most authentic thing I’ve heard this season,” said Howie Mandell as Sofía Vergara wiped her tears.
Simon said: “Your voice is stunning, absolutely stunning. There was something about that song, the way you almost casually told us what you are going through. I’m not to give you a yes, I’m going to give you something else!”
Simon then hit the Golden Buzzer, which each judge is allowed to give give once in each season.
Nightbirde was overwhelmed with joy and went on her knees crying happy tears, as golden confetti surrounded her. Simon then went onstage to embrace her.
It was an emotional time for her and she said: “You can’t wait until life isn’t hard anymore before you decide to be happy.”
Her audition video was posted on Wednesday (Jun 9), and the clip has gone viral with 4.6 million views and counting barely a day later. Viewers worldwide have been touched by her beautiful performance and her positive attitude despite battling cancer.
Nightbirde shared with America’s Got Talent host Terry Crews backstage that she has a two percent chance of survival. Still, she remains upbeat about her situation.
“Two percent is not zero percent. Two percent is something, and I wish people knew how amazing it is,” she says.
We wish her all the best for her journey in America’s Got Talent!
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