Sad news. America’s Got Talent Golden Buzzer act, Nightbirde has dropped out of the competition due to health concerns. The singer announced the news Monday (August 2) morning on social media.
“Sharing my heart with the world on AGT has been an honor and a dream come true,” Nightbirde wrote. “My point of view this summer has been astounding. What a miracle that the pain I’ve walked through can be reworked into beauty that makes people all over the world open their eyes wider.”
The singer continued: “Since my audition, my health has taken a turn for the worse and the fight with cancer is demanding all of my energy and attention. I am so sad to announce that I won’t be able to continue forward on this season of AGT. Life doesn’t always give breaks to those that deserve it—but we knew that already.”
Nightbirde thanked her fans: “Thank you for all your support, it means the world to me. Stay with me, I’ll be better soon. I’m planning my future, not my legacy. Pretty beat up, but I’ve still got dreams.”
Simon Cowell chose Nightbirde as his “Golden Buzzer” act
After her audition performance of an original song, “It’s OK,” Judge Simon Cowell chose the singer-songwriter as his Golden Buzzer act. That meant she automatically advanced to the America’s Got Talent live shows which begin on Tuesday August 10.
Nightbirde explained that the song “is the story of the last year of my life” She revealed to the judges panel that she still had cancer in her lungs, her spine and her liver. Nevertheless, she stressed, “it’s important that everyone knows that I’m so much more than the bad things that happen to me,” and said “You can’t wait until life isn’t hard anymore before you decide to be happy.”
After singing the delicate, thoughtful, yet hopeful song, Simon brought to near-tears, said “I’m not going to give you a yes. I’m going to give you something else,” before smashing his Golden Buzzer.
Nightbirde, whose real name is Jane Marczewski, wrote on her blog on November 12, 2020: “On New Year’s Eve, I was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Innumerable tumors were found throughout my lungs, liver, lymph nodes, ribs, and spine. I was on the living room floor leaning over the report, head in my hands. Six months to live. Two percent chance of survival.”
In a later post she wrote that she’s had cancer “three times now” adding ” and I have barely passed thirty.” In her post-performance package the 30 year old Zanesville, Ohio native wrote “I have a 2% chance of survival but 2% is not 0%. 2% is something. And I wish people knew has amazing it is.”
Wishing Nightbirde a speedy recovery.
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