‘America’s Got Talent’ Contestant Who Dropped Out Due to Cancer Returns, Simon Cowell Gets Emotional

by Madison Miller

Simon Cowell is known for his stoicism and often harsh criticisms on “America’s Got Talent,” but the judge definitely has a soft spot as well.

Recently, one of the artists on the show, Nightbirde, was diagnosed with cancer. The singer, whose real name is Jane Marczewski, announced earlier this month that she would be dropping out of the competition to focus on her health amidst the battle with cancer.

Simon Cowell Emotional Moment with Nightbirde

Fans of “America’s Got Talent,” adore Nightbirde and her exceptional on-stage talents. Simon Cowell felt the same way, given the fact that he gave her the Golden Buzzer on the second night of auditions during season 16. She performed an original song in front of the judges.

Sadly, Nightbirde never really got the chance to say goodbye properly, until now. She appeared in a video chat on Wednesday night to chat with the “America’s Got Talent” crew. Simon Cowell got incredibly emotional and choked up during the conversation.

“You made the decision, rightly so, that your health is your priority right now. And I know the last time we spoke you actually said you feel like you let people down. Well, I just want to say, on behalf of all of us, you haven’t let anyone down. Even though you haven’t competed, you have already won,” Cowell said in the chat.

The world was introduced to Nightbirde when she sang “It’s Okay,” an incredibly popular and emotional song she wrote herself. As of now, the “America’s Got Talent” clip of her performance has over 31 million views.

“Your clip had such an impact on so many people, and your courage and who you are. The most important thing is your wellbeing and your health and your recovery. On behalf of all of us here, we send our love, our prayers. We can’t wait to see you again soon,” Cowell added.

Nightbirde Journey on ‘America’s Got Talent’

Her song was for “myself in the middle of the night when I needed those words so bad,” she told Terry Crews after her audition. Although she won’t be getting the chance to perform more, people have really latched onto the importance of the song in this day and age.

“I cannot thank you enough for the opportunity to have a moment to share my story. I think we’re witnessing such a beautiful picture of the human spirit and the triumph of the human spirit, and I think it’s restored my faith in humanity a whole lot to see people come together just over the fact that we all hurt, we all suffer and we all have the potential to overcome. This is, I mean, the most beautiful thing that’s ever happened to me in my life,” Nightbirde said.

While the singer’s journey with “America’s Got Talent” had to come to an end, she vows to eventually keep following her dreams.

As of now, the show is about to move on to the semifinals. The show announced which 12 contestants are moving on in the competition. Some of them include singer Peter Rosalita, magician Dustin Tavella, singing group 1aChord, comedian Gina Brillon, and singer Jimmie Herrod.