‘America’s Got Talent’ Contestant Who Withdrew Over Cancer Diagnosis Speaks Out With Health Update

by Leanne Stahulak

The world was devastated to hear that “America’s Got Talent” contestant Jane Marczewski, AKA Nightbirde, had to withdraw from the competition. Unfortunately, the 30-year-old singer from Zanesville, Ohio, revealed that her metastatic cancer has “taken a turn for the worst.”

“The fight with cancer is demanding all of my energy and attention,” Nightbirde wrote in an Instagram caption. “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.”

She thanked her supporters and stressed that she’s planning “my future, not my legacy.” Since then, the “America’s Got Talent” contestant who earned the Golden Buzzer has posted another update about her health.

Jane Maczewski, AKA Nightbirde, Discusses Leaving the Show

Nightbirde sat down on Zoom with CNN’s Chris Cuomo to talk about her future plans. She posted the video of their interview on Instagram along with this caption. “Thank you @chrisccuomo for hosting me again, and thank you, America, for your generosity and your belief in me. The juxtaposition of all the miracles and tragedy is truly astounding, but I think this is what it feels like to be alive. I love you, everyone.”

In the video interview, the “America’s Got Talent” competitor confessed to her emotions with sincere and startling honesty.

“To tell you the truth, I have been curled up in a ball like a little cocktail shrimp,” Nightbirde said. “Having an A+ pity party for myself. Cause it’s just been a bad, bad month. It’s been really pretty devastating.”

With the Golden Buzzer, Nightbirde had a chance to go straight to the live shows on “America’s Got Talent.” So, it wasn’t easy for her to give up that opportunity.

“I’m not a quitter so it’s really, really hard for me to say that I couldn’t finish the show,” Nightbirde said.

‘America’s Got Talent’ Contestant Talks Struggles of Cancer

“I got shocking news less than a week ago about cancer regrowth that’s taken over my lungs and liver,” Nightbirde revealed to Cuomo. “So my liver right now is mostly cancer, more cancer than liver. But like I said, I’m planning my future, not my legacy. Some people would call that blind denial, but I prefer to call it rebellious hope.”

As part of planning for that future, Jane Marczewski has been writing more music and releasing it on Spotify. One of the songs she’s working on that she’s most excited about has a hauntingly beautiful chorus. “I still got magic in me / I don’t feel it but I still believe / the music stopped but I can still sing / I’m pretty beat up but I still got dreams.”

The “America’s Got Talent” contestant revealed that part of what keeps her going is asking this question: Don’t you wanna see what happens if you don’t give up?

“The pain is too much to bear sometimes; it makes no sense at all,” Nightbirde said. “But if we can hold onto a dream for the future, sometimes that’s all we need to get through.”

Part of what made Marczewski’s performance so incredible on the “America’s Got Talent” stage was her attitude toward her situation. But she didn’t always think and act with such optimism.

“I think when you’re faced with so many blows to the gut in a row like I have over the last several years, you find out what you’re made of,” Nightbirde said. “And you’re given the opportunity to choose what you wanna become.”

For now, Nightbirde will focus on her cancer treatment. Later, she wants to put out an entire record and build her career as a singer.