When Jane Marczewski earned the Golden Buzzer on America’s Got Talent, the entire nation rooted for her both in the competition and in her fight with cancer. The 30-year-old contestant from Zanesville, Ohio performed an original song, “It’s Okay,” which detailed the past year of her life with cancer. The artist known as “Nightbirde” stunned the audience and the judges with her effortless voice that resembled the breathy tones of singer Halsey.
Unfortunately, though, Nightbirde will not be returning to America’s Got Talent because of her condition. Marczewski posted the update on Instagram alongside a black and white photo of herself. In the photo, she no longer has any hair. She draped a knitted blanket over her shoulder and looks somewhere out of view.
In her caption, she shared, “Sharing my heart with the world on AGT has been an honor and a dream come true. 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 America’s Got Talent star 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.”
“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.”
Nightbirde Brings ‘America’s Got Talent’ Audience to Its Feet
Despite the fact that Marczewski had to leave America’s Got Talent, fans of the show still remember her first performance on the show fondly. When the singer first arrived on stage, she wore a simple outfit of ripped jeans and a T-shirt. Of course, she didn’t need any glitz or glamour–her personality and voice were impressive enough.
Once Nightbirde finished her sweet and upbeat song, there was a short moment of stunned silence before the room erupted in applause. Soon, every person in the room, including the four America’s Got Talent judges, was on their feet. Marczewski fought to hold back tears as the standing ovation continued. Finally, the judges gave their feedback.
First was Howie Mandell, who told the contestant that he favored vocal performances that felt authentic.
“That felt like the most authentic thing I’ve heard this season,” Mandell said.
“It was powerful and it was heartfelt,” fellow judge Sofia Vergara.
“You gave me chills,” Heidi Klum admitted.
But the most moved of all the judges was Simon Cowell, who ultimately hit the Golden Buzzer.
“You can’t wait until life isn’t hard anymore before you decide to be happy,” Marczewski told them.
Watch Nightbirde’s remarkable performance below.