America’s Got Talent: Simon Cowell hits Golden Buzzer for singer Nightbirde amid her cancer battle


Simon Cowell pressed the Golden Buzzer for singer Nightbirde who revealed she had cancer and only a small chance of survival on Tuesday’s America’s Got Talent.

Nightbirde, real name Marczewski, sang an original song called It’s Okay during the season 16 episode.

The 30-year-old Ohio native said the song was about the last year of her life and that she had been dealing with cancer that was still in her lungs, spine and liver.

The moment: Simon Cowell pressed the Golden Buzzer for singer Nightbirde who revealed she had cancer and only a small chance of survival on Tuesday’s America’s Got Talent

After her emotional song, Simon, 61, seemed at a momentary loss for words and Nightbirde stepped up and told him that ‘you can’t wait until life isn’t hard anymore before you decide to be happy.’ 

Simon was close to tears as he told the singer he wasn’t going to give her a yes, but that he was going to give her something else.

He then leaned over and pushed the Golden Buzzer.

Nightbirde covered her face in shock and disbelief and fell to her knees on stage when she realized that she was advancing directly to the live shows to compete for America’s vote. 

Original song: Nightbirde, who told the judges her real name was Jane, sang an original song called It's Okay during the season 16 episode

Original song: Nightbirde, who told the judges her real name was Jane, sang an original song called It’s Okay during the season 16 episode

Shocked reaction: Nightbirde covered her face in shock and disbelief and fell to her knees on stage when she realized that she was advancing directly to the live shows to compete for America's vote

Shocked reaction: Nightbirde covered her face in shock and disbelief and fell to her knees on stage when she realized that she was advancing directly to the live shows to compete for America’s vote

She started crying as Simon went on the stage to hug and told her everything about her performance was ‘really special.’

Nightbirde left the stage still shaking from the endorsement and revealed that she had only a two percent chance of survival but that ‘two percent is not zero percent.’

She told the judges before her performance that it was important that everyone knew that she ‘is more than the bad things that happen to me.’ 

Really special: She started crying as Simon went on the stage to hug and told her everything about her performance was 'really special'

Really special: She started crying as Simon went on the stage to hug and told her everything about her performance was ‘really special’

Big hug: The judge and franchise creator hugged Nightbirde after giving her the major endorsement

Big hug: The judge and franchise creator hugged Nightbirde after giving her the major endorsement

Standing ovation: Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Sofia Vergar stood and clapped for the cancer survivor

Standing ovation: Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Sofia Vergar stood and clapped for the cancer survivor

Two percent: Nightbirde shared that she only had a two percent chance of survival, but noted that it was 'not zero percent' before adding, 'Two percent is something and I wish people knew how amazing it is'

Two percent: Nightbirde shared that she only had a two percent chance of survival, but noted that it was ‘not zero percent’ before adding, ‘Two percent is something and I wish people knew how amazing it is’

Sofia Vergara, 48, told her that the song was ‘powerful, heartfelt and I think you are amazing as Heidi Klum, 48, said her singing ‘gave her chills.’

Nightbirde was the star, but there were also many other acts of all ages competing during the second episode of auditions for a chance at the $1 million prize money. 

A Texas dance groupie called Beyond Belief coached by drag queen Alyssa Edwards performed first and stunned Simon who called their synchronized dance number ‘absolutely sensational.’ 

First up: A Texas dance groupie called Beyond Belief coached by drag queen Alyssa Edwards performed first and stunned Simon who called their synchronized dance number 'absolutely sensational'

First up: A Texas dance groupie called Beyond Belief coached by drag queen Alyssa Edwards performed first and stunned Simon who called their synchronized dance number ‘absolutely sensational’

‘I really loved you,’ Simon added.

One of the young dancers told Simon that she would use the money if she won to pay for her medical bills because she had spina bifida and another broke down crying telling Howie Mandel, 65, that she was so excited. 

The BBDC crew jumped up and down when they got four yeses from the judges. 

Close friends: One of the young dancers told Simon that she would use the money if she won to pay for her medical bills because she had spina bifida

Close friends: One of the young dancers told Simon that she would use the money if she won to pay for her medical bills because she had spina bifida

A Japanese four-person unicycle dance group called Unicircle Flow brought the entire audience to their feet for a standing ovation.

Howie said he was blown away by their synchronized dance number and Simon told them they were ‘one of the most unique acts’ the judges have seen on AGT. 

Multiple boy bands performed for the judges including Larger Than Life who Simon encouraged ‘to give it up’. 

They were followed by a four-member Korean boy band called Korean Soul who sang a cover of All My Life after telling the judges they wanted to be pop stars. 

Simon told them it was ‘probably one of the best auditions we have had today’ and the group hugged each other when they learned they got four yeses.

Unicycle dancers: A Japanese four-person unicycle dance group called Unicircle Flow brought the entire audience to their feet for a standing ovation

Unicycle dancers: A Japanese four-person unicycle dance group called Unicircle Flow brought the entire audience to their feet for a standing ovation

Boy band: Korean boy band  Korean Soul sang a cover of All My Life after telling the judges they wanted to be pop stars

Boy band: Korean boy band  Korean Soul sang a cover of All My Life after telling the judges they wanted to be pop stars

High praise: Simon told them it was 'probably one of the best auditions we have had today' and the group hugged each other when they learned they got four yeses

High praise: Simon told them it was ‘probably one of the best auditions we have had today’ and the group hugged each other when they learned they got four yeses

Matt Johnson, a 47-year-old Canadian ‘escape artist’,  had the judges on edge with his act of getting out of a straight jacket before two saws could potentially cut him in two. 

He was able to get out of the jacket with a second to spare before the spinning blades fell down. The judges gave him four yeses and Simon said ‘your wife is going to hate me, but I want to see you again.’

Magician Patrick Kun from Pittsburgh did a card trick that shocked the judges by appearing to make cards disappear into thin air.  

Escape artist: Matt Johnson, a 47-year-old Canadian 'escape artist', had the judges on edge with his act of getting out of a straight jacket before two saws could potentially cut him in two

Escape artist: Matt Johnson, a 47-year-old Canadian ‘escape artist’, had the judges on edge with his act of getting out of a straight jacket before two saws could potentially cut him in two

Close call: He was able to get out of the jacket with a second to spare before the spinning blades fell down

Close call: He was able to get out of the jacket with a second to spare before the spinning blades fell down

Magic man: Magician Patrick Kun from Pittsburgh did a card trick that shocked the judges by appearing to make cards disappear into thin air

Magic man: Magician Patrick Kun from Pittsburgh did a card trick that shocked the judges by appearing to make cards disappear into thin air

 He then made the cards reappear in a sealed card deck.

‘I do believe in it,’ Simon said of magic. 

The judges all voted to send Kun to the next round.

Close up: Sofia and Heidi participated in the close-up magic trick

Close up: Sofia and Heidi participated in the close-up magic trick

Kun’s performance was followed by Johnny Showcase, who wore a turquoise lycra blue jumpsuit, gold necklaces and sunglasses, and sang his original witty song called ‘Sensual’ with a backup group. 

‘Sensual not sexual because I’m married,’ Showcase sang as he danced on stage. 

His quirky, kitschy act kept the judges laughing and Simon called it ‘brilliant.’ 

Johnny screamed when he was voted through and said ‘I think they liked us.’ 

Sensual song: Johnny Showcase, who wore a turquoise lycra blue jumpsuit, gold necklaces and sunglasses, and sang his original witty song called 'Sensual' with a backup group

Sensual song: Johnny Showcase, who wore a turquoise lycra blue jumpsuit, gold necklaces and sunglasses, and sang his original witty song called ‘Sensual’ with a backup group

The seven-member San Francisco-based Curtis Family 1970’s inspired group called the C-Notes performed I Was Made To Love Her.

Both parents were music teachers and said they inspired their children to become musicians by integrating music on a daily basis into their lives like waking the kids up in the morning with cymbals. 

Sofia called them perfect while Simon noted ‘everyone of you looked like you were having a good time.’ 

The family bowed and thanked the judges after they received four yeses.

Family group: The seven-member San Francisco-based Curtis Family 1970's inspired group called the C-Notes performed I Was Made To Love Her

Family group: The seven-member San Francisco-based Curtis Family 1970’s inspired group called the C-Notes performed I Was Made To Love Her

Danny Dechi, who played music with a pencil against his cheek, barely started when all the judge’s pushed their X button to end it.

Another hilarious performance was by French-Canadian duo called Les Beaux Feres who shocked the judges when they appeared on stage covering themselves only with white towels. 

As the two danced and spun around on stage they were barely able to keep their privates covered with the towels.

‘That was hilarious,’ said Simon of the towel dancing as the judges voted the dance group on.

Pencil music: Danny Dechi, who played music with a pencil against his cheek, barely started when all the judge's pushed their X button to end it

Pencil music: Danny Dechi, who played music with a pencil against his cheek, barely started when all the judge’s pushed their X button to end it

Towel dancers: Another hilarious performance was by French-Canadian duo called Les Beaux Feres who shocked the judges when they appeared on stage covering themselves only with white towels

Towel dancers: Another hilarious performance was by French-Canadian duo called Les Beaux Feres who shocked the judges when they appeared on stage covering themselves only with white towels

Stand-up comedian Gina Brillon also impressed the judges with her routine.

The Bronx native cracked jokes about her white husband that made the judges laugh.

Comedy veteran Howie told Gina that she would be a ‘great addition’ to the show and Sofia said her delivery appeared ‘effortless’. 

Stand-up comedy: Stand-up comedian Gina Brillon also impressed the judges with her routine

Stand-up comedy: Stand-up comedian Gina Brillon also impressed the judges with her routine

Great addition: Comedy veteran Howie told Gina that she would be a 'great addition' to the show and Sofia said her delivery appeared 'effortless'

Great addition: Comedy veteran Howie told Gina that she would be a ‘great addition’ to the show and Sofia said her delivery appeared ‘effortless’

Final performer: Nightbirde revealed before her performance that she has been fighting cancer

Final performer: Nightbirde revealed before her performance that she has been fighting cancer

Original song: Simon said her voice was 'stunning' and wiped away a tear before hitting his Golden Buzzer for the singer

Original song: Simon said her voice was ‘stunning’ and wiped away a tear before hitting his Golden Buzzer for the singer

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