EXCLUSIVE: Why Olympian Shevon Nieto Left ‘America’s Got Talent’
If you’ve been keeping up with the most unconventional season of America’s Got Talent yet, you know that one of the frontrunners heading into Judge Cuts was Olympic runner Shevon Nieto. Imagine our surprise when she was missing from the episode completely, leaving us questioning what her fate on the show was. But now, we finally have some answers.
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When we were first introduced to Shevon during the auditions, she shared her incredible story of triumph and dedication. A former two-time Olympic runner, Shevon’s world turned upside down when her husband Jamie Nieto was involved in a jumping accident that left him paralyzed. She decided to retire at that moment and began writing songs for him as a way to get them through their difficult times. Shevon performed an original song for the judges called “Through The Good And Bad” that she wrote for Jamie. It was one of the most emotional and heartfelt moments the show had ever seen and received nothing but praise from the judges. She made it into the Judge Cuts round with flying colors and even announced that she and Jamie are expecting their first child together.
So why was Shevon missing from Judge Cuts? The coronavirus pandemic has definitely caused some major changes to be made to the show. Travel is obviously not encouraged during this time, especially for someone like Shevon who is now nine months pregnant. The Live Shows did require acts to travel to perform in front of a virtual audience. She opted out of the season to protect the health and safety of her and her baby who is due any day now. She shared a video to her Instagram beaming with her huge baby bump and we can already tell she is going to be one great mom.
Her comments flooded with well wishes and joy as Shevon and Jamie prepare to take on this new chapter of parenthood. She also shared this adorable sonogram of their baby already flexing his or her muscles.
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Shevon was the person we thought could go all the way and win the entire competition, so her leaving definitely opens up the door for other acts to have a better chance of winning. Perhaps someone like Kazakh singer Daneliya Tuleshova or aerialist Alan Silva will bring home the win. It really could be anyone’s chance to win America’s Got Talent now.
Will we be seeing Shevon on a future season of America’s Got Talent in the ultimate comeback story? We definitely hope so because she has all of the characteristics of a winner and is truly an inspiration. Plus, sharing more of her original songs with the world on a stage like America’s Got Talent is very touching and a great accomplishment.