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Inspiring Plane Crash Survivor Brings The ‘AGT’ Audience To Their Feet [VIDEO]

Jill O'Rourke

Jill O'Rourke

In 2017, a singer auditioned for AGT and shared her inspiring story. Her name is Kechi, and she brought the judges and audience to her feet with her amazing voice.


Kechi, who is originally from Nigeria, survived a plane crash when she was a teenager. Check out her emotional audition in the video below, and read on to find out more about Kechi’s story.

Kechi Auditions For ‘AGT’ And Shares Her Story

In 2005, when Kechi was 16 years old, she survived a plane crash that killed 107 people. She suffered third-degree burns on 65 percent of her body. Kechi later moved to Texas for treatment, and underwent over 100 surgeries.

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Kechi said music was an “escape” for her when she was recovering. She sang every day and dreamed of performing on a stage. “What happened to me was horrible, but I refuse to let it define me,” she said. “Instead, I draw strength from it.”

The singer performed Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” for her audition. The performance brought the AGT audience to their feet, and the judges were clearly moved by it. They also gave Kechi a standing ovation after she sang.

Kechi Earns The Golden Buzzer On ‘The Champions’

Kechi received four “yes” votes from the judges to move on after her audition, and she made it all the way to the finals, finishing in the Top 10 of Season 12. But that wasn’t the end of her AGT journey.


In 2019, Kechi returned to the show’s stage for AGT: The Champions. She performed “You Are the Reason” by Calum Scott, and received the Golden Buzzer from judge Simon Cowell. “I have always wanted to do that for you,” he told Kechi. “You so deserve it.”

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Although she didn’t win Champions, Kechi has continued to perform and appear as a motivational speaker. In 2018, she released the original song “Don’t You Dare.” She’s also pursuing an MBA at the University of St. Thomas in Houston.

Kechi uses her platform to advocate for causes such as bullying prevention. According to her website, she is currently working on her debut album, and she’s signed with a publishing company to work on her memoir.

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About the Author

Jill O'Rourke
Jill O’Rourke is a contributor at Talent Recap, writing news stories and recaps for shows like ‘AGT,’ ‘The Voice,’ and ‘American Idol.’ She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and Film Studies, and has been writing about pop culture since 2012, with previous bylines at Crushable and A Plus. Jill spends her free time binge-watching sitcoms and daydreaming about life as a hobbit

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