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Nightbirde Reflects on Big Golden Buzzer Moment, Gives Cancer Update

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Simon Cowell pushed his Golden Buzzer for singer Nightbirde during the second episode of America’s Got Talent Season 16. The 30-year-old singer is battling cancer and shared an emotional original song called “It’s OK.” Her story moved Cowell to the point that he got all choked up, a side of him we have been seeing more of in recent years.

Nightbirde Updates ‘America’s Got Talent’ Fans on Her Cancer Battle

“I have a 2% chance of survival, but 2% is not 0%,” Nightbirde, whose real name is Jane Marczewski, told Terry Crews backstage. She went on to say that “2% is something, and I wish people knew how amazing it is.”

Nightbirde gave fans an update on her cancer battle on Instagram Live this afternoon. Her audition is now going viral with many curious to know a little bit more about her health journey. Fans can donate money to help pay for her treatments through a GoFundMe page. Doctors are confident that the same treatments will rid cancer from her body once more.

“I’m doing really great,” she said in the livestream. “Obviously, I’m feeling really awesome. The cancer is still not all the way gone but it’s about to be probably some time soon but we’re still working on that.”


She Teased More Original Songs to Come in the Live Shows

Nightbirde also did a second Instagram Live on the official America’s Got Talent page after her audition aired on television. She spoke to fans about her overall experience on the show and how she was shocked to find that Cowell was so nice. To her surprise, she felt that Howie Mandel was the judge who was the most standoffish towards her. She felt like she had to prove herself to him more than Cowell who was on the verge of tears.

After getting the Golden Buzzer, Nightbirde was shocked that Cowell gave her a big hug. He really showed an emotional side that we did not get to see during his first few seasons of America’s Got Talent. She said she admires him for being stoic sometimes and always telling the truth to contestants. He was definitely way different than she thought he would be. After becoming a father, Cowell has turned into a big teddy bear.

“It gives the singer an opportunity to get better,” Nightbirde said about Cowell’s honesty.

In the live shows, she plans on performing more original songs that are about her cancer journey. Some of them will make viewers feel happy and others will have more of a sad meaning. Nightbirde also offered some great insight on what keeps her pushing on despite her cancer diagnosis.

“Because so many unimaginable bad things can happen, I also believe that impossibly amazing and redemptive things can happen, and I think that’s what keeps me going,” she said.

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