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.
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.
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.’