After sadly stepping down from America's Got Talent due to her deteriorating battle with cancer, singer Nightbirde made an emotional return on Wednesday to thank the judges and viewers for support.
Season 16 of America's Got Talent announced its first live results on Wednesday with harmony trio 1aChord, comedians Gina Brillon and Kabir Singh, magician Dustin Tavella, and other fan favorites moving on to the next round.
But thirty-year-old Ohio native, Nightbirde, whose real name is Jane Marczewski, earned a Golden Buzzer last month in auditions after performing her original song "It's OK," which told the story of her battle with brain, liver, and spine cancer.
The AGT favorite had to sadly drop out of the competition last week after health took "a turn for the worse."
Show host Terry Crews told Nightbirde that her performance on the show that earned her the golden buzzer by judge and executive producer Simon Cowell had now been seen more than 200 million times.
During the Zoom call, a visibly choked-up Cowell told Nightbirde she had made the right decision to focus on "your well-being, your health, and your recovery."
"I cannot say thank you enough for the opportunity to have a moment to share my story, and we are witnessing such a beautiful picture of the human spirit," the singer gushed in response.
"I think it's restored my faith in humanity a lot to see people come together just over the fact that we all hurt, we all suffer, and we all have the potential to overcome."
Nightbirde Shares an Emotional Moment With The Judges and Terry Crews - America's Got Talent 2021
Nightbirde was visibly moved by Cowell's statement, relaying how she felt she had let everyone down.
"Even though you haven't competed, you have already won," Cowell assured her. "Your clip had such an impact on so many people."
"On behalf of all of us, we are sending you our love and our prayers and we can't wait to see you again soon," he added. "Thank you so much for auditioning on the show and singing such a beautiful song."
Host Crews explained to the audience how the top five acts of the night would go through to the semifinals, but that the acts that came in sixth, seventh and eighth were all in danger of going home.