Nightbirde Brings Simon Cowell to Tears in Video Appearance on AGT
By Movieguide® Staff
Jane Marczewski, the 30-year-old singer from Ohio who goes by Nightbirde, stunned audiences across the globe after her performance of her song “It’s OK” and her story of joy in the face of cancer with a 2% chance of survival on AGT.
Nightbirde’s songs earned a golden buzzer from AGT judge Simon Cowell. Due to her health, Nightbirde recently announced that she would step down from the competition show. However, the judges video-called her in the most recent episode to express their support.
AGT host Terry Crews congratulated Nightbirde, noting that her golden-buzzer audition has been seen over 200 million times.
“There’s no way I would have ever imagined that, it’s a song I wrote for myself in the middle of the night when I needed those words so bad and it’s beautiful to see the world welcome that song into their own dark night,” Nightbirde said. “I’m overwhelmed by it.”
The four AGT judges also expressed their thankfulness and love for Nightbirde and her example of strength and joy.
“The entire world is suffering adversity right now and you are the poster-human for courage in the face of adversity, for poise, for beauty, and for fight,” Howie Mandel told Nightbirde. “That’s what we all need to do.”
Cowell, who not only awarded Nightbirde the golden-buzzer but has also formed a personal relationship with Jane, shared his encouragement in a touching moment.
“Hello Jane,” Simon Cowell said. “We’ve spoken a few times and you made the decision [to step away from AGT] rightly so, so that your health is your priority right now and I know that the last time we spoke you actually said you feel like you let people down. Well I just want to say on behalf of all of us you haven’t let anyone down.”
“Even though you haven’t competed you’ve already won,” he added. “Your clip has had such an impact on so many people and your courage and who you are and the most important thing is your well-being in your health and your recovery and on behalf of all of us here we’re sending you our love our prayers and we can’t wait to see you again soon.
“Thank you so much for auditioning on the show and for singing such a beautiful song,” he said while holding back tears.
“I love all of you right back,” Nightbirde responded. “I cannot say thank you enough for the opportunity to have a moment to share my story and I think we’re witnessing like such a beautiful picture of the human spirit and the triumph of the human spirit and I think it’s restored my faith in humanity a whole lot to see people come together over the fact that we all hurt, we all suffer, and we all have the potential to overcome.”
“This the most beautiful thing that’s ever happened to me in my life,” she added.
Nightbirde also credits her faith for her optimism despite her pain.
Movieguide® previously reported:
“Call me bitter if you want to—that’s fair. Count me among the angry, the cynical, the offended, the hardened. But count me also among the friends of God. For I have seen Him in rare form. I have felt His exhale, laid in His shadow, squinted to read the message He wrote for me in the grout: ‘I’m sad too,'” she explained. “If an explanation would help, He would write me one—I know it… I remind myself that I’m praying to the God who let the Israelites stay lost for decades. They begged to arrive in the Promised Land, but instead He let them wander, answering prayers they didn’t pray. For forty years, their shoes didn’t wear out. Fire lit their path each night. Every morning, He sent them mercy-bread from heaven.”
She adds: “I look hard for the answers to the prayers that I didn’t pray. I look for the mercy-bread that He promised to bake fresh for me each morning. The Israelites called it manna, which means ‘what is it?’ That’s the same question I’m asking—again, and again. There’s mercy here somewhere—but what is it? What is it? What is it?”
Although Nightbirde continues to fight, she revealed that mercy and thanksgiving mark her heart as well.
“I see mercy in the dusty sunlight that outlines the trees, in my mother’s crooked hands, in the blanket my friend left for me, in the harmony of the wind chimes. It’s not the mercy that I asked for, but it is mercy nonetheless. And I learn a new prayer: thank you,” Nightbirde wrote in her blog post. “It’s a prayer I don’t mean yet, but will repeat until I do. Call me cursed, call me lost, call me scorned. But that’s not all. Call me chosen, blessed, sought-after. Call me the one who God whispers his secrets to. I am the one whose belly is filled with loaves of mercy that were hidden for me.”
She concludes: “Even on days when I’m not so sick, sometimes I go lay on the mat in the afternoon light to listen for Him. I know it sounds crazy, and I can’t really explain it, but God is in there—even now. I have heard it said that some people can’t see God because they won’t look low enough, and it’s true. Look lower. God is on the bathroom floor.”