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America’s Got Talent Contestant From Zanesville, Ohio, Backs Out From Contest Due To Cancer

One of the most viral and most viewed contestants in “America’s Got Talent” (AGT), who goes by Nightbirde, has decided to opt-out of the competition months after she got a golden buzzer from Simon Cowell. She said that she made the difficult decision to focus on her health as her cancer has taken a turn for the worse.

Nightbirde, whose real name is Jane Marczewski, made the statement last Monday on her Instagram handle.

Alongside a black and white photo of her, she started by saying that sharing her heart with the world through the AGT was an honor and a dream come true. She noted that it was a miracle that the pain she walked through was “reworked into beauty that makes people all over the world open their eyes wider.” She sang an original called “IT’S OK” during her audition, and it was about her battle with cancer for the past year.

In the post, she said: “Since my audition, my health has taken a turn for the worse and the fight with cancer is demanding all of my energy and attention,” she stated. “I am so sad to announce that I won’t be able to continue forward on this season of AGT. Life doesn’t always give breaks to those that deserve it—but we knew that already.

Nightbirde, who is a native from Zanesville, said that she’ll be better soon. “I’m planning my future, not my legacy. Pretty beat up, but I’ve still got dreams.”

During her audition, Nightbirde was very open about her cancer and even revealed that she had cancer in her spine, lungs, and liver the last time she checked. She also said during her interview that she was told she has only two percent of surviving her cancer, but she remained positive, saying, “Two percent is not zero percent. Two percent is something, and I wish people knew how amazing it is.”

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Her audition video has since reached more than 30 million views.