Not only did Calysta Bevier earn the thumbs-up of all four judges of America?s Got Talent 2016 last Tuesday, she also earned the coveted Golden Buzzer from Simon Cowell.
The 16-year-old singer from Ohio delivered a powerful and goosebumps-inducing rendition of Rachel Platten?s hit ?Fight Song.? And way before Calysta hit the final note of her song, the crowd was already on its feet.
It?s not just Calysta?s voice that mesmerized the audience that day. It?s her story of hope and survival that got everyone?s listening to her.
When Howie Mendel commented that he liked the ?Audrey Hepburn? look about her, Calysta said, ?Aww, thank you. My hair wasn?t really my choice.?
Calysta then revealed that she?s a cancer survivor. ?I?m a survivor of Stage 3 ovarian cancer. I kinda came here today to show people that no matter what you?ve gone through to keep chasing your dreams.?
After her audition piece, the judges had nothing but praise for Calysta.
Howie said: ?You know, you have been through an obstacle far greater than anybody much older than you could even imagine going through. And then you come to this point and you make choices. And you made the choice of singing that song, and that?s your fight song. And it was so heartfelt and so inspirational, I just want to say thank you.?
Mel B said, ?It was amazing! Your tone and the way you fell off the notes, it was just on point. It couldn?t have gone any better for you.?
Heidi Klum commented: ?You do have a beautiful voice. And I can?t believe that you?re only 16 years old. I mean, it?s incredible. Well done.?
Simon Cowell said: ?I love everything about you. You know what, I just had this feeling when you walked out, I can?t explain it. Just your spirit, your choice of song, your voice. I think you?re really special. I?ve got this really incredible feeling about you. I really do.?
Calysta reciprocated Simon?s nice words with: ?Thank you. That means so much coming from you.?
Before pressing the Golden Buzzer, Simon Cowell added, ?I think everyone in this room felt it and I think that, look you were nervous I can hear that, uhm, but you know, you get past this stage I predict great things are gonna happen for you. There?s something about you.?
According to People, the America?s Got Talent 2016 judges this season seem to be favoring young musical acts. ?Mel B?s golden buzzer went to 13-year-old singer Laura Bretan, Howie Mandel pressed the coveted button for 12-year-old ukulele player Grace VanderWaal and Heidi Klum selected 20-year-old pizza delivery man-turned-vocalist Sal Valentinetti for her golden choice.?
America’s Got Talent 2016 airs Tuesdays, 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
Watch Calysta Bevier?s amazing audition piece ?Fight Song? below:
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