Confession: I’ve written stories before where I’ve said videos will “make you cry” when I have not, in fact, shed any tears while watching the video. I apologize to those I have deceived, and I’m here to redeem myself. This video—this video right here, people—led to actual tears streaming down my cheeks. The clip is from this week’s episode of America’s Got Talent, and it shows 16-year-old singer Calysta Bevier’s audition for the show. When she steps up for her audition, judge Howie Mandel compliments her cropped hair, telling her she has an Audrey Hepburn look to her. Bevier shares that her short hair wasn’t really her decision.
“The hair wasn’t really my choice. I’m a survivor of Stage 3 ovarian cancer,” she bravely tells the audience. “I kind of came here today to show people that no matter what you’ve gone through, to keep chasing your dreams.”
Ovarian cancer is rare in women under the age of 40, but not unheard of, according to the American Cancer Society. After sharing her story, Bevier sings an amazing stripped-down cover of Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song”—and that’s when the tears start dancing down my cheeks. She has an incredible voice, and she hits every note of the powerful ballad. When she sings the lyrics, “This is my fight song, take back my life song,” it’s hard not to think of Bevier’s own journey fighting cancer. The performance tugs all the heartstrings.
She finishes to a standing ovation, started surprisingly by the notoriously salty judge Simon Cowell. He even looks a little misty-eyed, if I do say so myself. Cowell is so impressed with her performance, he presses his Golden Buzzer, meaning Bevier moves on straight to the live shows.
“I love everything about you. I just had this feeling when you walked out, I can’t explain it, just your spirit, the choice of song, your voice, I think you’re really special,” he tells Bevier. “I’ve just got this really incredible feeling about you, I really do…I predict great things are going to happen to you.”
Gold glitter rains down on the stage, and Cowell walks out to give an overjoyed Bevier a big hug. I’m crying, you’re crying—we’re all crying, right?
Source: Self.com | June 22, 2016 |By Haley Goldberg
Watch the amazing moment below: