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'AGT' Season 17 Live Show: Ava Swiss dedicates performance to hometown Oxford, fans ask 'where's the talent?'

While the judges called Swiss gutsy for her bravery, fans weren't as forthcoming with their support
UPDATED AUG 10, 2022
Ava Swiss on 'America's Got Talent' (NBC)
Ava Swiss on 'America's Got Talent' (NBC)

The live shows of 'America's Got Talent' is off to an electric start, with the acts taking to the stage and giving it all they've got. With their dreams on the line, the artists this season are not holding back! For Ava Swiss, having lived through the Oxford School Shooting on November 30, 2021, changed her life forever.

She explained that hers was just one story out of the 1,800 people present that day. And while going back out has been hard for her, she has learned that it is important to live life to the fullest. Swiss even added that she never ends a call without saying 'I love you'. Swiss dedicated her entire performance to Oxford and noted that love is stronger than hate. 

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Swiss took to stage and performed P!nk's 'Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken'. The judges were in awe of Swiss's performance, with Heidi Klum praising her voice control while Howie Mandel and Simon Cowell praised her being 'gutsy' and performing, despite having gone through such a dark time in her life. When Terry Crews asked Swiss is she had any advice to give viewers, Swiss stated that it people shouldn't let anything hold them back from chasing their dreams. 

Fans, however, were less than impressed with Swiss's performance. "Can singers please stop going on #AGT PLEASE!!??!? Almost every time it's some sob story and then, some person that sings like 100 other people on American idol, somehow Simon gives, a standing O like high fives, a complete opposite of American Idol, he has turned into" said a fan. "So, night 1 must be a joke? Where's the talent? #AGT" said another. "#AGT Sorry Ava Swiss...." wrote a fan. "What are the judges talking about? Those were not million dollar vocals. For a singer to win you gotta blow the roof off the house. That was not a very strategic song choice. Way too safe" said a fan.





Do you agree with what the judges had to say? Or do you think fans have the right idea when it comes to Swiss's performance? Sound off in the comments below! Help your favorite acts advance forward by voting! Visit to vote or you can do so via the 'AGT' App (available through Google Play and on the App Store).  

'America's Got Talent' airs on Tuesdays at 8 pm on NBC. followed by the results which will air on Wednesday nights between 8pm to 9pm ET/PT. For viewers who wish to tune in to the show without cable, they can do so using any of the following streaming services: Sling TV, fuboTV, Hulu With Live TV, AT&T TV or YouTube TV.

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