'AGT' Season 17: Simon Cowell pays tribute to Nightbirde as top golden buzzer performer, fans say she 'was astounding'

'AGT' Season 17: Simon Cowell pays tribute to Nightbirde as top golden buzzer performer, fans say she 'was astounding'
Jane Kristen Marczewski, also known as Nightbirde on 'America's Got Talent' (NBC)

Each season of 'America's Got Talent' promises to be bigger and better than the previous one. And, on all counts, it delivers. The show sees people from all walks of life display their talent on the main stage, in the hope of winning over the judges. And while scoring three or more yeses is key, each of these acts and artists hopes to bag the golden buzzer. After all, it fast tracks them to the live rounds.

So far, Season 17 has seen some interesting golden buzzer performances, such as Lily Meola, The Mayyas, Sara James and Madison Taylor Baez. With Simon Cowell counting down his top 15 favorite golden buzzers of all time, here's a look at Simon's all-time favorite golden buzzer act and what fans had to say about it!

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As Terry Crews and Simon Cowell sat down to discuss their top picks, the duo went through some iconic performances seen on the 'AGT' stage. From the likes of the Waffle Crew to Grace Vanderwaal, Simon explained what set each of these 15 performances apart and what made them earn their spot in the live auditions. He explained that 'auditions fade' but 'none of the golden buzzers' ever do. When it came down to his top three performances, Simon listed Kodi Lee and Darci Lynne as his top three and top two performance respectively. When it came down to it, Simon announced that his top golden buzzer of all time was that of Jane Kristen Marczewski, whose stage name is Nightbirde. She auditioned in 2021 on the 16th Season of the show. And while she did bag the golden buzzer, she was unable to perform in the quarterfinals, due to her struggle with cancer. Marczewski died on February 19, 2022, at the age of 31, after cancer had metastasized to her lungs, spine and liver. Talking about her performance, Simon spoke about how her golden buzzer moment would live on forever. 

Fans took to Twitter to celebrate Nightbirde's performance and her spirit. "Jane Nightbirde has had more than one tribute on #AGT now. Good. The faith that woman had was astounding. If you watched her Celebration of Life you saw that, for sure #AmericasGotTalent" said a fan. "Nightbirde was amazing a star in the making may she Rest In Peace #AGT" wrote another. "She’s one of those auditions that sticks with you. A beautiful voice and beautiful soul. She is missed! #AGT #GoldenBuzzer" added another. "dear nightbirde, we all love you and we all miss you. you really deserve the world. thank you for inspiring us all." tweeted a fan. 





'America's Got Talent' Season airs on Tuesdays at 8 pm on NBC. 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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