Watch 16-Year-Old Cancer Survivor Calysta Bevier Amaze Simon Cowell on 'America's Got Talent'
By Antoinette Bueno
Simon Cowell couldn't be more impressed with America's Got Talent contestant Calysta Bevier.
The 16-year-old Ohio native wowed the notoriously surly judge on Tuesday's show with her emotional performance of Rachel Platten's hit, "Fight Song," which was especially meaningful given her backstory. The teen is 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," Bevier explained before her performance.
And it's safe to say she nailed it. Cowell was so moved by Bevier that he ended up hitting the golden buzzer for her, meaning that she was headed straight through to the live semi-finals regardless of the opinions of the other three judges. Not that she really needed it -- Cowell's co-judges, Mel B, Heidi Klum, and Howie Mandel, were also clearly impressed with Bevier.
"I love everything about you," Cowell said. "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."
This isn't the first time Bevier has blown away audiences with her rendition of "Fight Song." Last December, she appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, when DeGeneres surprised her by having Platten herself duet with her.
Bevier wasn't the only contestant to impress the AGT judges on Tuesday. NFL pro Jon Dorenbos amazed everyone with his card tricks, not to mention his Philadelphia Eagles teammates.