Powerhouse singer Kechi Okwuchi conquered the stage with an emotional performance of Frances’ “Don’t Worry About Me,” during the “America’s Got Talent” semi-finals on Sept. 12.
Fans may or may not know that the season 12 standout is one of just two people who survived a plane crash, which took the lives of 107 passengers back in 2005.
Prior to her performance, she told the audience that she’d dedicate “Don’t Worry About Me” to her mother, who’s been by her side through it all.
“My mom spent the last 10 years worrying about me,” Kechi explained in a pre-taped video that aired just prior to her performance. “She felt fear for me. She cried her tears for me. I want her to hear this song and know that she doesn’t have to worry about me anymore, that she’s done a great job and that I am okay.”
Then, taking the stage, the brave Keshi — who is still receiving treatment — let her scars show. But her vocals outshined her wounds. Between belting out the beginning lyrics of the song a cappella to finishing the final note, her soulful — if not technically perfect – rendition moved judge Mel B. to tears.
“You are just so special. You just stand there with such confidence.” Mel B. praised. “You give people hope, strength and inspiration. Your are incredible.”
Simon Cowell added, “It was your best performance by a clear mile. It was a magical moment.”
“You rule the stage today like a queen,” fellow judge Heidi Klum noted.
Indeed, she did. Kechi’s performance was so moving that she has now earned a place in the finals.
“Aaaaand it’s done! If you voted to save me, know that you have my endless gratitude,” Kechi tweeted on Sept. 13. “I’m grateful either way.”