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NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! Read this article. With a song that she claimed helped her “remember the positive,” an 18-year-old girl who survived a school shooting in Oxford, Michigan, in 2021 took the stage for an audition on “America’s Got Talent” on Tuesday.
Simon Cowell, Sofia Vergara, Heidi Klum, and Howie Mandel all gave Ava Swiss, a senior at Oxford High School, a standing ovation when she gave an emotive performance of the song “Remember” by artist Lauren Daigle.
Mandel described the performance as “inspiring,” while Klum termed it “wonderful.”
Mandel stated, “It’s hard to show up in life, especially after going through great pain. “Everybody finds it so inspiring that you were able to overcome that and flourish like you did today. You therefore truly shone.”
Vergara claimed that Swiss’ performance “ripped my breath away” as she let her feelings be known.
Ava Swiss, 18, participated in the “America’s Got Talent” auditions. NBC/Trae Patton via Getty Images )
The notoriously critical Cowell said to Swiss, “This is one of those auditions I will never forget.”
Swiss received a unanimous “yes” from the panel of four judges, advancing her to the next phase of the competition.
Prior to her performance, Swiss told the judges that the shooting in November 2021, which left four of her fellow pupils dead and seven others, including a teacher, injured, had been “traumatic.”
I recall my neighborhood, my family, and just the affection, says she said . And I keep in mind that everything is there for me and will get me where I need to go.
Ethan Crumbley, the shooting suspect, is accused of first-degree murder; his parents are accused of involuntary manslaughter for allegedly allowing their son access to a pistol.