Recent Oxford High School graduate Ava Swieczkowski, who goes by Ava Swiss, had an incredible performance on the NBC reality show “America’s Got Talent” on Tuesday night (July 26). The performance was recorded after the shooting and before the school year ended. Swiss was actually inside Oxford High School when four students were shot and killed last fall. She also sang at the candlelight vigil.
Swiss picked the song “Remember” by Lauren Daigle. She told Cowell and the other judges, “I chose this song because back on November 30th, my brother and I were a part of the Oxford school shooting. We lost four of our students and seven others were injured, one of which was a teacher.” In the end, she moved onto the next round.
Cowell asked how she was coping. She answered, “It’s been hard. I remember my brother and I, we said there was no way we were stepping foot back in the school, but we’ve actually been in person for two months now so things are getting better.”
After her performance, Howie Mandel said, “You know, in life, it’s tough to show up, especially after going through incredible trauma. The fact that you can break through that and shine the way you did today is so inspirational for every human being. You really shined. That was wonderful.” Heidi Klum added, “I mean, you are incredible. Wow! You have pipes and they’re just so special.”
“I mean, it took my breath away,” Sofía Vergara added. “You sound beautiful. I thought the song you picked was perfect. You were not just singing, you were like, showing your feelings and it gave me goosebumps.” Finally, Cowell said, “I think you are gutsy. I really, really do. For me, this is one of those auditions I will never forget. I really have so much respect for you. And on top of that, you’ve got a great voice. You’re somebody I’m so happy to have met. That’s the one thing over the years on this show, we’ve just met the most extraordinary people on this show and now we’ve just met you.”