'America's Got Talent': Teen cancer survivor gets final golden buzzer

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A 16 year-old cancer survivor earned the fourth and final golden buzzer of the season Tuesday night on “America’s Got Talent.”

Calysta Bevier of Grand Rapids, Ohio won over judge Simon Cowell — and the live audience of 3000-plus — with her emotional performance of Rachel Patton’s “Fight Song.”

"I've got this incredible feeling about you,” Cowell told her.

“I think everyone in this room felt it.  You were nervous I could feel that. I predict great things are gonna happen for you. There's something about you.”

The 10th grader was diagnosed with stage three ovarian cancer last summer but has been in remission for nearly ten months.

“My dreams are to grow up and finish high school,” she revealed in a pre-taped interview.

Calysta will now advance directly through to the live performance shows, which will originate from Los Angeles beginning in July.

She joins 12 year-old opera sensation Laura Bretan, pre-teen folk singer Grace VanderWaal (“The next Taylor Swift”) and crooning pizza delivery driver Sal Valentinetti as early favorites for the $1 million grand prize.

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The 63 year-old transgender comic began her career as Rick Scotti back in 1981.  Now she’s back on stage with a new look, a new name and some jokes that could make a sailor blush. 

“I am in the autumn of my years,” she yucks.  “My foliage is starting to change color if you know what I mean…”

Howie Mandel loved her:  “Whether you are a man or a woman, you are funny!”


Ronee, 62, works as an assistant at a Virginia law firm, but has dreamed for decades about finding success as a singer. She’s come close in the past.  Will this be her big break?

“You have an amazing voice,” Cowell praised after she brought down the house with Aretha Franklin’s anthem, “Natural Woman.”  

“Now you have to become relevant and current. The whole I deal of this show is to give people like you a chance that maybe other people wouldn’t give, because I can’t deny the fact that you have a fantastic voice.”


He’s been playing professional football for the Philadelphia Eagles for 14 seasons.  Now Jon, 35, hopes to make it as a magician. His up close card trick left all four judges scratching their heads and voting “yes” for more.

“For someone who doesn’t do this professionally, it was so slick, so fast and your dialogue was great,” Cowell lauded. “I am really impressed.”

“America’s Got Talent” airs Tuesdays at 8:00 PM on NBC.