Plane Crash Survivor From Houston Kechi Sings Heart Out On 'AGT' (VIDEO)
By Shari Weiss
August 30, 2017
As Gossip Cop has reported, Kechi is a plane crash survivor who was left with severe burns all over her body. She was one of only two people to survive the tragedy, in which more than 100 others were killed. Music became an “escape” from her physical and mental anguish, and she showed off her vocal kills in an audition performance of Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud.” Simon Cowell told her afterward, “I think what’s exciting about you is there’s more to come from you. There’s more than you even know you’re capable of.”
In the Judge Cuts round, Kechi amazed again. For that performance, she chose a “Song For You,” and her stunning rendition received a standing ovation from the entire panel, including guest judge Seal. It was the first and only time all five judges stood together that night in applause. Seal was so moved, he even went on to stage to hug the crying aspiring star and tell her she’s “beautiful.” Now before her quarterfinals performance, which was the last of the two-hour broadcast, Kechi said in her pre-taped opening, “I’ve always felt a responsibility to people who lost loved ones in that plane crash… I want to make them proud.”
Well, they should be proud of her performance of Katy Perry’s “By The Grace Of God,” which was a poignant song choice. All four judges gave a standing ovation as Kechi cried. Klum told her, “It makes me so happy to sit here and watch you on that big stage and fulfill your dream.” Mel B said the aspiring star was “pitch-perfect” with her “amazing voice,” but “more importantly to me, you are a survivor… And for that, you must go through. You must. I have to see you again.”
Cowell said, “What’s happened now is tonight you came out as the person I always believed you wanted to be… You are important in these days and ages, when people need people like you as an inspiration.” And Mandel, calling Kechi a “beacon of beauty,” noted she’s from Texas, where Hurricane Harvey has ravaged the state. “I think it was also serendipity that you are living in Houston. They need you,” he said. Asked by host Tyra Banks if she wanted to send a message, the singer said, “I want to say that I pray that my performance gave them something positive to see. I’m not even sure if people in Houston can see this.”
But when they do, she hoped they “feel something positive and feel strength to move on.” Check out the moving video below.
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