Plane Crash Survivor Who Uses Singing As ‘Therapy’ Wows Judges On ‘America’s Got Talent’

by Kim Wong-Shing
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A plane crash survivor is stunning judges with her singing talents on America’s Got Talent: The Champions.

Kechi Okwuchi was one of only two survivors of a plane crash in Nigeria in 2005. She suffered severe burns over 65% of her body and has undergone over 100 reconstructive surgeries since the incident. To make things worse, 107 people died in the crash, including 60 of her college schoolmates.

Throughout her challenging journey, Kechi has returned to her singing over and over again to help herself heal.

“Music and singing have just been huge, huge therapy,” Kechi told Inside Edition.

And she’s talented, too. Kechi appeared on season 12 of America’s Got Talent. She made it to the finals before her elimination.

Now Kechi is back to compete once again on the champion season of the series. Once again, Kechi has made it to the finals. She’s competing with other fan favorites from throughout the show’s 13 seasons, including Angelica Hale and Susan Boyle. The season’s winner, who will be dubbed the World Champion, will receive $25,000.

On Monday, Kechi made judges and fans emotional with her rendition of “Opportunity” from 2014’s Annie. The audience was moved to their feet. One judge, however, did offer some criticism of the performance — but Kechi wasn’t swayed.

“I always appreciate honesty,” she said. “That’s the best way to grow as an artist. So, thank you.”

Watch her incredible performance to see how talented she is for yourself.

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