Plane crash survivor turned singer Kechi Okwuchi has emerged a finalist of the 2017 edition of America’s Got Talent.
Okwuchi’s qualification for the finals was made known on the official Instagram account of AGT, in a post that read: “Your #DunkinSave votes turned @kechi_agt into a finalist.”
The Nigerian singer was able to make it to the top ten courtesy of the Dunkin Save voting process, which gives viewers the opportunity to send the contestant of their choice into the last stage of the talent competition.
The Dunkin Save voting was between Kechi, a magician Colin Cloud, and a dance group Diavolo.
Okwuchi had earlier pleaded with her fans to help her earn a place on AGT finals, saying “I want nothing more”.
She had said: “Ok you guys know that I want nothing more than to earn my place on @agt. I have prayed incessantly that whatever happens, it’s for the right reasons and most importantly, God’s reasons.
“Therefore I believe that all this is ordained, and I can’t wait to share even more experiences with you guys, you amazing people who got me here. I love you guys and I thank you.”
After her superlative performance in the semi-final of the competition, an emotional Okwuchi whose mother was in the audience, said: “I need to stop crying all the time.
“Thank you so much for a second chance on that stage. It was an incredible experience, especially cause my mom was there.”
Okwuchi has received four standing ovations from the judges and audience since the competition commenced, the most of any contestant.