The singer-songwriter performed an original song, “Mara’s Song,” in her second performance on the show since winning the Golden Buzzer during her debut, which sent her straight to the finals.
“There is so much I could say to you — so much I want to say,” judge Simon Cowell told her, after waving his hands in the air for a silent round of applause in accordance with American Sign Language. “But your music, and you, says it all. All I’m gonna say is you are and you will make a difference. That was stunning.”
Judge Heidi Klum called her act “raw” and “real,” while Mel B told her she made “the impossible possible.”
“You’re like a miracle worker, and you’ve literally taken me on an emotional journey,” she said.
Harvey, who lost her hearing about 10 years ago due to degenerative ear disease, has been singing since age four but stopped after she lost her hearing. She credits her family for her return, and says she relies on muscle memory using visual tuners to sing with hearing loss.
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Judges will now decide if Harvey makes it into the semi-finals.