Hip-hop violinist and YouTube celebrity Lindsey Stirling will perform as a guest artist on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” Wednesday night, according to the show’s Facebook page.
This isn’t the first time Ms. Stirling has performed on the “America’s Got Talent” stage. In 2010, Ms. Stirling was selected as a contestant for the fifth season of the show but was eliminated in the quarter-finals after receiving criticism from the judges.
“One problem, to do what you do, you have to be a world-class violinist,” judge Piers Morgan told Ms. Stirling in 2010. “Because if you don’t, when you’re moving around, being thrown around and still trying to play, you end up doing what you did, and that’s missing lots of notes.”
Fellow judge Sharon Osborne agreed that her performance wasn’t enough.
“I think the problem is with you, you need to be in a group, you need a singer, you need to find a group of people to work with,” Ms. Osborne said. “And I don’t think what you’re doing right now is enough to fill a theater in Vegas.”
Since then, Ms. Stirling has done anything but sit back and sulk. In fact, Ms. Stirling stated on her website that such a rejection was exactly what motivated her to move forward.
“The same reasons I was told I wouldn’t succeed are the reasons people travel hundreds of miles to see me now,” she said online. “Because it’s different. Because it’s something you haven’t seen before.”
Ms. Stirling has garnered fans through her YouTube channel, Lindseystomp, which was created in 2007 and now has more than 709 million video views. Ms. Stirling has collaborated with John Legend and Penatonix, appeared on the Country Music Awards and on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.”
She has also released two albums. Her most recent, “Shatter Me,” debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart after its release in April 2014.