Lindsey Stirling said no to America’s Got Talent: The Champions

America's Got Talent: The ChampionsWhile America’s Got Talent: The Champions has a number of notable acts competing, including Shin Lim, Susan Boyle, and original champ Bianca Ryan, it does not have Lindsey Stirling. The violinist is one of the most-famous alumni of the NBC series, even though she didn’t make it out of the quarterfinals back on her original season.

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So how has she flourished? It’s the result of hard work, but also she took the rejection from the show (she was buzzed and criticized during the live shows) as motivation to get better. Now that she’s at the point she is in her career, she simply doesn’t feel the need to come back. She explained why in a new interview with The Huffington Post:

“It was really funny because they called me, and I thought maybe they wanted me to be a guest performer or something and I literally, my jaw kind of dropped. They were like, ‘We want to invite you back on America’s Got Talent.’ And I was like, ‘Thank you. I don’t mean to be rude, but I would never come back to compete. Like, I’m sorry I do really well on my own now. I tour the world. Thank you, but absolutely not.’”

What is fascinating is that in retrospect, Stirling doesn’t actually think that the judges were too harsh on her during her time on the show:

“It took me years to realize that they weren’t necessarily wrong. It’s easy for people to look at it like, ‘Oh they messed up. They sure missed out on you.’ But looking at the video, I wasn’t great. And it’s not that they were wrong. And I think that’s why it hurt so bad when I was on the show and I got kicked off and when they said really mean things to me. It hurt so bad because it was kind of true, and I think the truth hurts way more. And they were right. I hadn’t earned or developed the skills to be able to dance, to be thrown around up in the air while playing the violin. It’s really difficult.”

Obviously, times are different now and she’s found a remarkable career for herself. She’s a performer who doesn’t need to come back and compete on the show … though, for the record, she probably could have come back for this all-star season and done really well. Regardless of what Stirling herself thinks about how the judges treated her, we certainly do believe that America’s Got Talent would be eating a lot of crow now that she didn’t make even the semifinals on her season.

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