When it comes to America's Got Talent, violinist Lindsey Stirling from season five is an impossible act to forget. But unfortunately when Lindsey was on the show, she received excruciating criticism from the judges — particularly from Piers Morgan, who her performance sounded "like a bunch of rats being strangled." So eight years later when the talent program asked her to come back and compete on the new spinoff America's Got Talent: The Champions, the decision was an easy one for Lindsey.
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“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.’"
Lindsey's not lying. Since being voted off the variety show in 2010, the 32-year-old musician has gone on to become a worldwide success. has over 11 million Youtube subscribers and over 1.9 billion views, won two Billboard Awards, become , and played in sold-out arenas and theaters around the globe.
Despite saying no to coming back, Lindsey made it clear that she doesn't necessarily think Piers or the other judges (Sharon Osbourne told her she didn't think Lindsey could "fill a Vegas theater") were totally out of line. But still, their words back then definitely stung.
"Looking at the video, I wasn’t great," she began. "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."
Lindsey may not be coming back to compete on AGT anytime soon, but given that with season 13 finalists Brian King Joseph and Duo Transcend this year, it's possible we'll see her pop up on the show from time to time.