America’s Got Talent‘s 50 best acts are lining up for a chance at victory on the show’s spinoff series, The Champions. Among the 10 acts aired on Monday’s (Jan. 7) premiere episode was Bianca Ryan, AGT‘s first ever winner in 2006. She was only 11 years old at the time.
In 2016, she underwent surgery to repair a paralyzed vocal cord at the risk of never being able to sing again. Her career came to a halt, and she’s using The Champions to “see the light again.” Ryan took the stage to perform “Say Something” by A Great Big World, hitting an impressive high note at the end and gaining a standing ovation from judges Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel.
The spinoff also includes season 13 favorite Courtney Hadwin, season 13’s winner Shin Lim, season 8’s dancer Kenichi Ebina and many more. Watch Ryan’s performance below.