‘America’s Got Talent: The Champions’ leaked video: Season 1 winner Bianca Ryan returns after battling paralyzed vocal cord [WATCH]

Bianca Ryan launched the “America’s Got Talent” franchise 13 years ago. She was only 11 when her soaring voice sent 20 million Americans to their phones and computers to vote her the first-ever winner back in the summer of 2006. She took home a cool million dollars and inked a deal with Simon Cowell’s record company.

Her self-titled first album was released in the fall of 2006 to good reviews and decent sales. She followed this up with two Christmas albums and several singles. Then ill health forced her to scale back on her performance schedule. In 2016, she had vocal and abdominal surgery after being told she was high-risk candidate for esophageal cancer. One of her vocal cords was paralyzed and she has worked tirelessly since to regain her singing voice.

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This native of Philadelphia is now 23 and ready to return to the spotlight. She numbers among the 10 acts on Monday’s premiere episode of “America’s Got Talent: The Champions.” Her cover of “Say Something” by A Great Big World moved the four judges (Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel) and had the audience cheering. Take a look in the leaked video above and then sound off with your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Among the 50 acts in the competition are four other “AGT” champs: dancer Kenichi Ebina (2013), ventriloquist Paul Zerdin (2015),singing ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer (2017) and magician Shin Lim (2018).

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