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Lindsey Stirling arrives at the "America's Got Talent" Season 13 Finale Show red carpet at the Dolby Theatre on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, in Los Angeles.

SALT LAKE CITY — Lindsey Stirling said she rejected a call from “America’s Got Talent” producers to appear on the spinoff show, “The Champions.”

Stirling told The Huffington Post that producers for “AGT” reached out to her and asked her to be on stage for “The Champions,” a spinoff show centered around contenders from the first 13 seasons of “America’s Got Talent.”

  • “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,” she told HuffPost. “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.’ It was a funny moment for me.”

The Deseret News reached out to Stirling’s representatives for comment.

Context: Stirling appeared on “AGT” back in 2010. Judges dished out some harsh criticism toward Sterling, saying she likely wouldn’t make it as a violinist.

Stirling told HuffPost the judges, including Piers Morgan, were right about her.

  • “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.”

Flashback: Before her show in Utah, Stirling told my colleague Lottie Johnson she doesn’t mind her critics.

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  • “Whatever art you’re creating, there’s going to be people that bash you,” she told the Deseret News. To this day, there’s still people that think I’m a terrible violinist and think what I do is really ridiculous. I think it’s just important to remember that there’s always positive and negative around you, and it's up for us to decide where we’re going to focus and put our energy. Consistently, whether it’s through my art or whether it’s just the way I’m living my life, I try really hard to focus on the positive, and I think that’s the key to living happy and being successful.”