Tuesday, 22 October, 2019

Blind, autistic singer Kodi Lee gets golden buzzer on America's Got Talent

Gabrielle Union Gabrielle Union
Lora Ball | 30 May, 2019, 11:11

Lee, who is autistic and blind, has a truly magical gift that was discovered by the masses on last night's America's Got Talent. In addition to Gabrielle Union and Simon Cowell, season 14 of America's Got Talent also features Julianne Hough and Howie Mandel as judges.

"IF KODI LEE DOESN'T WIN AMERICA'S GOT TALENT THE WHOLE SHOW IS RIGGED", one viewer enthusiastically tweeted immediately after his performance.

"I realised he's an entertainer". I wanted an act, I wanted a performer that was going to change the world.

And judge Gabrielle Union made sure Kodi would be in the competition for the long-haul.

I've been saving my golden buzzer for just this moment.

In an interview following the show, Union reflected on giving her golden buzzer to Lee, highlighting that he pulled off an excellent rendition of a hard Hathaway song that earned a spot in the semi-finals.

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His mother explained that Kodi is both blind and has autism, and that he uses music to express himself.

"We found out he loved music really early on. It actually has saved his life playing music", Tina added. [Kodi, ] your voice is fantastic, it has a really attractive tone. "I'm going to remember this for the rest of my life", Simon Cowell said.

"(Parenting) is the toughest job I've ever had and the most rewarding job I've ever had. "Your voice blew everyone away, so I just want to say that I heard you, and I felt you, and that was attractive".

According to Kodi's website, he is only one of approximately 25 people in the world with his music ability.

Malaysians were not left out with radio stations such as Mix FM buzzing about Kodi's talent, while Malaysian social media timelines were choc-full of shared or reuploaded videos.

A very special America's Got Talent contestant has blown judges away and set audiences alight with his tear-jerking viral audition.

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