Blind and autistic contestant leaves viewers in tears with 'greatest audition' ever
A blind and autistic contestant on America's Got Talent left the audience in tears with his emotional and awe-inspiring performance. It was so affecting for viewers that many people on social media are now praising it as the greatest audition ever filmed on the show.
Kodi Lee had the honour of receiving a Golden Buzzer from judge Gabrielle Union on Tuesday's episode, thanks to his stunning singing and piano playing, sending him straight to the season 14 Hollywood live show.
Check out this footage of Kodi's incredible performance:
Kodi, who hails from Lake Elsinore in California, was accompanied on the show with his mom Tina. He then performed Donny Hathaway's 1971 hit A Song For You for judges Gabrielle, Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel and Julianne Hough.
Before Kodi began playing, his mother explained: "We found out that he loved music really early on. Through music and performing, he was able to withstand living in this world. Because when you’re autistic, it’s really hard to do what everyone else does. It actually has saved his life, playing music."
His performance obviously had a profound impact - moving the audience enough to give him a standing ovation. The notoriously-caustic critic Simon Cowell lavished praise on the boy, stating: "What just happened there was extraordinary. Your voice is absolutely fantastic, you have a really beautiful tone. Thank you so much for trusting us on this show. I’m going to remember this moment for the rest of my life."
Personally, I'm looking forward to seeing more great performances from Kodi in future. Let's hope he makes it to the finale!