Recently, viewers watching the first episode of the 14th season of America's Got Talent didn't know what to expect as they watched a young man with a cane be escorted on stage. If you haven't heard of him by now through other media outlets, this young man was 22-year old Kodi Lee who is blind and autistic. His escort, who turned out to be his mom Tina Lee, explained Kodi was very young when she realized his musical gift as an entertainer. "Playing music and performing helped him be able to withstand being in this world.
Because when you're autistic it's really hard to do what everybody else does," said Kodi's mother who left the stage after giving him a brief pep talk.
Kodi went on to shock the judges and the audience with his astounding performance of Leon Russell's 'A Song for You'.
A hush fell over the packed theatre, just as Kodi began to play the piano. Then it happened. AGT judge Simon Cowell's jaw dropped as Kodi belted out the first lines. The entire room watched in amazement as Kodi continued to sing and play. By the time Kodi finished his performance, AGT judge Julianna Hough and many audience members were in tears. The four judges and the audience gave Kodi a standing ovation. Each judge showered Kodi with accolades.
- "It was amazing," said AGT judge Howie Mandel.
- "Your voice blew all of us away...It was beautiful," said Hough.
- "I'm going to remember this moment for the rest of my life," said Cowell.
New AGT judge Gabrielle Union provided the evening's second surprise. "Tonight I'm going to give you something special," she said as she awarded Kodi with her first and the season's first Golden Buzzer, which means Kodi goes straight to the show's live finals in Hollywood. Upon hearing the news, Kodi began jumping in excitement as gold confetti fell over the stage.
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