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Blind 'America's Got Talent' Contestant Reveals Music Saved His Life

Blind 'America's Got Talent' Contestant Reveals Music Saved His Life

It's not rare for singing contests to prompt people to turn on the waterworks, and this season of America's Got Talent is proving to be no exception.

During the first episode of their 14th season, a singer and pianist named Kodi Lee came on to play for the judges.

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The 22-year-old, who is blind and lives with autistism, was accompanied by his mother Tina Lee who spoke on his behalf.

"We found out that he loved music really early on," Tina explained to the panel of judges. "Through music and performing, he was able to withstand living in this world."

She added: "Because when you're autistic, it's really hard to do what everyone else does. It actually has saved his life, playing music."

Kodi introduced himself on-stage and got down to sing Donny Hathaway's 'A Song For You', and the judges were blown away by his amazing performance.

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There wasn't a dry eye in the house, and Gabrielle Union even gave Kodi the Golden Buzzer - her first ever on the show.

"Not only do we feel the authenticity of what you do but you're a great inspiration and a great talent. It was amazing," said Howie Mandel.

"Your voice blew us all away," Julianne Hough added. "I heard you, I felt you and it was beautiful." Simon Cowell said: "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."

The Golden Buzzer was the first of the season, and it was most definitely well-deserved.

Kodi thanked the judges afterwards for their kind words, and he could be seen hugging his family who came on stage to join him. Congrats, Kodi.

Featured Image Credit: America's Got Talent

Topics: Entertainment, Rating - U, TV News

Marianne Eloise

Marianne writes about TV, film and internet culture for Nylon, VICE, The Guardian, Vulture, Time Out and more. She was previously a staff writer at Dazed.

 

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