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Oprah Loved Blind Autistic AGT Singer’s Performance so Much She Stood up and Cheered at Home

Bettina Dizon
Jun 01, 2019
04:53 A.M.
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Oprah Winfrey was moved by a blind and autistic contestant’s audition in “America’s Got Talent,” making her stand and applaud while watching at home.


No one expected an excellent performance when Kodi Lee, a blind and autistic 22-year-old, walked up the “America’s Got Talent Stage,” yet his performance left no dry eyes in the room, with everyone on their feet, clapping at the unbelievable raw talent they just witnessed.

Lee sang his rendition of “A Song for You” by Leon Russell while playing the piano for the 14th season premiere of the hit show.



Social media has been buzzing with the viral video of Lee’s audition, touching the hearts of many, including Oprah Winfrey herself, who couldn’t help but share her sentiments on Twitter.


“Loved this moment so much! Stood up and cheered in my living room. #KodiLee #AmericasGotTalent,” wrote the talk show host.

Oprah was only one among the millions of people who were moved after watching the incredible show Lee put on, which also won him, first-time judge, Gabrielle Union’s, first Golden Buzzer.



His mother, Tina, explained that her son discovered a love for music and developed an incredible voice at an early age, making her realize Lee was an entertainer.

“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 everybody else does,” she said. “It has actually saved his life, playing music.”



Among all the judges in the room, it was Union who empathized with Lee’s mom as she disclosed she too is a new mom and knows it is “the toughest job” but also “the most rewarding job.”


“I know everybody needs a voice and an expression, and I really feel your heart, your passion,” said fellow judge, Julianne Hough. “Your voice blew all of us away. I just want to say that I heard you and I felt you, and that was beautiful.

Simon Cowell, who is known for giving harsh remarks, agreed with the other judges and called Lee’s performance “extraordinary” and commended the relationship he had with Tina.

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