Gabrielle Union praised AGT’s blind and autistic contestant, Kodi Lee, and believes he will “change the world” by moving his audience.
Kodi Lee made headlines after his spectacular audition on the competition series “America’s Got Talent” which won him a Golden Buzzer from judge Gabrielle Union.
He left all the judges impressed and on their feet with his rendition of Donny Hathaway's "A Song For You."
Once again, the blind and autistic contestant left the crowd in awe as he performed Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” in the quarterfinals, and made his way to the next round in the competition. Union shared her thoughts on the rising star and how he is changing the world.
“Aside from reaching through people’s televisions, snatching their hearts out and making people feel something they never felt before, he changes the world,” said the judge. “He’s making people believe in something they didn’t even know is attainable. He’s magic.”
She saw her son’s talent from the very beginning and didn’t doubt him for a second, believing that he could share his voice to the world despite his condition.
A SOLID SUPPORT SYSTEM
Lee, 22, entered the world with optic nerve hypoplasia and at age four, was diagnosed with autism. However, he proved that nothing is impossible, and talents are never based on your physical capacity.
Lee has become a worldwide star with over 42 million views of his performance on YouTube alone.
With a family that serves as a support system, Lee was able to prove that we live in a world with no limits and should not be clouded by society’s judgments.
“Kodi’s family fought to make sure that he had a stage to be brilliant on -- whether that stage was in their living room or on the world’s biggest talent show,” Union added. “They never stopped fighting for him, that’s huge.”
A MOTHER’S LOVE
When Lee first auditioned, his mother Tina stood right by him to introduce him to the world. She saw her son’s talent from the very beginning and didn’t doubt him for a second, believing that he could share his voice to the world despite his condition.
“Look at him today, he’s amazing. He builds off the love and support for everybody; he loves his supporters! He literally will not take a breath, liking and loving every comment,” Tina said.
Today, she stands proud of her son. Although she never expected Lee to rise to stardom, she is happy to witness people “accepting” and “loving” her son.