The front-runner to win “America’s Got Talent,” singer Kodi Lee, just took the stage for the final time on Tuesday night. Following Kodi’s rendition of Freya Ridings‘ “Lost Without You,” the judges once again went over-the-top in their praises for the blind autistic singer. To recap, Gabrielle Union raved Kodi “changed the world,” Howie Mandel said he’s “worth much more than a million,” Julianne Hough declared “time stops” when he performs, and Simon Cowell christened it “one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever, ever heard.” Hmm, are the judges in the bag for Kodi Lee? Watch the performance video above, read the judges’ comments below and then make your predictions before Wednesday’s finale.
Gabrielle Union: “Kodi has changed the world. He changes every room he enters. And when he said I think I’d be ‘lost without you,’ I think the whole world would be lost if we had not find Kodi Lee. Thank you for blessing us all, Kodi. Thank you so much.”
Howie Mandel: “Two words come to mind: heck yeah! I think Season 14 is the season of Kodi Lee and if I had to predict, you’re worth much more than a million but I think you’re gonna walk out of here with a million.”
Julianne Hough: “Kodi Lee, when you get on that stage and you open your mouth and you sing, time stops. You impact us in a way that we get to share this moment collectively together forever, and you create that moment for us, so thank you.”
Simon Cowell: “One of the most beautiful things I’ve ever, ever heard, I’m gonna be really honest with you. Genuinely, Kodi, your film and that song and that lyric and you. Everything about it was like I very first said about you, it was like being in a movie. I’m gonna say this about you and everybody else, it’s so easy to assume that it’s a shoo-in. Everybody needs to vote. But after that, that was as good as I’ve ever heard.”
In his “AGT” live blog, our recapper John Benutty had this to say about the performance: “For his final performance, pianist and singer (not to mention predictions front-runner) Kodi Lee sang ‘Lost Without You’ by Freya Ridings, a song and artist that most people probably aren’t familiar with. It was a smart choice for him because it rides the fine line between established cover song and also allowing him the freedom to make the song his own. Following his performance the crowd cheered for him, further cementing him as one of the fan favorites heading in to the final voting. Howie predicted that Kodi will be crowned the champion, but noted that he thinks his talent is worth more than a million dollars. Simon called it one of the most beautiful things he’s ever heard and urged voters to not assume that it’s a shoe-in win and to remember to vote for him if they want him to win.”
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