For weeks now, blind austistic singer Kodi Lee has been the front-runner to win “America’s Got Talent,” according to Gold Derby’s exclusive racetrack odds. Anyone who happened to disagree with that sentiment was proven wrong big time during the live “AGT” semifinals, when Kodi came out onto the Dolby Theatre stage and performed Calum Scott‘s “You Are The Reason” in front of judges Simon Cowell, Julianne Hough, Gabrielle Union, Howie Mandel and Sean Hayes. Following an exuberant standing ovation, Kodi heard some of the best judges’ comments so far in Season 14. Will Kodi go on to win NBC’s reality TV show? Watch the “AGT” video above, read the judges’ comments below and then make your predictions before Wednesday’s results show.
Gabrielle Union: “Kodi Lee! Kodi, you just keep changing the world. Every time you step on this stage, every breath you take, every note you hit, you make the world a thousand percent better. We are all so grateful to be in your orbit. Thank you so much, Kodi.”
Simon Cowell: “Well, that song takes me back to your very first audition because that was the music that came in when Gabrielle pressed your Golden Buzzer. And like I said about Tyler Butler-Figueroa earlier on, your story is unbelievable, but now let’s take it back to your talent. Every time you come on, in particular tonight, you put your twist, your take on a song that makes you in my opinion probably one of the most special, talented contestants we’ve ever had. Honestly, I’m not kidding, I’m looking around, my breath was taken away during that. And I looked in your eyes, Sean, and I could see the effect.”
Sean Hayes: “Yeah, I had tears in my eyes. I can’t believe I’m so lucky to witness this close and to be a part of it. Absolutely nothing short of extraordinary. So inspiring and such a gift, like Gabrielle said, to us and to the world. You’re just unbelievable.”
Howie Mandel: “I know we gotta go, but I gotta say, one of the most favorite talents on this show from the audience and everybody here is magic. Kodi, you are magic.”
In his “AGT” live blog, our recapper John Benutty had this to say about the performance: “One of the favorites to win this season, Kodi Lee, was up next to play the piano and sing for us once again. Tonight he chose Calum Scott’s ‘You Are the Reason’ which afforded him the chance to really flesh out the deep register of his voice as well as hit some pretty high notes. The song had Gabrielle and Sean verging on tears and caused the entire theater audience to erupt in applause and a ‘Kodi! Kodi!’ chant. It was certainly one of the longest standing ovations I’ve seen on the show, culminating in huge praise from all of the judges.”
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