Two months after winning “America’s Got Talent” Season 14, singer and pianist Kodi Lee headlined his own show at the Paris Theater in Las Vegas. Kodi was joined by fellow “AGT” finalists Detroit Youth Choir, stand-up comedian Ryan Niemiller, dance group V. Unbeatable and violinist Tyler Butler-Figueroa for a week of sold-out live shows. Gold Derby chatted with Kodi and his mother, Tina, backstage at the Paris, where he relived his concert series and his Golden Buzzer audition video that went viral. Watch our Kodi Lee interview above.
“It was so awesome!” Kodi exclaimed after being reunited him with the other “AGT” finalists live on stage. Kodi’s family also made appearances to wild applause, with his brother and sister singing backup on his rendition of “Easy (Like a Sunday Morning).” Kodi took on such hits as “Lost Without You,” “You Are the Reason” and “A Song For You.” One of the major highlights was Kodi’s version of Elton John‘s “I’m Still Standing,” complete with wild red glasses, as audience members shouted “Kodi! Kodi! Kodi!” following the performance.
On the red carpet Kodi revealed the first thing he did following his “America’s Got Talent” victory: “We celebrated with hot chocolate!” The California resident is now the seventh singer to win NBC’s reality TV show, joining an exclusive list that includes Bianca Ryan (2006), Neal E. Boyd (2008), Kevin Skinner (2009), Michael Grimm (2010), Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. (2011) and Grace VanderWaal (2016).
“I did it, I did it!” Kodi recalled thinking when Gabrielle Union pushed her Golden Buzzer at his original audition. “I watched it over and over and over again,” Kodi said about his viral video. Gabrielle’s declaration that Kodi “changed the world” really stuck with him throughout his time on the show. As for Simon Cowell, who can sometimes intimidate the acts, Kodi remarked, “He’s really down to earth.”
Kodi ended up winning “AGT,” with Detroit Youth Choir coming in second place, Ryan placing third, V.Unbeatable finishing in fourth and military singers Voices of Service ending in fifth. The other Top 10 finalists were announced in no particular order: singer Benicio Bryant, dance troupe Light Balance Kids, chorale group Ndlovu Youth Choir, opera singer Emanne Beasha and Tyler.