Blind, autistic singer Kodi Lee is the front-runner to win “America’s Got Talent” Season 14, and for good reason: every time he performs he captures America’s heart and has viewers reaching for the tissues. As of this writing the 22-year-old has performed three songs on NBC’s reality TV show: “A Song for You” in his audition, “Bridge Over Troubled Water” in the Quarterfinals and “You Are the Reason” in the Semifinals. Gabrielle Union‘s Golden Buzzer will next be seen in the Finals, airing September 17-18 on NBC.
Of Kodi’s three performances so far, which one is your favorite? Re-watch all of his amazing moments below, read what judges Gabrielle, Howie Mandel, Simon Cowell and Julianne Hough had to say, and then cast your vote in our poll.
“A Song for You” — Audition performance
Howie called Kodi a “great inspiration” and a “great talent.” Julianne raved, “I really feel your heart, your passion, your voice.” Simon proclaimed, “What just happened there was extraordinary.” Gabrielle pushed her Golden Buzzer after announcing, “I’m a new judge this season and I’m also a new mom this year. It’s the toughest job I’ve ever had and the most rewarding job I’ve ever had. You just want to give your kids the moon, the stars and the rainbows. And tonight I’m gonna give you something special.”
“Bridge Over Troubled Water” — Quarterfinals performance
Gabrielle praised, “Kodi, you’ve changed the world and you keep changing the world.” Simon said, “You are generally one of the most extraordinary people and talents we’ve had the great fortune to have on any show we’ve ever made.” Julianne remarked, “You have changed our hearts, you have changed our mindset, you’ve changed our lives.” And Howie concluded, “In this world of troubled waters, you, Kodi, are our bridge.”
“You Are the Reason” — Semifinals performance
Gabrielle noted, “We are all so grateful to be in your orbit.” Simon proclaimed, “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.” Guest star Sean Hayes added, “I can’t believe I’m so lucky to witness this close and to be a part of it.” And Howie expressed his feelings by simply stating, “Kodi, you are magic.”
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