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Blind Man with Autism Earns First 'AGT' Golden Buzzer of Season 14

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Your favorite summer talent show is back with an all new host and a pair of new judges that bring a little bit of sugar and spice to the table.

America’s Got Talent” Season 14 is here and night one was packed with the good, the bad and Gabrielle Union’s Golden Buzzer.

It was hard to know what to expect with the absence of Tyra Banks, Heidi Klum and Mel B, but “AGT” fans can rest assured the new faces won’t disappoint.

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While I’m of the humble opinion that as long as Simon Cowell sticks around and keeps charming us with his British wit the show will keep on shining, I’d say the newbies definitely add something extra special.

Terry Crews may just be the perfect choice for host and Gabrielle Union is both elegant and kind.

Julianne Hough probably surprised everyone the most as she switched between her nice and not-so-nice judge personas.

What was even more surprising was the variety of acts performing on night one alone. From acrobatic dancing to a card magician that rivals Shin Lim, there was plenty of talent to look forward to seeing again.

One of those talented individuals is Kodi Lee, a 22-year-old blind and autistic man who can only be called a prodigy.

Kodi’s mom, Tina Lee, walked with him on stage as his support.

“We found out he loved music really early on,” she told the judges. “Through music and performing he was able to withstand being in this world.”

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Tina added that music has saved her son’s life. We know that those with autism experience everything differently. The spectrum is so broad, it would be impossible to fully understand each individual point of view.

But music is a universal language — loved by all. It’s not hard to recognize a good voice when you hear one or to understand the difference between mediocre and great piano playing.

Kodi Lee’s musical abilities are beyond great. This young man is something quite extraordinary. Just watch and believe.



He deserves every strip of golden confetti he got! The judges agree.

“I heard you, I felt you, and this was so much more than beautiful,” Julianne Hough wrote on Facebook.

“I am absolutely stunned,” Howie Mandel tweeted. “Not only did we feel authenticity in what Kodi did, his talent is also incredible.”

 

“I gave #KodiLee my Golden Buzzer but his family fought for the information, resources & opportunities to make his dreams come true,” Gabrielle Union wrote on Twitter.

“Everyone deserves the chance to shine, let’s work to make that a reality.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself. Look for Kodi Lee and all the amazing talent this season is sure to bring on “AGT” every Tuesday at 8/7c on NBC.

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Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.
Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.

Sarah's experience as a successful working stay-at-home mom and business owner has given her the chance to write and research often. She stays up to date on the latest in entertainment and offers her views on celebrity stories based on her wide knowledge of the industry. Her success as a former preschool teacher and licensed daycare provider lend to her know-how on topics relating to parenting and childhood education.

Her thoughts on faith and family issues stem from home life and ministry work. Sarah takes time to attend workshops and classes annually that help her to improve and hone her writing craft. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature program and her writing has been acclaimed by ACFW and ECPA.
Education
Institute of Children's Literature, Art Institute of Phoenix (Advertising), University of California Irvine (Theater), Snow College (Early Childhood Education)
Location
Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Entertainment, Faith




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