America’s Got Talent kicked off its 14th season on Tuesday night. The new season saw two new judges, a new host, and one emotional audition that is likely to make headlines around the world.
The final act of the night was 22-year-old Kodi Lee, a singer, and pianist from California. Prior to his performance, viewers learned he is blind and autistic. He then performed a beautiful version of performed Donny Hathaway’s ‘A Song For You.’
His rendition saw everyone get teary but none other than judge Julianne Hough.
“Everybody needs a voice and an expression. And I really feel your heart, your passion. Your voice blew all of us away. I just want to see, I heard you, I felt you and it was beautiful,” she said.
Judge Gabrielle Union also was emotional and let Kodi know how special he was in the best way possible.
“I’m a new judge this season, and I’m also a new mom this year,” said Union. “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, the rainbows.”
She added: “And tonight, I’m going to give you something special,” hitting her golden buzzer.
As confetti rained down, Kodi began to cry, signaling his happiness.
Judges Howie Mandel, Julianne Hough, Simon Cowell, and host Terry Crews still have yet to hit their golden buzzer’s this season.
America’s Got Talent airs Tuesdays on NBC in the US and streams on Netflix in the UK.