Watch blind autistic singer Kodi Lee win AGT after emotional Leona Lewis duet

19 September 2019, 12:06 | Updated: 19 September 2019, 15:56

By Tom Eames

Kodi Lee has wowed audiences around the world with his incredible performances, and he's now been crowned the winner of America's Got Talent.

The 22-year-old singer and pianist was named the winner of the 2019 series last night (September 18).

For the final, Kodi teamed up with Leona Lewis for a duet of her track 'You Are the Reason', a song she previously recorded with Calum Scott. Watch a clip of the performance above.

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Kodi was born with optic nerve hypoplasia, a visual disorder, and had to undergo life-saving surgery aged just five.

He was later diagnosed with autism, but he has still continued his dream of becoming a successful musician.

Kodi became an overnight star from his first audition, when he sang Leon Russell's 'A Song For You'. Judge Gabrielle Union was so impressed that she named him her golden buzzer act.


For the quarterfinals, Paul Simon gave Kodi special permission to sing his classic 'Bridge Over Troubled Water'.

"You are genuinely one of most extraordinary people and talents we’ve had the great fortune to have on any show we’ve ever made. God bless you," Simon said after his performance.

In the semifinal stage, Kodi received a standing ovation for his version of Calum Scott's 'You Are the Reason', sending him through to the final, where he recently sang a cover of 'Lost Without You' by Freya Ridings.

Kodi has now won $1m prize money and his own Las Vegas show at Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino in November. Congratulations, Kodi!