Shortly after rendition of “You Are The Reason” with Leona Lewis, the blind and autistic 22-year-old singer from Southern California beat out several gifted acts for the top prize during Wednesday night’s finale. He was born “with optic nerve hypoplasia and survived life-saving surgery when he was days old,” according to Metro UK and he was Gabrielle’s golden buzzer pick as well as a show favorite throughout the competition.
He dueted with British hitmaker Leona Lewis on “You Are The Reason” while playing a white Steinway. Leona, who wore a stunning white gown, stood in front of the grand piano as she alternated stanzas with her singing partner. Then, the pair started harmonizing as if they had sung together for years.
During their AGT finale performance, the two singers were flooded in white light. Leona’s long hair glistened almost as much as her sparkly diva dress while Kodi pushed the piano’s pedals with his bright red sneakers.
As their duet ended, the crowd went wild. Kodi came out from behind the white piano and was literally jumping up and down after he and Leona delivered what could probably have been a chart-topping collaboration.
He’ll take home $1 million and a headlining spot at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.