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Blind singer Kodi Lee wins America’s Got Talent reality show, lands Las Vegas show (photos/video)



Kodi Lee has been crowned the winner of America’s Got Talent.

 Kodi, who is blind and autistic, triumphed in the live final, winning the $1m prize money and his own Las Vegas show at Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino in November.

The 22-year-old saw off competition from Detroit Youth Choir, comedian Ryan Niemiller, dance troupe V Unbeatable and singers Voices Of Service.

Other finalists were opera singer Emanne Beasha, violinist Tyler Butler-Figueroa, singer Benicio Bryant, Ndlovu Youth Choir and dance troupe Light Balance Kids.

For the finale Kodi, who was Gabrielle Union’s Golden Buzzer act, performed You Are The Reason by Calum Scott. It was the song he previously performed in the quarterfinals. To make his finale performance extra special he was joined by Leona Lewis, no stranger to singing competitions having won The X Factor in 2006.

The California native was born with optic nerve hypoplasia and survived life-saving surgery when he was just five days old, later being diagnosed with autism aged four.

 His audition went viral and racked up 45 million views on YouTube.