Like a bridge over troubled water, “America’s Got Talent” contestant Kodi Lee will ease your mind with his rendition of Simon & Garfunkel’s classic ballad from Tuesday’s episode of NBC competition series, which kicked off the first quarterfinal round.
Lee, who received this season’s very first golden buzzer and the first-ever golden buzzer handed out by new judge Gabrielle Union, performed a stirring rendition of “Bridge Over Troubled Water” in his first return to “AGT” since he knocked his audition out of the park.
Both blind and autistic, the singer and piano player received immense praise from the judges for each of his performances out of the respect they have for what he’s accomplished and the talent he possesses.
In the clip above, you can see his performance from Tuesday’s episode, which ended with judges Union, Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel and Julianne Hough rising to their feet to give him a standing ovation.
During the broadcast, Cowell revealed that song-writer Paul Simon had given the all-clear for Lee to perform “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” because he saw his “AGT” audition video, which now has over 42 million views on YouTube.
“I want to thank Paul Simon, who never really gives permission for anyone to sing [‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’] because it’s very precious to him, and he gave [Lee] clearance within 30 minutes,” Cowell said.
“America’s Got Talent” airs Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 8/7c on NBC.