South Africans and fans of the Ndlovu Youth Choir held their breath as the 14th winner of America’s Got Talent was announced on Thursday morning

Sadly, the choir’s journey on AGT came to an end when Californian musician and singer, Kodi Lee was handed the crown, but the choir says it’s still looking at a bright future ahead. They may not have won the competition, but they certainly won our hearts, and the hearts of thousands around the world who are rooting for them all the way!

In a social media post, the choir said it’s ready to take on the world, and continue sharing its message of hope.

“Our @AGT journey may have come to an end but this is only the beginning. We are so excited for what lies ahead, and we look forward to continuing sharing love, unity and above all hope.”

The Ndlovu Youth Choir is originally from Limpopo, and made waves across the world with an outstanding first performance on America’s Got Talent, when it earned a ‘Yes’ from all the judges.

Many of the choir members are orphans who have to look after their siblings because their parents have passed away. Joining the choir has given them a ‘sense of belonging’ and a dream to show themselves and the world that ‘anything is possible’!

Besides a standing ovation from the audience after their goose-bump inducing performance of Vicky Sampson’s My AfriKan Dream, the choir received a massive compliment from Simon Cowell!

“We’ve been waiting for a choir like this… your energy was bouncing off me. A great audition, and very memorable,” he said.

Final performance had judges dancing

During the America’s Got Talent final, the Limpopo choir put a South African spin on Toto’s 1981 classic, Africa. Judges Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough could not stop dancing throughout the performance.

Simon Cowell and Howie Mandel joined Gabrielle and Julianne in giving the choir a standing ovation.

Who is Kodi Lee?

The 22-year-old winner of the 14th America’s Got Talent competition is also an incredibly inspiring performer. Born blind and autistic, his musical talent blew judges away from his very first performance, even receiving a golden buzzer from Gabrielle Union.

Paul Simon gave Lee special permission to sing his 1970 classic Bridge Over Troubled Water in the quarter-finals, and the audience was awestruck.

Kodi Lee earned himself the $1 million cash prize and will soon be performing shows in Las Vegas!

 

 

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