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15-Year-Old ‘The Voice’ Contestant Shares A Powerful Message About Disability

Jill O'Rourke

Jill O'Rourke

Earlier this year, 15-year-old Dylan Marguccio auditioned for The Voice Australia. Although he didn’t turn any chairs, he shared an inspiring message for other people with disabilities.


Watch Dylan’s performance in the video below, and read on to find out what he had to say about his reasons for auditioning.

Dylan Marguccio Auditions For ‘The Voice Australia’

Before his audition, Dylan shared that he got a karaoke machine when he was 9 years old, and was “so excited” to sing on it. “I love to sing,” he said, “because when I’m stressed and a bit upset, I love to just hop in my room and just sing my lungs out.”

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Dylan explained that he suffers from Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and cannot walk. He uses a wheelchair, but said he “can still do a lot of everyday activities like everyone else does.”

The young singer said he loves The Voice, because “it’s for everybody’s voice.” He performed “I Want You Back” by the Jackson 5 in his blind audition. Unfortunately, none of the coaches turned around for his performance.

The Voice Australia coaches gave Dylan a standing ovation when his performance was over. When he told them about his condition, Delta Goodrem asked what made him want to audition for the show.


Dylan Shares An Inspiring Message

“I just want to show people that anyone with a disability can do anything,” Dylan said, inspiring applause from the audience. Delta even got up from her chair and hopped on stage to give him a hug and a kiss on the cheek.

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Dylan’s audition has over a million views, and people loved it. “He doesn’t need to turn chairs, this bloke is a bigger winner than most people around the world,” wrote one commenter on YouTube.

In an interview after his audition, Dylan said he plans to return to The Voice and try again. “I was sort of nervous, but I really enjoyed performing in front of the coaches,” he said.

Check out Talent Recap’s video above to see even more incredible performances from musicians with disabilities, on shows like Got Talent and American Idol.

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About the Author

Jill O'Rourke
Jill O’Rourke is a contributor at Talent Recap, writing news stories and recaps for shows like ‘AGT,’ ‘The Voice,’ and ‘American Idol.’ She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and Film Studies, and has been writing about pop culture since 2012, with previous bylines at Crushable and A Plus. Jill spends her free time binge-watching sitcoms and daydreaming about life as a hobbit

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