In 2019, blind singer Paul Kapeleris took the stage of Australia’s Got Talent and blew the judges away with his voice. One judge was so impressed by his audition, she hit the Golden Buzzer for him.
The 22-year-old’s powerful performance also brought judge Nicole Scherzinger to tears. Check it out below, and read on to find out what the judges had to say about his audition.
Paul Kapeleris Auditions For ‘Australia’s Got Talent’
Paul’s mom escorted him onto the stage, where he sat at the piano and talked to the judges before his performance. He explained that he has a rare condition which has left him with only five percent vision. Paul added that it’s gotten “progressively worse” throughout his life.
“I want Australia to see what I can do and what I’m capable of,” Paul said before performing. “I just think it’s the right time.” Australia’s Got Talent judge Nicole Scherzinger told him, “This is your time, so take it.”
Paul went on to sing “Rise Up” by Andra Day while playing the piano. The audience cheered him on as he performed, and the judges were brought to tears by the performance. They gave him a standing ovation when he was done singing.
What Did The Judges Think Of Paul’s Performance?
“I’m crying my face off right now!” Nicole told Paul. “You have such a beautiful gift … You are the reason why I flew here. I mean, this is the reason why I came.”
Lucy Durack, meanwhile, told Paul that he sings “with such honesty and heart.” She then teased that she was going to hit the Golden Buzzer for him. Paul’s mom came out on stage to celebrate with him as the confetti rained down.
“I didn’t know I got a standing ovation until afterwards, but it was very much what I could feel and hear,” Paul said in an interview. “I could hear the applause, the cheering, I could feel the vibration on the stage …. It was a wall of noise, and it made me feel really warm and fuzzy inside to know that I affected people that way.”
Paul went straight to the Australia’s Got Talent semifinals, but unfortunately didn’t make it to the final. You can follow Paul’s YouTube account, where he posts covers of popular songs.