Formerly Blind 16-Year Old Amazes on America’s Got Talent
For the second time this month, a contestant on America's Got Talent has blown us away.
And also for the second time, this contestant has overcome a disability in order to leave his or her memorable impression.
Last week, we shared the video of Mandy Harvey singing for judges, explaining how she hasn't let the fact that she's deaf get in the way of her musical dreams.
On Tuesday night, meanwhile, we met Christian Guardino.
A 16-old from Long Island, Guardino sang a version of The Jackson 5’s “Who’s Lovin You,” earning a Golden Buzzer from Howie Mandel in the process.
This means he earned an automatic advancement to the show's live quarterfinals in Las Vegas later this season.
“You were like a little mouse that turned into a lion," Simon Cowell told Christian, adding;
"You are one of my favorite contestants I’ve seen this year. Not only in terms of your voice. I just like you.
"There’s something about you, and it’s just the best possible feeling when we meet someone like you."
There aren't many people like Christian, however.
Prior to taking the stage, Christian and his mother, Elizabeth, opened up about his journey of being blind for most of his life … before an experimental treatment gave him back his sight.
Pretty incredible, huh?
Guardino was diagnosed with a retinal disease called Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA), based on his September 2016 profile in National Geographic.
But he was actually cured of this blindness after receiving gene therapy treatment and he now can see well enough to read enlarged notes on sheet music.
Guardino has previously performed four times at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York… and now he's off to Sin City!
Watch his audition to learn more about Christian and join us in being blown away by this young and talented man!