If reality competition shows have taught the world anything, it’s that so much talent can be found in places the entertainment industry doesn’t usually consider. But because of these shows, countless individuals have gotten an opportunity to shine.
During the audition phase of this season’s “Australia’s Got Talent,” 22-year-old Paul Kapeleris took the stage to sing and play the piano. His moving story had everyone’s attention locked on him before he let out a single note, and once he showcased his talent, the judges were left in actual tears.
Paul was born with a condition that left him only 15 percent of his vision. As he grew up, Paul said he tried his best to keep up with his peers. The problem was that when he did what they did, he often ended up “running into a wall” or hurting himself. Eventually, this led him to withdraw from social situations altogether.
Then, at 8 years old, Paul began playing the piano. Despite how difficult it was for him to learn, he eventually memorized all the notes — and discovered a wonderful passion. After all, when he moved his fingers across the keys, he never felt less than for not having all his vision.
By the time he made his way to his audition, his vision had deteriorated to just 5 percent. Of course, he’s not the only pianist who’s blind or visually impaired, but the crowd gave him their full support as he told the judges he just wanted the world to see what he is capable of.
Paul chose to perform “Rise Up” by Andra Day, and before he finished the first verse, he had everyone tearing up. How could he not? His voice easily rivals singers like John Legend and Sam Smith! Of course, with such an incredible talent, Paul received the Golden Buzzer and automatically advanced to the finals.
This amazing musician has certainly accomplished his goal of proving how much he can do — and has inspired so many struggling people in the process! Way to go, Paul!
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