America’s Got Talent specializes in feel-good stories that depict the triumph of the human spirit. The contestants’ stories are sometimes even more impressive than their talent.
Ben Waites’ audition certainly didn’t leave a dry eye in the room. Ben rolls on stage in his wheelchair because he is paralyzed.
Ben tells the judges that he is a gospel singer and vocal coach. He chose to sing Cyndi Lauper’s hit “True Colors.” Simon Cowell asks: “Why this song? ”
Ben explains his reasoning to Simon, saying, “I believe this song speaks to everyone, regardless of background, race, religion, age. I think it just sends a message of hope.
Heidi asks, “Did you bring someone special here with you today?” He says he brought his wife, mother and grandmother. Simon asks, “Do the people you train know you auditioned? Ben replies, “No, because when I’m with them, it’s all about them.” Heidi responds, “And now it’s all about you!” Good luck.’
Ben performs the song with excellence and pure emotion. He sings, “I see your true colors showing. I see your true colors, and that’s why I love you. So don’t be afraid to show them off. Your true colors, true colors are beautiful like a rainbow.
At the end, Judge Sofia starts crying. All the judges and the public give him a standing ovation. Ben’s audition is a memorable and touching moment on “AGT.”