Blind Singer Earns Golden Buzzer With 'Rise Up' On Australia's Got Talent

Blind Singer Earns Golden Buzzer With 'Rise Up' On Australia's Got Talent

22-year-old blind pianist Paul Kapeleris earned the coveted golden buzzer with his stunning performance of ‘Rise Up’ on Australia’s Got Talent.


Paul won over our hearts before he ever stepped on stage. We learned that this young man suffers from a rare eye disorder called Leber congenital amaurosis. This leaves him with just five percent vision and he is also partially deaf.

But none of this is stopping Paul from living his dream and performing on the big stage of Australia’s Got Talent. Lead by his mother, Paul brought some of the judges to tears with his rendition of ‘Rise Up.’

“You're broken down and tired
Of living life on a merry go round
And you can't find the fighter
But I see it in you so we gonna walk it out
And move mountains
We gonna walk it out
And move mountains”

As he sits at the piano, all of the emotions start to flow. Paul’s big voice came as quite a surprise for the judges and crowd. But as he belted out the words, it was obvious that Paul was a rare talent.

“And I'll rise up
I'll rise like the day
I'll rise up
I'll rise unafraid
I'll rise up
And I'll do it a thousand times again”

After his performance, judge Lucy Durack was moved to press her golden buzzer. But, despite the standing ovation and confetti raining down, Paul had no idea what had just happened.

It wasn’t until his mother ran onto the stage that the young man realized that he would be moving on in the competition. What an incredible moment!