In the video, Shayy explains her condition to the judges. It all started one year ago when she realized she couldn’t see the white board in school as clearly as she used to. So, she told her mom, who took her to see several doctors.
As it turns out, Shayy had a brain tumor and needed emergency surgery, which ended up taking her sight. However, that hasn’t stopped her from pursuing a dream of becoming a professional singer.
For her audition, Shayy sings a cover of Andra Day’s “Rise Up,” and it turns Richie into a blubbering mess.
After her performance, he gives her a big hug and says, “You have wrecked me. Thank you for that…you’re a lesson to us all, OK? Because it’s the power of the spirit, and you’re the reminder of just how blessed we are.”
Damn, is someone cutting onions?