Vive la différence!

It’s that time of year again – time to admit that I watch America’s Got Talent faithfully all summer long.  When I am traveling or unable to watch it live I DVR it.  I don’t want to miss a single zany, heart-touching moment.

I have been catching up on my America’s Got Talent episodes after being in Maryland last week.  Now that I am caught up on the episodes I can join in the chorus of amazement at the talent of the quiet 19 year old makeup artist that sports a gothic look – Andrew De Leon.

Andrew’s story is this – he never sang in front of anyone (including his parents) before he auditioned for America’s Got Talent.  Honestly, I expected a train wreck when they started showing the clip about him.  I started to  prepare myself to be irritated that the show might make this quiet kid (who already seems to have lived a fairly isolated life as a self-identified outsider) feel like he wasn’t good enough.  When Andrew arrived on stage it was clear he was nervous.  I was nervous too – for Andrew.

After a brief discussion with Howard Stern, Andrew began to sing.  Almost immediately jaws dropped.  You see, Andrew sings opera. He is, in a word – amazing.

If you have ever been told you are not good enough and made to feel like you don’t belong – well, I have a hero for you.  Meet Andrew De Leon and recognize that freedom of expression in the way we look or think is what creates a dynamic society.   Watch Andrew’s audition – I promise you, it will move you.

This is why I watch America’s Got Talent faithfully.  The show is an avenue for folks like Andrew to rise beyond the cookie cutter expectations society may place on them; and, a reminder to the rest of us to applaud and embrace difference for the wonderful gifts it offers.

Vive la différence Andrew! ;-)

Day one thousand and seventy-four of the new forty – obla di obla da

Ms. C

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I teach at NDSU...but I remain a student of life with all the enthusiasm that entails. My favorite saying is, "Sometimes you have to take the leap and build your wings on the way down." In the new forty that is what I am doing...building my wings.
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One Response to Vive la différence!

  1. Barbara says:

    I hadn’t seen any of this before–WOW! WOW! Andrew not only is an amazing talent–he seems like such a gentle soul. I really should have been cautioned to have a lot of kleenex handy.

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