A young boy named Calum Courtney is an average boy who has something exceptional about him: high-functioning autism and an unbelievable singing voice. Calum is an amazing singer and entertainer and when he appeared on the popular TV talent show "Britain's Got Talent," his performance left the judges in awe. The song Calum chose to perform was a song by The Jackson 5 called "Who's Loving You." When Calum entered the stage, he was very polite and had excellent manners. Furthermore, he answered all of the questions in a thoughtful way.
In the back behind the stage, you could see Calum's parents and family cheering for him. When the judges asked him if he was nervous, Calum said very simply, "No." That's probably actually true, believe it or not. Many people with autism have a blunted awareness of what other people may be thinking of them, which insulates them somewhat from things like nervousness and being self-conscious in front of other people who aren't on the spectrum. When Calum started singing, he sang his little heart out.
Once Calum's performance was over, the audience and the judges gave him a standing ovation and thundering applause. Even notoriously grump judge Simon Cowell was on his feet and gave Calum a giant thumbs-up to encourage him. One of the judges even commented on Calum's choice of song, saying, "What a big song for such a little guy, you did brilliantly." That same judge added that Calum should be very proud of himself. When Calum heard that comment, he became emotional and started crying.
When Calum's little brother from backstage saw his big bro was crying, he ran onstage and started hugging Calum. Simon Cowell was very impressed with Calum, and told him, "Calum, you've got soul. You've got a very authentic voice. You've got a great tone to your voice," adding that he was impressed with how well Calum controlled the song. Simon added that he really likes Calum, who got four yeses from the judges that day. Watch this amazing video below.