I’m 100% crying and I don’t even care.
Standing next to Simon Cowell was Harvey’s interpreter Sarah, and as she introduced herself the judges realized that Harvey was in fact deaf.
Harvey, 29, explained that she lost all of her hearing at the age of 18. “I have a connective tissue disorder, so basically I got sick and my nerves deteriorated,” she told the judges.
While she started singing at a young age, she quit music after she lost her hearing. However Harvey returned to music after figuring out how to sing using muscle memory and visual tuners.
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As Harvey sang, the judges and audience were clearly moved, and she barely made it 10 seconds into performing when the audience began to applaud. And before Harvey even finished her song, she was met with a standing ovation from the entire crowd.