Just when we thought The Voice couldn’t deliver any more feels we met 16-year-old Adam Ladell and were proved wrong.
Speaking to the camera before going onstage, the Victorian teen shared that he suffers from Tourette Syndrome, saying he was worried “that people might laugh at me.”
Remarkably, singing is the one thing that can control his Tourette’s.
The syndrome, which is a neurological disorder, is characterised by involuntary physical and vocal movements known as tics. Sufferers are often subject to vocal outbursts they cannot control, and historically have been ridiculed in popular culture.
"I want to be seen as a person who is just the same as everybody else," Ladell said before singing. "Thinks the same, acts the same, just has a disability."
Within seconds of starting his performance of Coldplay's Trouble, the teen had the crowd screaming and all five judges hearing the unbridled talent in his voice.
Ronan Keating was the first to turn, with the other four judges all joining him shortly thereafter.
Ladell's disability completely aside, it's rare to see all five judges really pitch themselves to a contestant and plead their cases as to why they're the right coach. But that's exactly what happened for Ladell.