‘America’s Got Talent’ Leaks Audition Of Singer Wrongly-Incarcerated For 37 Years [VIDEO]

Mriganka Chawla
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America’s Got Talent Season 15 premiere is almost here! The 2020 edition of the talent show is coming up fast and we all need a distraction during this pandemic. In this leaked audition, we meet Archie Williams. He was sentenced to life in prison for a crime he didn’t commit and after 37 years, DNA tests set him free.

Archie shared his heartbreaking story of being wrongfully incarcerated when a 30-year-old woman was rapped and stabbed in her home. “I knew I was innocent, I didn’t commit a crime but being a poor black kid, i didn’t have the ability to fight the state of Louisiana.

At the trail non of the finger prints matched Archie’s, 3 people testified that he was home but the state wanted somebody to pay. Archie was sentenced to life without the possibility or parole or probation.


“Freedom is of the mind, I went to prison but I never let my mind go to prison,” Archie told Terry Crews. When his mind would go to dark places in prison, Archie would pray and sing.

Archie Watched ‘America’s Got Talent’ In Jail To Keep His Dream Alive

Archie’s solace in prison was AGT and he visualized being on the stage. In the audition clip, he sang an emotional rendition of “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” that had the audience and Heidi Klum in tears.

After the performance Simon said what we all felt in our hearts, “I would never ever listen to the song in the same way after you. It took on a whole different meaning for me.”


Simon also complimented Archie’s voice, repeating a few times how good his voice really was. He added, “this is an audition I would never forget for the rest of my life.”

Season 15 of America’s Got Talent will premiere on Tuesday, May 26, at 8 pm ET/PT on NBC. If you can’t catch it when it airs, the episode will go online on the NBC website the next day.

“We are so proud to present a 15th season of America’s Got Talent this summer,” Simon Cowell said in a statement. “This show represents the best in perseverance, creativity and optimism. At a time when families are unable to go out we really hope the new season will bring some much-needed joy and escape.”

The two-hour premiere will be followed by the season premiere of World of Dance at 10 pm ET/PT.

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Mriganka Chawla is the Managing Editor and occasional host at Talent Recap. She is a skincare junkie with the enthusiasm of a 5 year old that likes to dive deep into the rabbit hole of Reddit. Mriganka is an SEO expert, Penn State Alumna and that feminist girl you don't want to ever date. To relax, she likes to watch murder mysteries and paternity court.

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