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Simon Cowell praises ‘unforgettable’ AGT singer who has been imprisoned for 37 years

AGT SPOILER: Simon Cowell praises ‘unforgettable’ singer who was imprisoned for 37 years after being stunned with an incredible audition

  • America’s Got Talent 2020 begins on May 26 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. The show is broadcast on Netflix in the UK

Simon Cowell has glimpsed the long-awaited new series of America’s Got Talent, with one of the most inspiring auditions yet.

The judge tweeted a clip of singer Archie Williams, who was imprisoned for 37 years after a woman was stabbed and raped in her house in 1982.

For his audition, Archie promises the hit of George Michael and Elton John Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me, tearing up the entire judging panel.

Stunning: Simon Cowell, 60, has glimpsed the long-awaited new series of America's Got Talent, with one of the most inspiring auditions yet

Stunning: Simon Cowell, 60, has glimpsed the highly anticipated new series of America’s Got Talent, with one of the show’s most inspiring auditions yet

Simon posted the preview with the caption, “This is Archie Williams. I will never forget this audition for the rest of my life. And I will never listen to this song the same way again. ‘

In the extended preview, Archie takes the stage for his audition for judges Simon, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Sofía Vergara.

In a conversation with Terry Crews, he explains that he has been imprisoned for more than three decades for a crime he did not commit.

Moving: The judge tweeted a clip of singer Archie Williams, who was wrongfully imprisoned for 37 years after a woman was stabbed and raped in her home in 1982

Moving: The judge tweeted a clip of singer Archie Williams, who was wrongfully imprisoned for 37 years after a woman was stabbed and raped in her home in 1982

Moving: The judge tweeted a clip of singer Archie Williams, who was wrongfully imprisoned for 37 years after a woman was stabbed and raped in her home in 1982

He said, “I knew I was innocent, I didn’t commit a crime, but because I was a poor black boy, I couldn’t fight the state of Louisiana.”

Archie said that despite not having fingerprints at the crime scene, and three different people who testify that he was at home at the time of the murder, he was sentenced to life in prison.

He told Terry, “Freedom is of the mind, I went to prison, but I never let my mind go to prison.”

Difficult: The Louisiana resident said he would sing and pray to keep his mind behind bars at the Angola State Penitentiary and always dreamed of auditioning for the show

Difficult: The Louisiana resident said he would sing and pray to keep his mind behind bars at the Angola State Penitentiary and always dreamed of auditioning for the show

Difficult: The Louisiana resident said he would sing and pray to keep his mind behind bars at the Angola State Penitentiary and always dreamed of auditioning for the show

Emotional: Before his audition, Archie pulls out the George Michael and Elton John hit Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me, tearing up the entire jury panel

Emotional: Before his audition, Archie takes out the George Michael and Elton John hit Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me, tearing up the entire jury panel

Emotional: Before his audition, Archie pulls out the George Michael and Elton John hit Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me, tearing up the entire jury panel

Archie said he would sing and pray to keep his mind behind bars of the Angola State Penitentiary and always dreamed of auditioning for the show.

Thanks to DNA evidence and The Innocence project, Archie was finally released in March 2019, and just months later, he was finally able to audition for the show.

After moving the judges on with his story, Archie shared his rendition of the George Michael classic and the whole audience fell into tears.

Wow! Simon was full of praise and said he will 'never listen to the song the same way' after Archie's audition

Wow! Simon was full of praise and said he will 'never listen to the song the same way' after Archie's audition

Wow! Simon was full of praise and said he will ‘never listen to the song the same way’ after Archie’s audition

Simon was full of praise and noted that Archie had a “really good voice.”

“I’ll never listen to the song the same way after you. It took on a whole different meaning to me … this is an audition I would never forget for the rest of my life, ‘he added.

The judges unanimously voted to forward Archie to the next round, receiving a delighted response from his loved ones.

America’s Got Talent 2020 begins on May 26 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. The show is broadcast on Netflix in the UK.

Coming Soon: America's Got Talent 2020 kicks off May 26 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. The show is broadcast on Netflix in the UK

Coming Soon: America's Got Talent 2020 kicks off May 26 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. The show is broadcast on Netflix in the UK

Coming Soon: America’s Got Talent 2020 kicks off May 26 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. The show is broadcast on Netflix in the UK

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