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Archie Williams Auditions for 'America's Got Talent' After Being Wrongly Incarcerated for 37 Years

Saturday, May 23, 2020


Archie Williams got to fulfill a lifelong dream to audition on the America's Got Talent stage after being released from prison for a crime he did not commit almost 37 years ago.


Archie Williams auditions for America's Got Talent singing "Don't Let The Sun Come Down On Me" by Elton John and George Michael

59-year-old Williams was wrongly accused for the raping and stabbing of a woman in 1982. He was released from prison after The Innocence Project took on his case and used DNA evidence to prove that Archie did not commit the crime in 2019.


“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,” Archie said in his interview.
“Freedom is of the mind, I went to prison but I never let my mind go to prison,” he added.


Archie sang the song “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me” by Elton John and the late, George Michael. His rendition quickly won over the audience and all the judges.


Simon Cowell tweeted out the audition video and wrote, “This is Archie Williams. I will never forget this audition for the rest of my life. And I’ll never listen to this song in the same way ever again.”



Judge Sofia Vergara said, “even though you did 37 years, that is 37 years they didn’t break you.”


Watch Archie's powerful AGT audition performance here:



Don't forget to watch the America’s Got Talent premiere on Tuesday, May 26!


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