The stunning audition of an America’s Got Talent contestant who died in a sudden car crash.
The world got the chance to hear America’s Got Talent contestant Dr Brandon Rogers sing one last time on Tuesday night.
Rogers, a family medicine doctor, died in a car accident last month – before his recorded audition could air.
“On June 11 one of our contestants, Brandon Rogers, tragically passed away in a car accident,” an onscreen message read. “At the request of his family, we would like to honour his memory by sharing his audition with you.”
Rogers was seen phoning his mother before his audition, saying he was feeling nervous.
Before his audition, he told host Tyra Banks that he was inspired to become a doctor when he came home from school at the age of six and found his mother lying in a pool of blood.
Rogers blew the crowd away with a passionate rendition of Steven Wonder’s ‘Ribbon In The Sky’.
He received a standing ovation from judges Heidi Klum, Mel B, Howie Mandel and Simon Cowell, who said his vocal was “stunning”.
Rogers was thrilled to receive four yeses.
The episode closed with a final note of gratitude to Rogers in an onscreen message:
“Thank you for sharing your talent.”
The 29-year-old doctor was sitting in the front passenger seat of a car when it crashed in Maryland on an early Saturday morning. It was reported that his friend, who was driving, fell asleep at the wheel. Rogers was taken to the hospital, where he died the next day.
Rogers was reportedly invited to audition for the show after producers spotted on Instagram a video he had posted covering a Boyz II Men song.
Brandon had previously performed on stage with the group after they saw him singing their hit ‘On Bended Knee’ on Instagram.
They posted their condolences on their Facebook page shortly after learning about the young singing doctor’s tragic death and paid their tribute to their fan.
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