Sunday 21 January 2018

WATCH: America's Got Talent airs 'stunning' audition of Dr Brandon Rogers who died in car crash

Dr Brandon Rogers auditioned on America's Got Talent
Dr Brandon Rogers auditioned on America's Got Talent
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

America's Got Talent aired the 'stunning' audition of Dr Brandon Rogers which was recorded before he died in a car crash.

The 29-year-old singer passed away in the crash in Maryland after his friend, who was driving, fell asleep at the wheel.

He had been invited to audition for the show after producers spotted videos of him performing online.

And on Tuesday the show aired, with cards explaining the situation to viewers.

"On June 11th one of our contestants, Brandon Rogers, tragically passed away in a car accident," they said.

"At the request of his family we would like to honor his memory by sharing his audition with you."

Rogers was seen calling his mother before his audition.  He said 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.

He sang Ribbon in the Sky by Stevie Wonder and 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 three yeses. 

Another card read, "Brandon Rogers, October 30, 1987 - June 11, 2017. Thank you for sharing your talent."

Brandon had previously performed on stage with his idols Boyz II Men after they saw him singing their hit On Bended Knee on Instagram.

"A few months back we brought this young man out to the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas to perform with us. He was great all 3 nights! Just a genuinely nice person and a really good singer! Gone too young and gone too soon. It hurts to know that the world will never have a chance to witness what his impact on the world could have been as a Doctor and even on the music world. A great spirit and a great voice.

"Even for the little time we knew you you will be sorely missed. May God Bless, keep and comfort your family in this difficult time."

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