America’s Got Talent paid tribute to late contestant Brandon Rogers, who died in a car accident after auditioning for the show.


With permission from Rogers’ family, the show aired his magnificent audition that even had judge Mel B singing along. Rogers sang a soulful rendition of Stevie Wonder‘s “Ribbon in the Sky.” Perviously, Rogers was noticed by his favorite band, Boyz II Men, and sang on stage with them on multiple occasions.

Rogers was a doctor of family medicine, he shared in his pre-audition interview, and singing was his passion. “If I could find a way to combine being a doctor and medicine with singing, that would be a dream come true,” he said.

The performance on the show earned him a standing ovation, which brought tears to the singer’s eyes. “You have real control, and passion, and you can be a star,” said judge Howie Mandel after Rogers performed. “You spent so much time going down that medical road, I think it was a waste of time and schooling because you should be a singer,” he joked. “But it’s good to have something to fall back on.”

“Your vocal work is stunning,” Simon Cowell added. “You are one of the best singers we’ve had in the competition so far.” Rogers won invitation to the next round of auditions after receiving four yeses from the judges. His audition was shared on Tuesday’s episode of AGT with a simple, “Thank you for sharing your talent.”

See the moment below.

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