The young physician was already Internet famous when he auditioned for “America’s Got Talent,” impressing the judges of the show. But sadly his journey as an artist was cut short when he lost his life in a car accident.
29-year-old Brandon Rogers was known as “the singing doctor,” and his cover of a Boyz II Men song received much attention online. He even received an invitation to join the band onstage, as People en Español reported.
The attention his undeniable talent received boosted his confidence and convinced him of auditioning for the world famous talent show from NBC. Read more on our Twitter account @amomama_usa
He gave an amazing performance in front of the judges but was killed in a car crash in June 2017, before his audition was aired. It was only after his death that the big public caught a glimpse of Rogers’s artistry.
Even if he didn’t make it to the competition, AGT decided to air Rogers’s audition as a tribute to him, and it was very emotional.
"On June 11th one of our contestants, Brandon Rogers, tragically passed away in a car accident. At the request of his family, we would like to honor his memory by sharing his audition with you."
-America’s Got Talent
, July 2016.
In the posthumous clip, Rogers took the stage and wonderfully sang the beautiful verses of Stevie Wonder’s “Ribbon in the Sky.” By the end of the song, the public and the judges were giving him a standing ovation.
Rogers was visibly overwhelmed by the reception he had, and he bowed to the audience thanking them. He could barely hold his tears witnessing so much admiration for him as he did what he loved.
Judge Heidi Klum acknowledged that there was “something so special” about Rogers’s voice, but what was more impressive was Simon Cowell’s praise for him, as Cowell is known to be a strict judge.
"I've never said this to a doctor before. You're sick. You are one of the best singers we've had in the competition so far," the English producer and talent hunter said. All four judges gave Rogers their vote to take part in the next round.
Televised talent shows are so popular because not only they feature amazing talent from common people, but also because of the live journeys every contestant share with the public.
It is not the first time that we see Cowell surrendering to emotion, touched by the story behind a performance. When Michael Ketterer, a man who had six adoptive children appeared in AGT, Cowell couldn’t hold back the tears.
"As I said, I cannot imagine what you've done, and the fact that you're on this show and you really need this. You're a really, really special guy," Cowell said.
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