America's Got Talent's Season 15 premiere was one for the ages. The premiere featured everything from Sofia Vergara's exciting debut as a judge to a thrilling performance from the Pork Chop Revue. But, one of the more emotional moments of the night came courtesy of Archie Williams, an African-American man who had been wrongfully imprisoned for over three decades. In the episode, Williams not only opened up about his story, but he also gave a lovely performance of Elton John's "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me." And it's safe to say that he's already become a favorite amongst the show's fans.
During the episode, Williams explained that he had been accused of raping and stabbing a white woman in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. At the time of the incident, Williams, who had no connection to the crime scene, was asleep at his home. But, the woman repeatedly ID'd him as the perpetrator of the crime. He was later sentenced to life in prison without parole in 1983. Thankfully, the Innocence Project stepped in to take on his case in the 90s. In 2019, after being exonerated by DNA evidence, Williams was finally released from prison after spending 37 years in jail for a crime he did not commit.
Williams' story, and his performance, touched many individuals, including Elton John, who took to Twitter to praise the singer's performance and his courageous spirit. Of course, John wasn't the only person who took to Twitter to shower some much-deserved love and praise on Williams.
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Wow Archie was amazing hearing his story was amazing 😢😊❤ #AGT— Chanel Cook (@ccookstar1218) May 27, 2020