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Elton John ‘moved to tears’ after wrongfully imprisoned contestant sang one of his songs on AGT

Elton John revealed he was overcome by emotion after seeing a moving performance of his song Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me on America’s Got Talent.

The 73-year-old rock legend tweeted Sunday that he was ‘moved to tears’ by Archie Williams’ performance of the song.

Just before the performance, Williams revealed that he had been wrongfully imprisoned for 36 years and was only released after DNA evidence cleared his name.

Soul stirring: Elton John tweeted Tuesday that he was ‘moved to tears’ after seeing a performance of his song Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me by wrongfully convicted singer Archie Williams on America’s Got Talent; shown in May 2019

‘I was moved to tears when I heard Archie’s story and saw him perform “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down on Me,”‘ John tweeted. 

‘The courage and forgiveness shown by him is truly inspiring. The same spirit that the world found so inspiring with Nelson Mandela.’

He quoted another tweet from the AGT account featuring Williams’ full performance of Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me, which was a top 10 hit for John when it appeared on his 1974 album Caribou.

The song was even more successful and hit number one on the charts when he revived it in 1991 as a duet with George Michael.

Emotional moment: 'I was moved to tears when I heard Archie’s story and saw him perform "Don’t Let The Sun Go Down on Me,"' John tweeted

Emotional moment: ‘I was moved to tears when I heard Archie’s story and saw him perform “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down on Me,”‘ John tweeted

Inspiring: 'The courage and forgiveness shown by him is truly inspiring. The same spirit that the world found so inspiring with Nelson Mandela,' he continued

Inspiring: ‘The courage and forgiveness shown by him is truly inspiring. The same spirit that the world found so inspiring with Nelson Mandela,’ he continued

Miscarriage of justice: Williams revealed he was convicted and sentenced to life without parole despite no fingerprint evidence and three witness placing him at home

Miscarriage of justice: Williams revealed he was convicted and sentenced to life without parole despite no fingerprint evidence and three witness placing him at home

Free at last: He was released after 36 years behind bars after the Innocence Project unearthed DNA evidence proving his innocence

Free at last: He was released after 36 years behind bars after the Innocence Project unearthed DNA evidence proving his innocence

Simon Cowell was similarly stunned by Archie’s performance, and he got the full impact from the front row.

‘This is Archie Williams. I will never forget this audition for the rest of my life. And I’ll never listen to this song in the same way ever again,’ he wrote in a preview for the AGT episode.

In the final clip, Williams pauses for several seconds after Cowell invites him to share his story with the crowd, before revealing that he was imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit.

Heartbreaking: 'I knew I was innocent. I didn’t commit a crime but being a poor black kid, I didn’t have the ability to fight the state of Louisiana,' Williams said

Heartbreaking: ‘I knew I was innocent. I didn’t commit a crime but being a poor black kid, I didn’t have the ability to fight the state of Louisiana,’ Williams said

Can't blame them: His performance left the judges in tears

Can’t blame them: His performance left the judges in tears

He later delved into his story in more depth with host Terry Crews.

‘I knew I was innocent. I didn’t commit a crime but being a poor black kid, I didn’t have the ability to fight the state of Louisiana,’ he said.

Williams was accused at the age of 22 of raping and stabbing a white woman in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

She survived and identified him as the culprit multiple times, despite him being asleep at home at the time of the attack

Williams said that despite having no fingerprints at the crime scene, and three different people testifying that he was home when the crime was committed, he was convicted of attempted murder, aggravated rape and aggravated burglary and sentenced to life without the option of parole. 

He told Crews: ‘Freedom is of the mind. I went to prison but I never let my mind go to prison.’

Free soul: 'Freedom is of the mind. I went to prison but I never let my mind go to prison,' he told host Terry Crews

Free soul: ‘Freedom is of the mind. I went to prison but I never let my mind go to prison,’ he told host Terry Crews

Doing his best: Part of keeping his mind free involved singing and keeping his voice in shape while behind bars at Angola State Penitentiary in Louisiana

Doing his best: Part of keeping his mind free involved singing and keeping his voice in shape while behind bars at Angola State Penitentiary in Louisiana

Part of keeping his mind free involved singing and keeping his voice in shape while behind bars at Angola State Penitentiary in Louisiana.

He said he had always dreamed of auditioning for AGT, and he got that opportunity only months after he was freed thanks to the work of the Innocence Project, which helped unearth DNA proving his innocence.

The organization, which works to free the wrongfully convicted, began working on his case all the way back in the 1990s, but he was only freed last year. 

Simon was full of the most praise, noting that Archie had a ‘really good voice.’

‘I will never ever listen to the song in the same way after you. It took on a whole different meaning for me… this is an audition I would never forget for the rest of my life,’ he added. 

A triumph: 'I will never ever listen to the song in the same way after you. It took on a whole different meaning for me… this is an audition I would never forget for the rest of my life,' Cowell said of the performance

A triumph: ‘I will never ever listen to the song in the same way after you. It took on a whole different meaning for me… this is an audition I would never forget for the rest of my life,’ Cowell said of the performance

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