‘AGT: Fantasy League’s Simon Cowell Stayed Up Until Midnight to Get Clearance for Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: On “America’s Got Talent: Fantasy League,” the Sainted Trap Choir won the Golden Buzzer and advanced to the semifinals. Even though Simon Cowell had to pull a few strings to get his act and perform the famous “Purple Rain,” this was the group that made sure their mentor’s efforts weren’t in vain.

“AGT: Fantasy League” featured a musical performance like no other, as the Sainted Trap Choir returned to the Got Talent stage with Simon’s Dream Team. The ensemble combines gospel and secular music to create a unique blend of vocals and live performances.

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IT WAS A MOMENT! Congratulations on #AGT #GoldenBuzzer Sainted!🎉 #PurpleRain40pic.twitter.com/Gk7sWup7P6

— Terry Crews (@terrycrews) January 23, 2024


With Simon’s help, the group performed Prince’s “Purple Rain,” which required some hard work from their Dream Team mentor. With Prince insignia on stage, the group of more than 25 people, all dressed in white, performed a slowed-down, gospel-style version of the classic song.

Even years after his death, Prince’s “Purple Rain” is still considered a legendary song by devoted fans and casual listeners alike. As with many great pieces of music, it can be difficult to legally approve songs for use on sites like “AGT: Fantasy League.”

Yet, as a member of Simon’s Dream Team, some obstacles are easier to overcome than others. “We have to give you the best song in the world, and it has to be ‘Purple Rain,'” the judge said before Sainted’s performance.

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“We have to have two songs ready in case it’s not clear,” the band’s Dennis Reed Jr. said.

The day before their performance on “AGT: Fantasy League,” they still had no idea what song they were going to perform. Howie Mandel claims Simon worked until midnight to get legal approval for the song.

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Fortunately, thanks to the hard work of their mentor, Sainted learned on the day of the concert that Prince’s estate had agreed to allow them to perform the famous song. Cheers erupted when they found out they had been given their first choice of song.

Singing “Purple Rain” today seems fitting given that the film and record of the same name will celebrate their 40th anniversary in 2024.

Sainted Trap Choir performed
Sainted Trap Choir performed “Purple Rain” on “America’s Got Talent: Fantasy League” (TraePatton/NBC)

Sainted Trap Choir gets last place in ‘AGT: Fantasy League’ with their mentor’s Golden Buzzer

A soloist sang the high notes, opening his mouth to Simon, and not just out of team spirit. Once the song was finished, the judges and audience gave a standing ovation, and Sainted once again established himself as one of the best to ever perform on the Got Talent stage.

Howie was blown away. “We’ve always asked the people on this show to step it up, and you’ve just stepped it up beyond that,” he said, standing up again in amazement.

Mel B declared them “awesome”, while Simon corrected the group: “You said it was going to be good, and it wasn’t. It was incredible.”

He said he would never forget the experience and hoped it would improve their lives. He then pressed the Golden Buzzer to not only advance them to the semifinals of “AGT: Fantasy League,” but also to secure their spot on his Dream Team.

“Now that we have the Golden Buzzer, we want to win it all,” they said.

'America's Got Talent' Season 18: SAINTED Trap Choir a group of twenty singers (@saintedtrapchoir/Instagram)
‘America’s Got Talent: SAINTED Trap Choir of Fantasy League (@saintedtrapchoir/Instagram)

Did the Sainted Trap Choir win “AGT”?

Sainted Trap Choir has previously performed on “America’s Got Talent.” The quartet advanced to the semifinals of “AGT” Season 18 last year, receiving praise from the judges, including Sofía Vergara, for their first “AGT” audition.

The trap choir, which debuted in 2020, advanced to the season finale and has continued to perform together since then. They expressed their excitement to return to the stage in “AGT: Fantasy League” for another chance at greatness and win the title for their Dream Team.

'AGT' Fans Don't Understand Sainted Trap Choir (Trae Patton/NBC)
Group ‘AGT’ Sainted Trap Choir (Trae Patton/NBC)

Where did AGT’s Sainted Trap Choir come from?

The group is from Charlotte, North Carolina, and was founded in 2020. They feature a distinctive blend of gospel and trap, a type of hip-hop.

Their captain, Dennis Reed Jr., previously led Inspire The Fire during season 7.

Trap choir group 'AGT' season 18, Sainted (Instagram/saintedtrapchoir)
Trap choir group ‘AGT’ season 18, Sainted (Instagram/@saintedtrapchoir)

Every Monday at 8/7c, NBC and NBC.com will air two-hour episodes of “America’s Got Talent: Fantasy League.” New episodes will be available to stream on Peacock the following day.

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