Arthur Gunn Stuns with His ‘Own Version’ of Creedence Clearwater Revival Hit on ‘American Idol’ American Idol returned on Monday (March 23) for the second consecutive two-hour special as contestants continued to compete in Hollywood…


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March 23, 2020

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‘American Idol’ Contestant Arthur Gunn; Photo by Eric McCandless/ABC

American Idol returned on Monday (March 23) for the second consecutive two-hour special as contestants continued to compete in Hollywood Week to try to secure a spot in the Top 40. The aspiring singers battled it out during solo rounds in hopes to advance to the next round.

Arthur Gunn continued to impress the Idol judges with his “own version” of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Have You Ever Seen The Sun.”

Despite their best efforts, the house band didn’t have enough time to learn Gunn’s version of the hit song, so he opted to perform with just an acoustic guitar.

His performance was so moving that it made Lionel Richie cry and also earned him a standing ovation from all of the judges including Richie, Luke Bryan and Katy Perry.

“That makes me cry,” Richie commented.

After his performance aired, Bryan Tweeted, “@ArthurGunn122 has us on our feet and @LionelRichie crying. A risk worth taking my friend.”

@ArthurGunn122 took a huge gamble and got a huge payoff… @lionelrichie in tears!” Perry tweeted.

It’s no surprise that Gunn received a standing ovation as he has previously wow’ed the judges.

Arthur Gunn (whose real name is Dibesh Pokharel) was originally born in Kathmandu, Nepal. He auditioned for American Idol in Wichita, Kansas, which has been his home for the last five years.

American Idol returns on Sunday (March 29) at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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Andrew Wendowski is the Founder and CEO of Music Mayhem. As a self-taught entrepreneur, he oversees content as the Editor-In-Chief for the independent brand. Wendowski, who splits time between Philadelphia, Penn., and Nashville, Tenn., has an extensive background in multimedia. Before launching Music Mayhem in 2014, he worked as a highly sought-after photojournalist and tour photographer, collaborating with such labels as Interscope Records and Republic Records. He has captured photos of some of the biggest names, including Taylor Swift, Metallica, Harry Styles, P!NK, Morgan Wallen, Carrie Underwood, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Shania Twain, and hundreds more. Wendowski’s photos and freelance work have appeared nationwide and can be seen everywhere from ad campaigns to various publications, including Billboard and Rolling Stone. When Wendowski isn’t running Music Mayhem, he enjoys spending time at concerts, traveling, and capturing photos.