Chayce Beckham Advances To ‘American Idol’ Top 24 Following Chris Stapleton Cover

Chayce Beckham showcased his unique vocals with a gritty cover of Chris Stapleton’s “You Should Probably Leave” during American Idol‘s Showstopper…


Lauren Jo Black

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March 28, 2021

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Chayce Beckham showcased his unique vocals with a gritty cover of Chris Stapleton’s “You Should Probably Leave” during American Idol‘s Showstopper round on Sunday evening (March 28). 

Judges Katy Perry and Luke Bryan were on hand to deliver feedback, while Lionel Richie watched his performance from home. 

“There’s been something about you, it’s gritty, it’s real… You sound like a guy that operates heavy machinery. You’re not putting on a show, you’re just Chayce Beckham,” Perry told him before offering a bit of criticism about his performance. 

“Showstoppers was not your finest moment,” she said. “Now was the time to play the Ace.”

Beckham acknowledged that he didn’t deliver his best performance, telling her, “That’s one regret that I have.” 

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The “Never Really Over” singer went on to share her praise for his parents, who encouraged him to join the show. 

“When we first met you, you said your mom was the one who signed you up,” Perry recalled. “It’s amazing that you have parents that can see something inside of you that you can’t see inside of yourself.” 

“I’m lucky, I’m really lucky,” Beckham shared. 

“No, you deserve it,” Perry corrected him. “When you start believing what your parents believe about you, and what we believe about you, is when you are going to do whatever the heck you want.”

His fate on Idol was then revealed.

“You get one more play,” Perry said. 

“Not bad for an old Apple Valley boy, call your mama,” Bryan later added. 

Beckham was overcome with emotions. 

“My heart’s beating out of my chest right now,” he said. “I’m losing it inside right now, guys. I’m sorry.” 

American Idol airs on Sunday and Monday on ABC. 

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.