Chayce Beckham returned to the American Idol stage on Sunday evening (May 16) and once again impressed the judges with his undoubted talent. Beckham showcased his star power with a cover of his personal idol, Zac Brown Band.
Prior to his performance, Beckham sat down with guest mentor Finneas, who praised his tone as “earnest” and “believable.”
During the live performance, the Apple Valley, Calif. native added his own unique twist to ZBB’s 2010 hit “Colder Weather,” once again proving he’s one of this season’s top contenders.
Beckham’s “Colder Weather” cover earned compliments from the judges, Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie.
“Oh my God… You were born on American Idol! I knew you when,” Perry gushed. “You live on this stage now, you live here!”
Bryan added, “What you need to realize is you’re here because you’re real and everything that you give us feels real and that can take you so far. Being genuine and authentic, people love that and that’s why you made it to this point.”
Richie’s feedback echoed Perry and Bryan.
“They like you. The point is you earned that, you earned that right because they fell in love with not only your voice but with who you are,” he told Beckham. “That’s the genuine quality of being a star.”
Chayce Beckham was an instant fan favorite when he auditioned. He’s gone on to sing songs such as “Magic” by Coldplay, “July” by Noah Cyrus and “You Should Probably Leave” by Chris Stapleton.
He recently released his personal debut single, “23,” which is an autobiographical tune that finds Beckham opening up about his past struggles with alcohol. He also took the stage during Sunday’s show to deliver the live performance debut of the emotional track.
Fans can vote for Chayce Beckham to advance in the competition by texting 5 to 21523.