Chayce Beckham Reveals Shocking ‘American Idol’ Finale Moment: ‘I’ve Never Said This To Anybody’

Chayce Beckham is still riding high from his crowning moment on American Idol.  He recently made the cross-country journey from…


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June 14, 2021


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Chayce Beckham; Photo Courtesy Bobby Bones Show

Chayce Beckham is still riding high from his crowning moment on American Idol

He recently made the cross-country journey from his hometown of Apple Valley, Calif. to visit his soon-to-be home of Music City. While in town searching for a place to live, Beckham stopped by The Bobby Bones Show to chat about life after Idol and perform his breakout single, “23.” 

When reuniting with American Idol mentor, Bobby Bones, Beckham reminisced on his life-changing journey and revealed a secret he’s been keeping since the finale. 

“Here’s something about the moment that they called my name,” he shared. “A lot of people have asked me, they’re like, ‘well you didn’t seem surprised.’ I’ve never said this to anybody, but this is actually what happened. That card is huge and Ryan was right next to me. I saw my name on the card. Ryan is standing there and he’s like, ‘and the winner is…’”

Bones couldn’t help but laugh as Beckham continued, “My name was massive across this giant gold card. I saw it like maybe 10 seconds before he called my name.”

The rising star admitted he used the time to prepare himself to gather his thoughts while getting ready to take the stage to perform “23.” 

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Since it’s release, “23,” has resonated with fans everywhere. It even topped the iTunes charts for several days. Beckham told Bones he’s still surprised by the way fans are connecting to the song. 

“It was a song for me that it was talking about me dealing with a lot of my personal issues in life and kind of just telling a piece of my life. Not my whole life story, but just kind of a piece of it. It was just cool to watch how many people connect on that song on just different levels. For me, it was talking about trying to ease up on drinking and get my life together,” he explained. 

“I see videos of people and they’re partying and drinking and they’re singing ’23’ and they’re having a good time and I’m like, ‘hey dude, if that’s what it is to you, then that’s what it is to you. That’s cool. Who am I to you to tell you that  you have to listen to the song in a different way?,” Beckham went on to say. “But then there’s also tons of people who are like, ‘man that song really gets me, you know what I mean?’ I love that it’s acceptable in that many different areas.” 

Beckham also performed “23” during his appearance on the nationally-syndicated morning show. Click below to watch. 

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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.