After taking his debut single,”23,” to the top of the iTunes country chart, American Idol contestant Chayce Beckham took to the Idol stage for the live debut of the autobiographical tune.
Beckham delivered a solid performance of the song on Sunday evening (May 16), showcasing his raspy country vocals and once again proving he’s a front-runner in the competition.
“Amazing! Oh my God…I love the way you worked some of the production on your original and like I said, just your confidence,” Luke Bryan praised.
“Who have you turned into?” Lionel Richie questioned. “I am telling you something… from beginning to now, it’s a complete transformation. You have stepped into your light to the point where I know exactly who you are.”
“Chayce what number is your song on the country chart? Number one!” Katy Perry exclaimed. “Apple Valley boy, forklift boy, you are a rockstar!”
Beckham released “23” last week. It shot to the No.1 spot on the iTunes country chart immediately.
The song finds Beckham reflecting on a difficult time in his life and his decision to sober up following his struggles with alcohol abuse.
“Now I’m 23 and there ain’t nobody who can drink like me/ Soon I’ll be 24 and the lord knows that/ I can’t drank no more/ I know I shoulda taken it slow/ It’s not the way that my life goes/ Now I know/ When your passed out on the floor/ You’re sober by 24,” he sings on the chorus.
Earlier in the show, Beckham performed a cover of Zac Brown Band’s “Colder Weather.”
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’s now heading to the finale as it was revealed that he earned a spot in the Top 3.
The winner of American Idol will be revealed next week during a three-hour finale.