Watch Arthur Gunn Perform During the ‘American Idol’ Finale

After securing a spot in American Idol Top 5, Arthur Gunn had two more chances to show off his talent,…


Lauren Jo Black

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May 17, 2020


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Arthur Gunn; Photo Courtesy American Idol

After securing a spot in American Idol Top 5, Arthur Gunn had two more chances to show off his talent, performing a song to celebrate his spot in the Top 5 and a previously performed song that would ultimately become his single if he wins American Idol.

For his first performance, Gunn covered Gavin DeGraw’s massive hit, “I Don’t Want To Be.” The song was featured on DeGraw’s 2003 debut album, Chariot, and was the theme song of the hit show One Tree Hill.

Gunn’s delivered a rockin’ performance of the song, in which the judges absolutely loved.

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“I can tell that it’s the finale cause of that finale, you are leaving it all on your living room floor,” Katy Perry gushed. “You’ve grown so much, so proud to have you in the Top 5.”

His performance also impressed Luke Bryan, who told him, “I just love how you connected with the camera, then you went into your own rock star, moves like jagger kind of world.”

Next up, Gunn once again re-visited the Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Have You Ever Seen The Sun.” This was Gunn’s third time performing the song during his Idol journey.

“You’re an absolute star,” Lionel Richie praised after his performance.

Perry also complimented Gunn, joking that he took the “winning pill” before his performance.

“Way to nail every aspect of American Idol, you have checked every American Idol box that you need to check in my opinion,” Bryan added.

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Fans who would like to vote for Arthur Gunn can vote online or by texting 16 to 21523. The winner of American Idol will be crowned at the conclusion of Sunday’s show.

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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.