The results are in and America voted to give Arthur Gunn a second chance to perform on this season of “American Idol.” Idol host Ryan Seacrest announced Gunn as the winner at the start of the live show, which aired on May 2.
But not everyone is thrilled.
Gunn, 23, isn’t new to the Idol stage. He was the runner-up to Just Sam (Samantha Diaz) during season 18 of “American Idol” and is the winner of the “Comeback” competition, which took place during season 19, earning him a spot in this year’s competition.
On April 19th, Gunn, along with nine other contestants from season 18, performed on “American Idol” for a chance to earn the final spot in this season’s top 10. America voted and Gunn was named the winner of the second chance during the May 2 episode filmed in Orlando’s Walt Disney World. Gunn was brought back to the Idol stage thanks to the second chance twist, which was designed to give contestants from the top 20 of season 18 a chance to get on the “American Idol” stage and perform with a full band, an opportunity they didn’t get due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I was really shocked to hear the news,” Gunn told Billboard about his second chance win. “I’m so excited. It’s a very good feeling to be back.”
So what did fans have to say about Gunn’s win?
Fans React to Arthur Gunn’s Win
Gunn is back on “American Idol” but not every fan was onboard following the announcement Sunday.
One fan wrote on Twitter: “@AmericanIdol this comeback is still super s***ty and unfair to this year’s group of kids. He’s had a full year of gaining fans on them. He’s gonna win the whole thing.”
Another user tweeted: “If Arthur manages to win this season, it’s completely unfair. Runner-ups have an unfair advantage -especially in this age of social media.”
Why is Gunn Back on ‘American Idol’?
According to “American Idol” executive producer Trish Kinane, last year’s top contestants didn’t get the full “Idol” experience because of the COVID-19 pandemic. She told Billboard that contestants had to perform from their homes, and without a full band.
“They did so well with the remote production, with their mums and dads helping them and their brothers and sisters holding iPhones and ring lights, but they never had the proper Idol experience,” she said, adding, “We thought they deserved to have that experience.”
The second-chance twist caused controversy with some fans saying that it was unfair to this year’s contestants and was only a chance for Gunn to come back on the show and win the competition.
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