On Sunday’s Season 18 American Idol finale, Just Sam was crowned the winner, while Arthur Gunn was runner-up. This came as a surprise to many viewers, as Arthur seemed to be a frontrunner. He even won Talent Recap’s fan poll in a landslide.
Many Arthur fans were obviously disappointed he didn’t win, and shared their thoughts on social media and YouTube. Check out what they had to say below, and why Arthur’s loss might actually be a blessing in disguise.
Arthur Gunn Fans Share Outrage Over ‘American Idol’ Loss
After Just Sam was announced as the winner during Sunday’s live virtual finale, fans took to Twitter to share their thoughts. Many Arthur fans declared that he should have won, saying he was “the best contestant.” One fan even posted a meme saying Arthur was “a poem,” but American Idol “couldn’t read.”
Some fans shared their outrage in YouTube comments. (Check out a few of them below.) One fan said the competition was “totally rigged,” while another said they were feeling “down” over Arthur’s loss. Someone else called the finale a “bummer.”
However, some commenters looked on the bright side, and said Arthur Gunn doesn’t need American Idol to be a star. In fact, some argued that he’s better off without winning. As previous seasons have shown, they have a point.
Is Arthur Better Off Without Winning?
When it comes to American Idol, winning isn’t everything. Often, the non-winners go on to have bigger careers than the actual winners. Just look at Adam Lambert, Jennifer Hudson, and Katharine McPhee.
Recent seasons are no exception. Season 16’s Gabby Barrett (who came in third place) recently had a No. 1 country song. Last season’s runner-up Alejandro Aranda has released an album before winner Laine Hardy.
Even the show seems to give more attention to its non-winners. Gabby was invited to perform on the show instead of winner Maddie Poppe, and this year’s season featured endless talk about Alejandro’s talent, with hardly a mention of Laine.
Other fans pointed out that Arthur might have more freedom if he’s not under contract. The show gave him exposure which he can use to carve out the kind of career he wants without obligations. That might be the real win.