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Arthur Gunn “Doesn’t Want to Talk” about Missed ‘American Idol’ Finale Performance

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American Idol season 18 runner up Arthur Gunn was a no show for his appearance on the season 19 finale, after getting a second chance at the prize. He was supposed to perform with Sheryl Crow, but reportedly refused to leave his dressing room just minutes before the performance. In a recent interview, Arthur still refused to discuss his no show appearance.

Arthur Gunn Refuses to Discuss American Idol No-show As He Prepares for Upcoming Concert

In a recent interview, Arthur spoke about how he doesn’t want to talk about what happened the night of the American Idol finale. He didn’t openly say that he’d like to just move forward from the situation, but it seems like those were his intentions.

He is now in preparation for his first big in-person performance since the Idol mishap all occurred. His concert is in Wichita, Kansas on July 30 at 8:30 p.m. He recently shared a video to Instagram about the performance.

“Hello everybody! We’ll be playing at @thecotillion tomorrow. Hope you all are excited for it as much as I am,” said Gunn. “The band and I will be playing a new song I wrote along with that we have so many good music, all the musicians in the band are handful of good musicians that I came across. So get your dancing shoes ready, we’ll see you all out there!!!”

Why Did He Miss the Finale?

Arthur was set to perform with Sheryl Crow during the finale, but when he refused to leave his dressing room, Graham DeFranco took his spot. Later, Arthur posted a long explanation on Instagram.

“Well, let’s just say I missed my opportunity to sing with legendary @sherylcrow. what happened is not much to discuss at this point,” said Gunn in his post. “It was last minute decision but I couldn’t help but say no cause of some personal morals and values due to unpleasant environmental experiences. It’s not necessary to state it, it is what it is, so I felt like I had to move on, It’s not the show @americanidol to blame.”

Crow did not respond to his invite within the post. But, Arthur recently shared that the iconic singer personally reached out to him with encouragement.

“I received an email from Sheryl Crow herself encouraging me to play music,” Gunn said in an interview. “I emailed her back saying how I felt and what happened. We had a very mutual understanding.”

The Wichita singer does not have any other live performances planned on his website or Instagram. It seems like he’s not quite ready to hit a large stage again, yet. For now, it seems like he’ll continue playing for his Instagram Reels.

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