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Graham DeFranco Replaces Arthur Gunn During ‘American Idol’ Finale

Samantha Agate

Samantha Agate

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What a wild season of American Idol it has been. Even during the show’s finale, some major curveballs were thrown at viewers. Arthur Gunn was missing from the show tonight and we are literally as shocked as you are.


Arthur Gunn is Replaced by Graham DeFranco for Performance with Sheryl Crow

Earlier this week, the show announced that Arthur would be returning to the finale to perform with music superstar Sheryl Crow. Fans of the Nepali singer were excited to see another glimpse of him on the American Idol stage after everything was virtual last season and he was eliminated again this season.

Arthur won the controversial American Idol comeback this season which gave one Season 18 contestant the opportunity to come back and rejoin the competition. He was eliminated when it came time for the Top 7 to be narrowed down to the Top 5. He still got to record an original song with a big-name producer and a music video that was released this week.

Graham was announced as a last-minute addition to American Idol’s big finale episode. We thought the plot twist of the performance just meant Crow would be performing a montage of her most popular songs with multiple contestants. She only performed with Graham. We hoped Arthur was going to appear from the doors at the back of the stage but the moment never came.


What Happened to Arthur?

Many are wondering what happened to Arthur considering the show never made an announcement about this last-minute switch. In fact, the American Idol Instagram account posted a picture of Arthur and Crow together three hours before showtime.

Ryan Seacrest did mention that Graham just learned he would be performing this duet and was able to look like an absolute pro on stage. Now, Twitter and Instagram are literally blowing up with questions about where Arthur is and what led to him being removed from the finale lineup.

In an exclusive interview with Talent Recap, Graham hinted he would be at the American Idol finale, but never said exactly what he would be there for. We assumed he would join the performance with the male finalists and Fall Out Boy. He was not a part of this performance which came as a bit of a shock. Everything made sense when Graham got to do the big performance with Crow.


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About the Author

Samantha Agate

Samantha Agate is the Talent Guru here at Talent Recap. Her work has been featured at The Blast. Samantha graduated from Hunter College in 2019 with a degree in Media Studies and a Concentration in Journalism. When she isn't binge-watching reality television shows or binge-eating fried food, she loves hanging out with her friends and family and petting puppies.

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