AMERICAN Idol crowned Chayce Beckham as season 19’s winner on Sunday’s three-hour live finale special.
Chayce Beckham was crowned the season 19 winner of American Idol[/caption]
Season 19’s finalists were Grace Kinstler, Willie Spence, and Chayce Beckham[/caption]
Chayce Beckham and Willie Spence were this season’s top two[/caption]
Each contestant performed on stage multiple times as both the East Coast and West Coast tuned in simultaneously to vote for their favorite.
All three finalists kicked off the music-filled evening by joining rapper Macklemore on a Los Angeles rooftop singing his 2012 hit, Can’t Hold Us.
Grace was the first solo performer who got rave reviews from the judges – who picked the first round of songs for the contestants – for singing “higher than Celine Dion” on her hit All By Myself.
Willie was next and did not disappoint as he belted out a Ray Charles classic, Georgia On My Mind.
Chayce stunned with an acoustic rendition of Blackbird by The Beatles[/caption]
The California boy was praised by judges for his raspy tone[/caption]
His first song was the Ray Charles classic, Georgia On My Mind[/caption]
Willie Spence made Katy Perry break down in tears following his emotional performance[/caption]
He was also praised by all three of the superstar panelists who said it was his best performance of the season.
California boy Chayce completed the first round as he stood on stage with his acoustic guitar – a move he’s done for each performance this season.
The Apple Valley native performed Blackbird by The Beatles – getting such high praise from Luke he even invited him to his home for bass fishing.
Many fans were outraged with the results and slammed the show – with some going as far as to say it’s “rigged.”
Before longtime host Ryan, 46, read the results live on stage, the ABC series had a slew of A-list musicians perform.
Fan-favorite Grace was voted off mid-episode as the third-place finisher[/caption]
Judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan were shocked by Grace’s exit[/caption]
Katy reminded the contestants that ‘no matter the results,’ they all had ‘promising careers’[/caption]
New mom Katy, 36, swapped her judges chair for a microphone as she performed before her co-stars, Lionel, 71, and Luke, 44, also sang.
Luke rocked out with former contestant, Casey Bishop, and other familiar faces from the season also came back to perform for fans.
Other acts who gave exciting performances include Sheryl Crowe Fall Out Boy, Macklemore, Leona Lewis, Lindsey Buckingham along with country stars Luke Combs and Mickey Guyton.
This season of American Idol ended tumultuously following last week’s shakeup when Caleb Kennedy self-eliminated from the competition .
After backlash online continued for days, he wrote a lengthy apology on Instagram but has since remained quiet on social media.
The Georgia native said: “Hey y’all, this is gonna be a bit of a surprise, but I am no longer gonna be on American Idol.
“There was a video that surfaced on the internet and it displayed actions that were not meant to be taken in that way.”
Former American Idol contestant Caleb Kennedy was slammed for a resurfaced video[/caption]
The teenager sat next to a friend who appeared to be wearing a KKK-style hood[/caption]
The 16-year-old singer apologized for his past actions on social media[/caption]
Country star Caleb was a Top 5 finalist before he dropped out of the show[/caption]
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He continued: “I was younger and did not think about the actions, but that’s not an excuse. I wanna say sorry to all my fans and everyone who I have let down.
“I’ll be taking a little time off social media to better myself, but saying that, I know this has hurt and disappointed a lot of people and made people lose respect for me.
“I’m so sorry! I pray that I can one day regain your trust in who I am and have your respect! Thank you for supporting me.”
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