Thursday, May 30, 2024

“American Idol” Semi-FInalist Chayce Beckham Hits Number 1 on iTunes Before Show’s Sunday Finale


If country singer Chayce Beckham doesn’t win “American Idol” on Sunday, it will be awkward. Five days out he has the number 1 single on iTunes.

“Idol” winners are determined by a public vote on Sunday. But I would say the vote has already been won by Beckham, a likeable guy who the mainstream Cracker Barrel “Idol” audience can relate to without issue.

He’s one of four semi finalists, all whom are just fine. A fifth contestant was ejected last week over a viral video depicting him in a room full of people wearing KKK hoods.

Beckham’s iTunes release before the show isn’t even over follows similar releases from Hunter Mett and Arthur Gunn, each of whom failed to make the last round but just picked themselves up and went ahead with their careers. Another contestant who dropped out early in the game, Wyatt Pike, has been releasing music and booking small shows.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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