Thursday, May 30, 2024

UPDATE Chayce Beckham Wins “American Idol” as We Predicted, He Had the Chart Hit and Show Sewn Up


11PM UPDATE Chayce won, as predicted, and performed his hit, “23.” It was so well planned and civilized. There wasn’t a chance he was going to lose. “23” should be at number 1 on iTunes by 1am latest.

EARLIER Tonight brings “American Idol” to a close for this season.

It’s been a rocky one, with one contestant who left– Wyatt Pike– of his own accord, and one expelled– Caleb Kennedy.

As the show heads into the final round with just three remaining contestants, the show is at an awkward point tonight. One of the finalists, Chayce Beckham, has a hit single on iTunes. His song, “23,” is at number 14 on the charts. It’s gotten all the way up to number 6.

Indeed, “23” has now sold– lol — 23,000 copies in a week. It’s hung in there even with new releases last Friday. By now it could be up to 25,000 copies.

Even if Chayce Beckham loses tonight, he’s on his way. And like Jennifer Hudson and others before him, he’ll have the last laugh.



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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