Amid the celebration and coronation that took place on Sunday night's American Idol season 19 finale, one truly strange moment stood out. After announcing that 2020 No. 2 finisher Arthur Gunn -- who was brought back in a controversial move in which some of last year's at-home pandemic singers were given one more shot -- was slated to perform a duet with Sheryl Crow, the pensive singer was nowhere to be found.
In his place was smiling season 19 finalist Graham DeFranco, who subbed in at the last minute after he showed up to support his pal, and this year's eventual champ, Chayce Beckham. The strange situation remained that way until Tuesday morning (May 25), when Gunn attempted to explain his absence in a lengthy Instagram post that seemed to only muddy the waters further.
"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," he said. "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, they were there long before nor anyone related to show."