Following the announcement of his victory, Beckham took the stage to perform his original single, “23.” He released the song during his time on the show, and it quickly rose to the top of the iTunes country charts. Meanwhile, her family celebrated in tears from behind the scenes.
Beckham began to turn judges’ heads during his time on the show, thanks to his distinctive husky voice, country-rock style, and powerful personal story. The 24-year-old California native said early on he had come American Idol after a difficult year that ultimately led to a rushed relationship with alcohol and a near-fatal car accident.
The singer’s heartbreaking personal journey translated into convincing performances every time he took the stage, and he brought authenticity to the world’s tired ballads by Tyler Childers, Zac Brown Band and Chris Stapleton. Beckham has also proven that his voice can easily find a place in multiple genres, duet with Incubus rocker Brandon Boyd and performing a song by Bob Marley & the Wailers during his time on the show.
Earlier in the final episode, Beckham also starred alongside guest star Luke Combs; they offered a duet version of the latter singer’s hit single, “Forever After All”. This performance – particularly as a love song – showed Beckham’s softer side to judges and fans, and also proved his potential as a mainstream country radio hitmaker.
Beckham defeated powerful pop singer Grace Kinstler and soulful Willie Spence for the title of American Idol champion. Kinstler placed third on the show, while Spence was the runner-up. Live fan voting took place during the final episode, and each Top 3 contender performed multiple times on Sunday night.
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