Gunn went on to say that he was grateful for the chance Idol gave him and for the fanbase it helped him build, but “sometimes things happens and it happens for a reason I guess. I feel upset about it as much as all you might have, and I’m sorry if I did let down anyone but I felt like all these confrontations didn’t need to happen at the show, so I just had to move on from there, sometimes all we can do is move on!!!”
While consummate pro Crow took the unexpected swap in stride and appeared to be having fun while singing her hits “Every Day Is a Winding Road” and “If It Makes You Happy” with the low-key, underdressed DeFranco, even the judges seemed unclear about what was going on.
After the epic, three-hour finale, Lionel Richie told USA Today that the panel “don’t even know what happened,” with Katy Perry adding that the change-up was in keeping with the yo-yo, “spicy” season. “It’s a live, three-hour show, and, quite honestly, we’ve had a very colorful season … curveballs galore,” she said. “But Graham DeFranco? I mean, killed it — sang so well, and I was so glad he was there.”
On the night of the finale, Gunn posted a mirror selfie in which he was sitting on a chair in a relaxed pose with the caption, “currently.”
A source close to the show tells Billboard that “Arthur decided at the last minute that he did not want to perform, and Graham stepped in.”
Gunn also appeared to offer an olive branch to Crow in his post, admitting that he “missed my opportunity” to sing with the legend on Sunday night, and invited her to perform a couple songs with him at his July 30 show at the 2,000-capacity Cotillion club in Wichita. Billboard has reached out to Gunn for additional comment.
Check out the singer’s post below.