Chayce Beckham put his confidence on full display with captivating reprised cover Ed Sheeran’s “Afterglow.”
During the American Idol season finale on Sunday, May 23, the top 3 finalists were tasked with performing a song that they previously performed during Idol and Beckham chose Ed Sheeran’s “Afterglow,” a track that he performed the same week that he duetted alongside Brandon Boyd in early April.
Watch his cover of Sheeran below.
“I don’t think there’s anything left to say Chayce,” Perry gushed. “You had this dream and now you’re living it.”
“It’s just a bright future and it’s your future,” Bryan said. “I don’t have any doubt in mind that you’ll go out there and work for it.”
“Congratulations twice, one for surviving this amazing class of 2021 and secondly welcome to your career,” Richie gushed. “You’ve got an amazing future my friend, we’re very proud of you.”
Furthermore, Beckham also performed several other times during the three-hour Idol finale, including covers of The Beatles’ “Blackbird” and Chris Stapleton’s “Fire Away.” In addition to covering Sheeran, The Beatles and Stapleton, Beckham also joined Luke Combs, Fall Out Boy and Macklemore for duets.
The three-hour American Idol finale also featured performances from Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham, Sheryl Crow, Alessia Cara, Leona Lewis, Mickey Guyton, Luke Combs, Macklemore, Chaka Khan, Fall Out Boy, and Idol judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie & Luke Bryan.
In addition to the celebrity performers on the star-studded finale lineup, the top 3 including Chayce Beckham, Grace Kinstler and Willie Spence also performed several times throughout the show. Idol also welcomed back several contestants from the Top 24 to perform during the finale including Alyssa Wray, Arthur Gunn, Cassandra Coleman, Casey Bishop, DeShawn Goncalves, Hunter Metts, Phillip Murphy and more.
Hosted by Ryan Seacrest, the season finale of American Idol aired live on Sunday, May 23 at 8/7c on ABC.