American Idol returned for the second consecutive night on Monday (March 16) with the debut night of Hollywood week.
Returning to the stage for the first time since Luke Bryan invited him to open for him at auditions, was contestant Arthur Gunn, who wowed the judges with a stunning rendition of The Black Crowes’ “Hard To Handle.”
Bryan and his fellow judges loved his performance so much tonight, that they all stood while begging Gunn for “more.”
The country superstar then joined Gunn to sing the song. Trading off lyrics, Bryan sang “Here I am, I’m the man on the scene,” before Gunn finished out the remainder of the chorus.
“I like how he is doing that different,” Bryan commented on Gunn’s unique take on the song.
“Arthur Gunn ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the world,” he added.
“The spirit that came off of that stage. Oh my God,” Lionel Richie gushed.
During the show, Bryan even tweeted about Gunn saying “This dude. I could listen all day.”
During auditions, Gunn impressed Bryan and fellow judges Katy Perry and Lionel Richie with performances of Bob Dylan’s “Girl From The North Country” and Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Have You Ever Seen The Rain’.”