American Idol returned on Monday (March 23) for the second consecutive two-hour special as contestants continued to compete in Hollywood Week to try to secure a spot in the Top 40. The aspiring singers battled it out during solo rounds in hopes to advance to the next round.
Arthur Gunn continued to impress the Idol judges with his “own version” of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Have You Ever Seen The Sun.”
Despite their best efforts, the house band didn’t have enough time to learn Gunn’s version of the hit song, so he opted to perform with just an acoustic guitar.
His performance was so moving that it made Lionel Richie cry and also earned him a standing ovation from all of the judges including Richie, Luke Bryan and Katy Perry.
“That makes me cry,” Richie commented.
After his performance aired, Bryan Tweeted, “@ArthurGunn122 has us on our feet and @LionelRichie crying. A risk worth taking my friend.”
“@ArthurGunn122 took a huge gamble and got a huge payoff… @lionelrichie in tears!” Perry tweeted.
It’s no surprise that Gunn received a standing ovation as he has previously wow’ed the judges.
Arthur Gunn (whose real name is Dibesh Pokharel) was originally born in Kathmandu, Nepal. He auditioned for American Idol in Wichita, Kansas, which has been his home for the last five years.
American Idol returns on Sunday (March 29) at 8 p.m. ET/PT.