Dibesh Pokharel, known professionally as Arthur Gunn (born October 24, 1997), was a contestant in Season 18 of American Idol.

Audition[edit | edit source]

Arthur auditioned in Milwaukee. He sang "Girl from the North Country" by Bob Dylan and "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?" by Creedence Clearwater Revival. All three judges voted "yes", sending him to the next round.

Hollywood Round[edit | edit source]

Arthur was shown in the "Singer-Songwriter" category of the Genre Challenge, alongside Julia Gargano and Marna Michele. He sang "Hard to Handle" by The Black Crowes. Afterwards, the judges told him he advanced alongside Julia. For the second round, he was briefly shown in a duet with Amber Fiedler. For his final Solo performance, he sang his own version of "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?" by Creedence Clearwater Revival. He was later placed in the same deliberation room as Jonny West, Sophia Wackerman, Franklin Boone, Makayla Phillips, Kimmy Gabriela, Francisco Martin, DeWayne Crocker Jr., Cyniah Elise, and Lauren Mascitti, where it was revealed that everyone had advanced.

Hawaii Round[edit | edit source]

Arthur sang "Is This Love?" by Bob Marley. Afterwards, the judges told him he did enough to become a Top 20 finalist.

This Is Me[edit | edit source]

Top 20[edit | edit source]

Arthur sang "Lovin' Machine" by Wynonie Harris. He received enough votes to become a Top 11 finalist.

Top 11[edit | edit source]

Arthur sang "Take Me Home, Country Roads" by John Denver. He received enough votes to become a Top 7 finalist.

Top 7[edit | edit source]

Arthur sang "Kiss the Girl" by Samuel E. Wright from The Little Mermaid and "Hey, Ma" by Bon Iver.

Season 18 Finale[edit | edit source]

Arthur sang "I Don't Want to Be" by Gavin DeGraw and "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?" by Creedence Clearwater Revival. Arthur did not receive more votes than Just Sam, making him the runner-up.

Performances[edit | edit source]

Round Song Choice Original Artist Theme (if any) Result
Auditions "Girl from the North Country"

"Have You Ever Seen the Rain?"

Bob Dylan

Creedence Clearwater Revival

None Safe
Hollywood Week "Hard to Handle" The Black Crowes Hollywood Round 1 Safe
Hollywood Week N/A N/A Hollywood Round 2 Safe
Hollywood Week "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?" Creedence Clearwater Revival Hollywood Round 3 Safe
Hawaii Round "Is This Love?" Bob Marley Showcase Round Advanced
Top 20 "Lovin' Machine" Wynonie Harris None Advanced
Top 11 "Take Me Home, Country Roads" John Denver Homeward Bound Advanced
Top 7 "Kiss the Girl"

"Hey, Ma"

Samuel E. Wright

Bon Iver

Disney Night

Mother's Day

Advanced
Top 5 "I Don't Want to Be"
"Have You Ever Seen the Rain?"
Gavin DeGraw
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Grand Finale Runner-up

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Arthur is originally from Nepal.
  • Prior to auditioning, he released an album in his native Nepal.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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