On the “American Idol” season 18 finale on Sunday, Just Sam pulled off an upset over Arthur Gunn, who had been the frontrunner all season long. In our overnight poll, a whopping 41% of those weighing in wanted Arthur to win and think that he was robbed of the season 18 title. Arthur earned far more votes than Just Sam, who has only 25% of the total tally as of this writing. And he outpolled the other three artists in the Top 5: Dillon James (10%), Francisco Martin (13%) and Jonny West (11%).
What do you think? Did Just Sam deserve to win “American Idol”? Or do you think Arthur Gunn was robbed of the season 18 championship? Even though he lost on May 18, this singer/songwriter from Kansas could end up the big winner. His talents were showcased in the finale as he got the chance to sing two songs.
If you haven’t cast your ballot yet, be sure to do so in the poll at the bottom of this post. And be sure to give us your thoughts on the third season of “American Idol” on ABC as well as your opinions of host Ryan Seacrest and judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie.
SEE ‘American Idol’ Winners Ranked From Worst to Best: Who is #1?
Before voting, take a minute to review the list of the songs that the Top 5 sang on the season 18 finale.
Arthur Gunn: “I Don’t Want to Be” by Gavin DeGraw
Dillon James: “Change the World” by Eric Clapton
Just Sam: “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” by Kelly Clarkson
Francisco Martin: “Adore You” by Harry Styles
Jonny West: “Can’t Keep a Good Man Down” by Eddie Money
Arthur Gunn: “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?” by John Fogerty
Dillon James: “The Times They Are a-Changin'” by Bob Dylan
Just Sam: “Rise Up” by Andra Day
Francisco Martin: “Alaska” by Maggie Rogers
Jonny West: “Makin’ Love” (original song)
SEE ‘American Idol’ judges rankings: All 14 judges ranked from worst to best
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