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American Idol: Chayce Beckham wins season 19 during star-studded finale on ABC

American Idol: Chayce Beckham wins season 19 after topping online charts during star-studded finale on ABC

Chayce Beckham won American Idol Season 19 on Sunday’s three-hour grand finale.

The 24-year-old heavy machinery operator from Apple Valley, California, beamed as he played his new single onstage as his fellow competitors danced and rainbow confetti fell all around.

His song, 23, hit number-one on the iTunes country and all-genres charts last week, and to many Chayce’s win may have seemed like a lock.

The winner: Chayce Beckham won American Idol season 19 on Sunday’s three-hour grand finale on ABC

He beat out runner-up Willie Spence, a 21-year-old caretaker from Douglas, Georgia, whose voice was repeatedly called ‘a religious experience’ by several of the judges.

Grace Kinstler, a 21-year-old college student from Lakewood, Illinois, was eliminated earlier.

All of the contestants were tasked with singing four songs for the finale: a song picked for them by the judges, a hometown dedication, a song from the live rounds, and a celebrity duet.

Chayce had been tipped as a frontrunner early on, praised for his gravelly, authentic sound. 

New single: The 24-year-old heavy machinery operator from Apple Valley, California, beamed as he played his new single onstage as his fellow competitors danced and rainbow confetti fell all around

New single: The 24-year-old heavy machinery operator from Apple Valley, California, beamed as he played his new single onstage as his fellow competitors danced and rainbow confetti fell all around

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