Last updated on August 4th, 2023 at 05:36 pm
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has affected almost every part of the world, already taking over 74,000 lives. Major part of the world is in lockdown and people in self-quarantine mode. The global outbreak has affected the entertainment industry as well. One of the popular reality series American Idol is also now suspended due to Coronavirus pandemic. The 18th season of American Idol has been suspended after the Top 20 were selected.
If you've been watching American Idol, you might have been familiar with the Top 20 contestants already. One of the interesting contestants from this series of American Idol is Arthur Gunn. Gunn has impressed all three panel of judges right from his audition. The road to Top 20 for Arthur Gunn has been quite easy. The non-American Gunn is one of the contestants who has already garnered a major fan following.
Here are the 10 facts you didn't know about Arthur Gunn.
1. Arthur Gunn Is Non-American
Arthur Gunn is not an American native. He is originally from an Asian country, Nepal, the land of Mount Everest and the birth place of Gautam Buddha. Nepal is one of the prominent tourist destinations in the world.
Gunn moved to the United States in around 2014.
2. His Real Name Is Dibesh Pokharel
You know him by his stage name Arthur Gunn but his real name is Dibesh Pokharel. When one of the judges, Katy Perry asked the meaning of his name "Dibesh", Gunn answered that the meaning of his name is light. He stated in an interview that he was fascinated with 'Art' in every form. Thus, he chose the name 'Arthur'.
3. English Is Not His First Language
Since Arthur Gunn hails from Nepal, English is not the first language in Nepal. The Nepali language is the first language in Nepal and English is one of the major languages learned to read, write, and speak from the primary education level.
4. He Went To The United States To Pursue Higher Education
Arthur Gunn completed his high school from Nepal. To pursue further education, he moved to the United States in around 2014. He followed his sister who had previously moved to the US to pursue her further education. He lives with his family in Wichita, Kansas.
5. Moving To Kansas Influenced Gunn To Continue To Pursue Music In The United States
Arthur Gunn's mother gifted him his first guitar when he was a kid.
Arthur grew up with a keen interest in music. He used to perform gigs at local bars and pubs back in Nepal. Moving to the United States, moving to Kansas influenced him to pursue a music career. He stated, "I hadn't listened to those kinds of music before, but I was like, pulled towards it".
6. Arthur Gunn Was Invited To Audition In Person By American Idol Judges
Arthur Gunn initially submitted an online audition to American Idol. The American Idol team reviewed his online audition and invited Gunn to the Wichita in-person auditions.
7. Arthur Gunn Sang Two Songs In His Audition
Arthur Gunn first sang "Girl From the North Country" by Bob Dylan. Katy Perry suggested Gunn sing with his eyes open to connect with the people in front of him. He then sang "Have You Ever Seen The Rain" by Creedence Clearwater Revival.
8. Luke Bryan Asked Arthur Gunn To Open For Him In Detroit
Once Arthur Gunn finished his performance during the audition, all three judges got impressed by his performance. One of the judges, Luke Bryan asked Arthur Gunn to open for his concert in Detroit.
9. Arthur Gunn Has His Own YouTube Channel
Arthur Gunn has been running his own YouTube channel since 2017. He has an eponymous channel. Before he auditioned for American Idol, his YouTube channel had 20k subscribers. Having reached Top 20 in the American Idol, he has already garnered over 215k subscribers. Gunn has quite become a sensation on YouTube following his popularity. He shares Nepali original songs and English cover songs on his YouTube channel.
10. Arthur Gunn Had Released An Album In His Native Language - Nepali
Arthur Gunn might have risen to widespread recognition following his audition in American Idol, but had already garnered quite a followers in the Nepali music industry. Though he had not pursued music career professionally, he had been active in music via his YouTube. He had released a Nepali album titled, Grahan in 2018 before joining American Idol.