The Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has infected almost every part of the world, taking more than 74,000 lives already. Much of the planet is in lockdown mode and people are in self-quarantine mode. The global epidemic also impacted the entertainment industry. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, one of the famous reality series American Idol is now suspended too. American Idol's 18th season has been suspended following selection of the Top 20.
If you watched American Idol, you might already have heard about the Top 20 contestants. Arthur Gunn is among the fascinating contestants from this American Idol show. From his audition Gunn has impressed all three panels of judges. Arthur Gunn's path to Top 20 has been quite simple. The non-American Gunn is one of those contestants who have already won a big fan following.
Here are the 10 facts you didn't know about Arthur Gunn.
1. Arthur Gunn Is Non-American
Arthur Gunn is not a Native American. He originally comes from an Asian country, Nepal, Mount Everest land and Gautam Buddha's birthplace. Nepal is one of the world's top tourist destinations. In around 2014 Gunn moved to the U.S.
2. His Real Name Is Dibesh Pokharel
By his stage name you know him Arthur Gunn but his real name is Dibesh Pokharel. When one of the judges, Katy Perry, asked the meaning of his name “Dibesh,” Gunn replied that his name's meaning is bright. In an interview, he said he was intrigued by 'Art' in all forms. And he opted for the name 'Arthur'
3. English Is Not His First Language
Seeing that Arthur Gunn comes from Nepal, English isn't Nepal's first language. Nepali language is Nepal's first language and English is one of the main languages learned from primary school level to read, write, and speak.
4. He Went To The United States To Pursue Higher Education
Arthur Gunn finished his Nepal High School. He relocated to the United States in about 2014 to seek further education. He followed his sister, who had previously moved to the United States to pursue her further education. He resides in Wichita, Kansas, with his family.
5. Moving To Kansas Influenced Gunn To Continue To Pursue Music In The United States
Arthur Gunn's mother gave him a kid's first guitar. Arthur's music interest grew. He played gigs in Nepal's local bars and pubs. Moving to America, moving to Kansas prompted him to pursue a music career.
6. Arthur Gunn Was Invited To Audition In Person By American Idol Judges
Arthur Gunn sent an online audition to American Idol. The American Idol team reviewed his online audition, inviting Gunn to in-person Wichita auditions.
7. Arthur Gunn Sang Two Songs In His Audition
Arthur Gunn sang Bob Dylan's Girl From the North. Katy Perry proposed that Gunn sing with his eyes open to the men around him. He then sang The Rain by Creedence Clearwater Revival.
8. Luke Bryan Asked Arthur Gunn To Open For Him In Detroit
If Arthur Gunn finished his audition performance, his performance impressed all three judges. A judge, Luke Bryan, asked Arthur Gunn to open for his Detroit concert.
9. Arthur Gunn Has His Own YouTube Channel
Since 2017, Arthur Gunn runs his own YouTube channel. There's an eponymous screen. Before seeing American Idol, his YouTube channel had 20k subscribers. Having reached the top 20 in the American Idol, he already has over 215k subscribers. Despite his fame, Gunn became a sensation on YouTube. His YouTube channel shows Nepali original songs and English cover songs.
10. Arthur Gunn Had Released An Album In His Native Language – Nepali
Arthur Gunn may have gained widespread recognition after his American Idol audition, but had already gained quite a few followers in the Nepali music industry. While not actively pursuing music career, he was interested in music through his YouTube. He released a Nepali album, Grahan in 2018, before entering American Idol.