American Idol 2022 James Arthur and Fritz Hager Performance ‘Can I be him’

James Arthur and Fritz Hager together for a memorable duet ‘Can I be him’ on the season 20 final on American Idol on Sunday, May 22.

The chart-topping, top-selling hitmaker and the fan-favorite Top 5 Idol finalist joined with the band to perform ” Can I Be Him,” the third single from Arthur’s sophomore Studio album “Back from to Edge.

Arthur as well as the 21-year-old Texas resident, Fritz Hager, both of who played guitar, and sang along to the hit chart.

After seeing a clip that featured Fritz Hager singing his hit song from 2017, “Can I Be Him,” on the internet, Arthur decided to have Fritz Hager sing with him in a duet to the fan-favorite song on the last episode of The 20th season of the Idol.

“Oh My Gosh,” Hager said when he first saw Arthur appearing on the recorded chat.

“Hey Fritz, how’s it going? I’m Jame Arthur I’m delighted to talk to you. I wanted to call to inform you that I as well as you will sing in a group,” Arthur told Hager via video chat. “We’re going to perform during the final. I was impressed by the fact that you performed an incredible rendition on one of my tracks. “I saw you do an incredible version of my song, “Can You Be Him’ and was stunned by the performance. It’s probably the greatest cover I’ve seen of the song. I’m sure we’ll perform a slick version of the song to surprise the American people.”

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“Yeah, oh my gosh, dude! I’m just so thrilled,” Hager said in exuberance.

Furthermore, Hager recently released his debut single, “Hearts Align,” that he wrote alongside music producer King Henry (Beyonce, Diplo, LANY), and written by season 18 alums Francisco Martin and Drew Pearson.

James Arthur and Fritz Hager’s duet song Can I be him in finale

James Arthur and Fritz Hager’s duet song Can I be him in the finale of American Idol.

“It’s a dope song, and I’m so excited to share it with you guys,” Hager posted on Instagram when the song’s released.

The ‘American idol fans are not ready to accept the verdict of the judges or accept how their most beloved star Fritz Hager didn’t secure a place in the season 20 final. Although he has a loyal online following and other platforms, when Fritz was ejected from the show after his top 5 performance and was subsequently ejected, fans weren’t taking his departure lightly.

When Fritz returned for a surprise performance at the end of the show with country superstar James Arthur, fans had certain opinions regarding the duo’s performance. The two performed to James Arthur’s hit song Can I Be Him. With his guitar and smooth, buttery voice, Fritz managed to make the viewers in awe. The fans loved Fritz’s performances so that they declared Fritz’s voice was better than Arthur who was the creator of the song.

A fan tweeted, “I’ll say it — Fritz outshined James Arthur on that #americanidol #americanidolfinale.” “Fritz seems like the celebrity and James looks like the American Idol contestant lmaooooo #AmericanIdol,” said a fan. A fan added, “James Arthur had to step up his game singing with Fritz Hager. Boy was bringing the emotion! They complemented one another well. Great job!

#AmericanIdol #IdolFinale.” “Fritz !!!!! Better than the artist that wrote the song!! Fritz and Nicolina both throwing down. The finalists that should have been. Wish them both the careers they want. #AmericanIdol,” stated one of the fans. “Fritz toe to toe with James (even better than …. )#AmericanIdol,” said by fan. “Fritz sounds better than James Arthur imo and I have been against Fritz all season.. #AmericanIdol,” said a fan.

Fritz’s stunning performance along with Arthur was a great way to spark discussions about how the viewers didn’t do enough to send Fritz to the final. One fan wrote, “Please tell me how Fritz was not a finalist with a performance like this. Omg. #AmericanIdol.” “LMAO FRITZ OUTSANG EVERYONE TONIGHT SHUT UPPPP WHAT A LOSS #Americanidol,” said one fan. “Fritz is the shizzz. He’s gonna sell a lot of records #AmericanIdol,” said a fan.

Three hours of the Season 20 finale of American Idol included performances by those who were Idol judge panel Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, as well as the top 3 finalist Noah Thompson, HunterGirl, and Leah Marlene. source

Furthermore, there are stars Carrie Underwood, Gabby Barrett, James Arthur, Sara Bareilles, Michael Buble, Deana Carter, Earth, Wind & Fire, Melissa Etheridge, Flo Rida, Ben Platt, Thomas Rhett, Tai Verdes, and many more performed on the show’s star-studded performances.

Many other Contestants of Season 20 have also made it back on the Idol stage among them Mike Parker, Christian Guardino, Jay Copeland, Nicolina Bozzo, Fritz Hager, Emyrson Flora along with Lady K.

“American Idol” Season 20 is available for streaming on ABC and Hulu.

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