Kathmandu: Nepali singer Dibesh Pokhrel has become the runner-up in American Idol. Just Sam has won the title of the show. Sam has been declared the winner after getting more votes than the other contestants who have reached the top five. This achievement of Dibesh has created excitement in the Nepali community at a time when the corona virus is spreading.
Dibesh had garnered attention since the audition round of the 18th edition of American Idol. Judge Lionel Ritchie compared Dibesh’s singing to that of Bob Marley. Another referee, Luke Bryan, had earlier said: “I think Dibesh may be the biggest star we’ve ever had on American Idol.”
Currently living in Wichita, Kansas, USA, Dibesh’s stage name is ‘Arthur Gun’. The show aired on ABC Television. Due to Kovid-19, all the contestants had given presentations from home.
Who is Dibesh?
Born and raised in Kathmandu, Dibesh has been humming since childhood, trying to play the guitar, while his family and relatives were not in the music industry. “I got my first guitar from my mother,” he said. Radio, TV wherever I listened to the song I would sing together. That’s where the dream of singing started. ‘
Her family immigrated to the United States in 2008, but she moved to the United States in 2014 to study. By the time he took singing seriously.
As many may not know, Dibesh has also sung in pubs and coffee shops. In 2018, he released his debut album ‘Eclipse’. It has eight Nepali songs. The next year, he released the album ‘Khoj’. Songs like ‘I …’ and ‘Karnali …’ with its title gained a lot of attention. Musicians like Bob Dylan, Nick Dark and Bukka White are his role models. He has not taken formal music education.
Dibesh coined the stage name ‘Arthur Gun’ two years ago. At that time he was reading the poems of the influential eighteenth century poet Arthur Remwood. ‘I found Arthur’s words very modern and named the stage after him. I think this name is easy too, ‘explained Dibesh.