Meet American Idol’s Top 2 Singers, Nick Fradiani and Clark Beckham

Clark Beckham, Ryan Seacrest and Nick Fradiani
The two singers remaining in the competition for the American Idol season 14 title are Nick Fradiani and Clark Beckham. Michael Becker/Fox

American Idol‘s second-to-last winner will be one of two men: Nick Fradiani or Clark Beckham. Want to know more about the latest person to inherit Kelly Clarkson‘s crown? Read on for all the details.

Clark Beckham

Age: 22

Hometown: White House, Tenn.

Clark Beckham
Clark Beckham is a Nashville-based, deeply religious singer with a penchant for covering old soul classics. Michael Becker/Fox

Preferred Genre: The Nashville-based, deeply religious singer has a penchant for covering old soul classics (anything by James Brown, Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder — you know the drill).

What Winning American Idol Means to Him: “I think it comes with a big responsibility, partly to produce good music,” he told Us Weekly backstage after the top 4 performed. “I think it would be a shame if someone won American Idol and then put out music that sounds like everything else.”

He continued, “As a winner, it’s important to produce good music, but also to produce good habits as an example to everybody. It doesn’t matter what your philosophy or what your thoughts are on your responsibility to be a good role model for kids, it’s just a fact. Kids are looking at you. For me, the American Idol is somebody who has a huge responsibility to show what life is about. It’s a big weight to take on but I would be honored if America would let me take on that weight.”

Sample Performances:

Nick Fradiani

Age: 29

Hometown: Guilford, Conn.

Nick Fradiani
Nick Fradiani is in a band with his dad called Beach Avenue and appeared on America’s Got Talent. Michael Becker/Fox

Preferred Genre: This rocker, who is in a band with his dad called Beach Avenue and appeared on America’s Got Talent, excels on ’90s-tinged rock a la Matchbox Twenty and Train.

What His Winning Moment Would Look Like: “I do remember when I made it to the top 24, I started looking up past Idol performances and I watched Phillip Phillips. I remember watching when he won and he kind of broke down and the confetti and seeing his family — I was getting emotional watching it,” he told Us. “And that’s what I think about — I think of my family. I think of my mom and my dad. It takes a lot to get me emotional but just thinking of that is what I think of. My parents’ faces, that would be what I’m thinking of.”

Sample Performances:

The American Idol season 14 winner will be crowned at the end of the finale, airing at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.

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