Beichner spent the first few weeks of the competition almost sedately hiding behind a guitar as he sang, often with his eyes closed. The judges were complimentary of his voice and song choice but suggested he get out from behind the guitar.
Not only did he take their advice he stunned judge Nathaniel Licht who commented that Beichner wasn't even close to the same performer he saw in week one adding that he was blown away. All judges said that Beichner was a completely different performer in the finals as he appeared to have high energy walking back and forth around the stage and working the audience.
And it must've been enough, a.standing ovation ensued after his final song and he was the top vote getter in the competition.