Rocker Caleb Johnson Wins 'American Idol'
The 23-year-old Johnson, whose higher register made him all the rage with classic rock aficionados, won the 13th season of American Idol Wednesday night (May 21). He had previously auditioned for the show twice but, like Glover, had been unable to make it to the live shows.
The Asheville, North Carolina native beat out 17-year-old Jena Irene, who also slotted comfortably into the rock genre. Had she won, it would have been the first time Idol had turned out back-to-back female winners since Fantasia Barrino and Carrie Underwood won in seasons three and four, respectively.
The previous night, Johnson had stuck to his roots - as he often did - with a performance of Aerosmith's "Dream On," plus a callback performance to an earlier rendition of "Maybe I'm Amazed" from Paul McCartney. He had closed out the show with his coronation song and first single if he proved victorious, "As Long As You Love Me."
The two-hour live finale, like its The Voice competition the night before, was a star-studded affair featuring multiple big-name artists and the top 13 of the show - minus MK Nobilette, who was out with an illness. Johnson got to perform with Kiss, his brother's favorite band, with a medley of "Love Gun" and "Shout It Out Loud," while Jena Irene paired with her favorite act, Paramore, for "Ain't It Fun." more on this story
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