Winning American Idol isn't the only surreal thing that happened to Caleb Johnson Wednesday night.
The singer from Asheville, N.C., also got to rock out with his idols KISS on not just one, but two songs. (Watch it here!) "It was really humbling and such an honor," he told reporters Thursday. "Literally they're icons of rock..."
Jena Irene and Caleb Johnson
American Idol has named its lucky Season 13 winner.
On Wednesday's two-hour finale of the Fox reality singing competition, the finalists had the opportunity to sing with some of their biggest idols in a star-studded extravaganza. Who found their musical soul mates? And more importantly, was Wild Card pick Jena or rocker Caleb crowned the winner? Read on for our breakdown of the night's performances or skip to the bottom for the results.
Caleb Johnson and Jena Irene
American Idol just hosted its final showdown of the season.
On Tuesday night, the Fox reality show held its final performance episode of the season, and judges Keith Urban, Harry Connick Jr. and Jennifer Lopez dressed up for the occasion. Well, Keith at least put on a blazer over his traditional t-shirt. (Check out his recent Tonight Show appearance here.)
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Will "sleeper" Jena or rock 'n' roll Viking Caleb take home the Season 13 crown?
Caleb Johnson and Jena Irene
Will American Idol Season 13 be lucky for Jena or Caleb?
The Fox reality singing show wraps up another year with a face-off between two of the season's arguably strongest performers. Their similarities end there, however. Will the student from Farmington Hills, Mich., take home the prize or will the rock band lead singer get bragging rights? TVGuide.com breaks down each finalist's chances of winning:
Caleb Johnson, Jena Irene, Alex Preston
American Idol has found its Final 2. After Ryan Seacrest elicits oohs and ahhs by showing off his new black puppy Georgia, the reality show eventually got down to business and made its final cut Thursday night.
Alex Preston, Jena Irene, Caleb Johnson
American Idol celebrated its 500th (!) episode Wednesday night, with tributes throughout the broadcast from past winners. But really, the visits only served as a reminder of how far the show has fallen since its Kelly Clarkson/Carrie Underwood heydays.
But that's not the only depressing aspect of tonight's show: We learn right at the start that Caleb Johnson has "no voice," after suffering from bronchitis, sinusitis, and a bruised vocal chord. Yikes.
Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr.
American Idol is getting cutthroat. On Thursday, the Fox reality competition show sent home another singer after a night of breakup and make-up love songs. Who gave love a bad name? Who will head to the coveted hometown visits? Skip to the bottom for results:
For the first time ever, the Final Four performed three songs each on American Idol Wednesday. The themes were breakups, make-ups and dedications, and one of the singers will get dumped by America on Thursday. Who will it be?
Let's get right to the performances:
Sam Woolf's stint on Season 13 of American Idol came to an end last week, just about a month after the judges had used their save on him. Woolf, who recently turned 18, was clearly cast as the "ladies man" of this season. And it became increasingly uncomfortable to watch TPTB (via Jennifer Lopez) try to foist that label on him week after week, surrounding him with gaggles of tween girls, when it was clear that Woolf wanted to just focus on the music.
"Yeah. Ugh, a little bit," Woolf told TVGuide.com this week when asked if he was annoyed by the constant references to his looks. "I didn't want to be under the category 'heartthrob.' I'm not glad to be off the show, but [I'm glad] to not be under that category for the rest of the show."
On American Idol Wednesday, the Final 5 took to the stage twice to tackle songs chosen by fans and curated by producers, so you know they had to be good! Did America get it right or lead our competitors astray? Let's break down the performances: