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.
Ryan Seacrest teased a "shocking twist" that would send Idol Nation's collective head spinning at the beginning of Thursday's American Idol, and any longtime viewer knows that never bodes well. Would the finalists get to eliminate one of their own? Would Randy Jackson offer some valuable feedback? Would Grumpy Cat cast the deciding vote? Read on to find out what happened.
C.J. Harris has come a long way from playing bars in Jasper, Alabama to making it to the Top 6 on Season 13 of American Idol — and his journey wasn't without a few bumps along the way. Harris weathered some pretty harsh criticism on the show about his singing style, but that was nothing compared to some of the prejudice he faced back home when he was first starting out as a musician.
"I would go in some bars and people didn't want to see [me]," Harris told TVGuide.com this week. "It didn't matter how good I was. They didn't want to hear it. I've had people walk out on me. I've booked shows back at home, and I'd come and play the show, and the owner would come up to me and say, 'Hey, people just aren't enjoying your music tonight. We want you to cut it short.' It was obviously because of one reason. I've dealt with that."
On American Idol Thursday night, Grumpy Cat once again stole Ryan Seacrest's thunder at the top of the show.
American Idol has officially entered the homestretch. With less than a month to go in Season 13, we're at the point where each contestant will have to tackle not one, but two songs per show. Tonight's theme? "A little bit country, a little bit rock 'n' roll."
With 12 performances to squeeze in, the show doesn't waste any time in getting to the performances, and we won't either. But first, an observation: After tonight's show, it seems as though the Final 6 can easily be divided into a Top 3 (Jessica, Caleb and Jena) and a Bottom 3 (Sam, Alex and C.J.), as far as who's a real contender to win this thing. Do you agree? Let us know in the comments!
American Idol is zero degrees from Kevin Bacon after The Following star commandeered Ryan Seacrest's intro Thursday night for its result show. Awesome. But more importantly, one singer saw his or her dreams dashed.
It's Competitors' Pick Night on American Idol, where the Top 7 finalists get to pick songs for their competitors, and each singer gets to choose one of six options. Did anyone go the sabotage route, or was everyone altruistic?
The show finally finds something for Randy Jackson to do, as he introduces the theme of the night and interviews each singer about what they would select for their counterparts. (Everyone seems to be playing nice, for the record.)
American Idol's Malaya Watson explains why she almost didn't audition
So, what did the finalists ultimately decide on? Let's get to the performances:
The judges may have used their save on Sam last week, but this week, one person actually did go home. Was Sam able to redeem himself with his take on "Time After Time"? Or were his efforts to connect with his fans all for naught?
American Idol went back to the '80s Wednesday night, with the Top 8 finalists performing song selections from music's most fluorescent decade — despite the fact that none of the contestants were alive in the 1980s. (Think about that for a second. Feel old yet?) They get help from a nearly unrecognizable David Cook, who returns to the Idol stage this week to act as a mentor.
We get our first elimination of the night fairly early, when judge Keith Urban opts to ditch his bitchin' mullet ("sixty thousand dollars' worth of hair extensions," quips his co-panelist Harry Connick, Jr.) within the first five minutes of the show.
With the judges having used their only save on Sam Woolf last week, someone will definitely be going home on Thursday night. So, how did the Top 8 do? Let's get to the performances:
Jena Irene and Alex Preston
On Thursday night, the reality show continued its "Back to the Start" theme by inviting alum Chris Daughtry back to the stage. Did he rock it? And who fell to the bottom?