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.
Was a last-minute song change to blame for Jessica Meuse's elimination from American Idollast week?
Meuse needed to come out swinging on Idol's Top 4 week, and unfortunately her renditions ofPink's "So What" and Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone" were not up to par. But, according to Meuse, an 11th hour switch-up ahead of the episode didn't give her a lot to work with.
"I was going to do 'The Hell You Put Me Through,' an original song," Meuse tells TVGuide.com. "But then last minute, they ended up scrapping up all the originals and I had to learn another song. So, two out of three songs I learned from nothing. 'So What' was the replacement, and it was a quick fix, and I absolutely had to do it then and there."
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:
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: