A male rocker, not the usual country singer WGWG (White Guy With Guitar), wins American Idol XIII: Caleb Johnson of Asheville, North Carolina!
Caleb Johnson sings his debut single as ‘American Idol XIII’ winner
The 23-year-old former lead vocalist of a rock ’n roll band won over 17-year-old Jena Irene Asciutto of Farmington Hills, Michigan when the votes were tallied and announced Wednesday at Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, California.
‘American Idol XIII’ Top 2 Jena Irene and Caleb Johnson sing together on grand finale night
(Click link for the announcement of Caleb as American Idol 2014 winner http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1vzny1_final-results-american-idol-winner-crowned-idol-13_people)
Both finalists sang three songs each on Tuesday – American Idol Executive Producer Simon Fuller’s Choice, Contestant’s Idol Performance Choice and their debut single.
Judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr.
Caleb’s triumph is attributed to his strong performances of Dream On by former American Idol judge Steve Tyler of Aerosmith, Maybe I’m Amazed by Paul McCartney of the Beatles and As Long As You Love Me written by Justin Hawkins.
As Long As You Love Me is available on iTunes http://bit.ly/1nXVcq8
Jena Irene with her favorite Paramore
Jena Irene, on the other hand, performed Dog Days Are Over by Florence And The Machine, Elvis Presley’s Can’t Help Falling In Love and We Are One written by Mitch Allan, Anne Preven and Felicia Barton.
Jena’s We Are One is available on iTunes http://bit.ly/1nXUTvB
Caleb with the legendary KISS
The electric two-hour grand finale started with the video of Caleb and Jena’s auditions, then they came out on stage performing together.
The judges – Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. – along with former judge-turned-mentor Randy Jackson also performed.
Ryan Seacrest with Richard Marx on the piano
(Click link to watch their performance http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1vzmg8_hd-jlo-keith-harry-randy-medley-american-idol-13-finale_people)
Even host Ryan Seacrest had his own singing moment with the legendary Richard Marx for Right Here Waiting.
Unlike in previous seasons, Ryan did not disclose the number of votes cast and the difference between the winner and the runner-up this time.
The judges in a knockout performance
Other performances on grand finale night were third placer Alex Preston with Jason Mraz singing Love Someone together, Demi Lovato with the Idol girls, Aloe Blacc with the Idol boys, Sam Woolf with American Idol 2012 winner Phillip Phillips, Jennifer Lopez doing solo for her new single First Love, John Legend with Malaya Watson, Jena with Paramore and Caleb with KISS.
(Click link to watch John Legend’s performance of You And I, after which he sings his monster hit All Of Me with Malaya Watson http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1vzgvs_malaya-watson-john-legend-all-of-me-american-idol-13-finale_music)
John Legend raises the hand of Malaya Watson, who’s sporting a new look sans glasses and braces, after singing ‘All Of Me’
Soon after his proclamation, Caleb posted on Facebook expressing his gratitude to those who have been with him in this journey:
“Wow what an incredible journey thank you all so much from the bottom of my heart this is absolutely amazing I am at loss for words right now !!! Thank you to all the amazing people who watched voted and supported me throughout this show !! I cannot wait to release some original soulful heavy rock n roll music for you in the coming months !!! God bless each and everyone of you !!!:) What an honor and privilege ! Thank you all so much !”
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The new American Idol’s self-titled debut album will be released on August 12, 2014. His single is currently #162 on iTunes Top 200.
Meanwhile, the next season is reportedly going to be a one-night two-hour show instead of one-hour two-night program. It’s still going to be two nights during the audition episodes, though. Ryan Seacrest signed up for another year of hosting and the judges of Season 13 will be the same for Season 14.
Photos from www.americanidol.com
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