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Originally posted 05/21/2014 10:10PM
More than 75,000 auditioned, but only one could become the 13th American Idol.
"It's going to be close, I would imagine," judge Harry Connick, Jr., told reporters after Tuesday night's performance finale of the final vote, which came down to Jena Irene Asciutto and Caleb Johnson.
And as he prophesized, it was anyone's guess who would become the Fox reality singing competition's latest winner.
Originally posted 05/21/2014 09:40PM
It took 13 seasons, but Ryan Seacrest finally sang on American Idol.
The host has often denied requests to hear him croon on the Fox reality singing competition. On Wednesday, however, he finally gave in at the season finale, where Jena Irene Asciutto and Caleb Johnson duked it out for the top prize.
Originally posted 05/21/2014 02:30PM
Finalists Jena Irene Asciutto and Caleb Johnson may have put on quite a show Tuesday night but the American Idol producers are pulling out all the stops for Wednesday night's finale.
Originally posted 05/20/2014 09:35PM
After 75,000 auditions, hundreds of Golden Tickets and countless performances, it came down to two – Caleb Johnson vs. Jena Irene – and a single song on Tuesday's American Idol.
The performance finale at the Nokia Theatre featured major contrasts – the old-school rocker with mega pipes against the teen powerhouse and first female wild-card pick to make it this far – as well as more drama than usual, as Johnson battled not only Irene but also an injured vocal cord.
Originally posted 05/20/2014 07:15PM
Caleb Johnson hopes to be crowned the next American Idol, but first he has to get through Tuesday night's performance finale.
"I had a vocal cord hemorrhage," Johnson told PEOPLE at a press conference Monday. "It is slowly getting better, but it's still not there 100 percent."
Johnson had been battling illness for a few weeks and was almost unable to perform last Wednesday on the FOX reality singing competition.
"I wasn't able to sing my songs the couple of days prior. I didn't get to rehearse. That was probably the most scared I've ever been – walking out on stage with no voice," he said. "That was a big challenge for me."
Originally posted 05/15/2014 10:35PM
With the finale just one week away, three young hopefuls anxiously waited to hear their fate on Thursday, but only two would become the top 2 on season 13 of American Idol.
Jena Irene Asciutto, Caleb Johnson and Alex Preston all gave strong performances Wednesday night, rejuvenated by their first trips home in over three months since becoming members of the top 13. But nerves and illness threatened their chances of being voted through to next week's finals.
"Today at rehearsals I couldn't sing at all," Johnson told PEOPLE Wednesday night of suffering from bronchitis. "So the doctor literally pumped adrenaline onto my vocal cords."
Keep reading for the results ...
Originally posted 05/15/2014 06:30AM
There was no place like home on Wednesday's American Idol, which celebrated its 500th episode with well wishes from former winners, as the final three visited their hometowns and had memorable performances in the lead-up to Tuesday's finale.
Powerhouse teen Jena Irene, hard rocker Caleb Johnson and indie artist Alex Preston each sang three songs, the first one selected by Randy Jackson, the second one by the judges and the final one picked by their hometowns.
It was not an easy night for Johnson, who was forced to sing with a small vocal cord hemorrhage that a doctor compared to "a runner running with a badly bruised ankle."
Originally posted 05/12/2014 05:15PM
A North Carolina textile entrepreneur locked in a too-close-to-call Democratic Party primary with former American Idol singer Clay Aiken has died.
Originally posted 05/09/2014 09:30AM
The American Idol judges may be staying together as a team, but the Top 4 still had to lose a member Thursday night.
After performing three songs each on Wednesday, the Top 4 appeared exhausted after the show. Still, the contestants were tentatively confident they had done all they could to win the hearts – and votes – of America.
Originally posted 05/08/2014 08:30PM
Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. will return to the American Idol judges table next season, a source confirms to PEOPLE.
Dubbed "the New Dream Team" last fall, the trio have had a "fantastic" experience on the reality competition, says the source.
"They like and respect each other a lot. What you see on camera is exactly what you get when they're off – fun, playful but they all take this job very seriously."
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