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American Idol Winner Caleb Johnson Escorts Runner-Up Jena Irene to Her Prom

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American Idol Winner Caleb Johnson Escorts Runner-Up Jena Irene Asciutto to Her Prom

Originally posted 05/29/2014 11:50AM

Forget being a sore loser. American Idol season 13 runner-up Jena Irene Asciutto had way too much fun spending time with eventual winner Caleb Johnson that she didn't want it to end with the finale.

Instead, the Michigan high school senior asked him to escort her to the prom.

"He's an awesome guy. We've been best friends for a couple months now. To bring him to meet all my friends is pretty cool," she said outside the North Farmington High School prom Wednesday evening, according to WWJ CBS radio in Detroit.

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Caleb Johnson: I'm 'Probably the Antithesis' of Past Idol Winners

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Caleb Johnson: I'm 'Probably the Antithesis' of Previous American Idol Winners

Originally posted 05/22/2014 12:00PM

Could Caleb Johnson's victory on American Idol take the show in an entirely new direction going forward?

If you ask the newly crowned champion – whose unconventional looks and powerful rock sound ultimately won over the audience this season – his answer is a resounding yes.

"I think for me, winning opens doors to all types of shapes and sizes and genres to come on the show and kill it," he told reporters Wednesday night shortly after his big win. "I'm probably the antithesis of what American Idols have been."

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Caleb Johnson Is the New American Idol!

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American Idol Crowns Caleb Johnson Its Winner!

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.

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5 Things You'll See on the American Idol Finale

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5 Things to Look Forward to Seeing on the American Idol Finale

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.

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American Idol: Jena Irene & Caleb Johnson Battle in the Finale

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American Idol: Jena Irene and Caleb Johnson Battle in the 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.

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Idol's Caleb Johnson: I May Need a Doctor's Note to Get Me Through Finale

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Caleb Johnson Injures Vocal Cord Before American Idol Finale

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."

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Sorry, America, Idol's Caleb Johnson 'Hated' That Aerosmith Song You Gave Him

Caleb Johnson Hated Singing America's Song Choice

Originally posted 05/01/2014 01:50PM

Good thing Steven Tyler isn't on the American Idol judging panel anymore!

In a week when viewers made the song choices for the singers, Caleb Johnson made no secret of his distaste for the Aerosmith track he was given.

"I hate that song," Johnson told PEOPLE frankly Wednesday after his performance of "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing." "I don't know why [America chose it]. I guess it was because it was a rock ballad."

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