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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.
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."
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 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 05/01/2014 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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