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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

American Idol

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

American Idol

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 Shocking Twist: Finalist Reveals Why She Voted Against Immunity for All | Alex Preston, Caleb Johnson, Jena Irene, Jessica Meuse, Randy Jackson, Sam Woolf

American Idol's Jena Irene Reveals Why She Voted Against Immunity for All

Originally posted 05/02/2014 11:25AM

Which two American Idol contestants chose to have one of their own sent home on Thursday, rather than give everyone immunity?

The vote was anonymous, but PEOPLE can now reveal who voted for immediate elimination – rather than wait a week and have two people sent home then.

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5 Secrets From Behind the Scenes at American Idol

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Go Behind the Scenes at American Idol

Originally posted 03/27/2014 07:15PM

American Idol has been on the air for 13 seasons, but somehow there are still plenty of behind-the-scenes tidbits you can't see from home.

"There is a lot of stuff that I did not know," contestant Dexter Roberts tells PEOPLE.

So what are these unearthed gems? Here are five secrets about the FOX reality show.

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