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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.
Keith Urban had a front-row seat on American Idol all season at the judges' table, but his favorite place to watch the show was at home with his wife, Nicole Kidman.
"We always watch it together," Urban told reporters Wednesday before Caleb Johnson was crowned the winner of season 13. "It's a delayed telecast out here [in Los Angeles], so we go home and watch it together. We get in our jammies and watch it. It's a good look."
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."
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.
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.
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.
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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