And The American Idol Winner Is…
“American Idol” has a new winner! Caleb Johnson was named the music competition’s season 13 champion on Wednesday’s big finale.
It’s an outstanding accomplishment for the singer. He previously auditioned in seasons 10 and 11 but failed both times to make it past Hollywood Week only to become a frontrunner this year. Now, after falling so short two years in a row, he managed to win the entire competition. That’s pretty incredible.
He beat Jena Irene to become the 2014 champion. Irene’s second-place finish was pretty remarkable too. The singer was one of the judges’ wild card picks, meaning she was on the verge of elimination until the panel decided to save her. She then amazingly made it all the way to the Final 2.
Johnson’s victory has him following in the footsteps of last year’s winner, Candice Glover. She also overcame previous “American Idol” rejection to earn redemption.
Other recent winners include Phillip Phillips and Scotty McCreery, both of whom returned this season to perform new music. The pair have been the first “Idol” champs in some time to go on to have some success. Johnson would be lucky to do the same, and now he’s officially on this way.
Check out video of the announcement below! Are you happy Johnson won?