'American Idol' Finale Recap: Caleb Johnson Beats Out Jena Irene For The Title
American Idol’s season 13 finale on Wednesday night featuring finalists Jena Irene and Caleb Johnson included a number of performances by the two remaining contestants – as well as from eliminated contestants, the judges and a host of well-known talent.
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The show began with Irene and Johnson collaborating on a medley of Queen’s “We Will rock You,” “Just a Girl” by No Doubt and Tina Turner and Bryan Adams’ “It’s Only Love.” Separately, both finalists got to sing with their musical inspirations. Johnson had the chance of sharing a stage with KISS for “Love Gun” and “Shout It Out Loud,” while Irene sang Paramore's “Decode” before she was joined by the band for “Aint It Fun.”
Previous American Idol winner Philip Phillips sang "Home" with Sam Woolf before launching into his new single “Raging Fire.” Jessica Meuse sang “Wrecking Ball with Jennifer Nettles after she performed “That Girl.” Malaya Watson got the chance to sing “All of Me” with John Legend, who also performed “You and I.” Alex Preston sang “Love Someone” with his idol Jason Mraz and Dexter Roberts and C.J. Harris took on “Alright” with Darius Rucker.
All the male finalists from this year came together to sing “The Man” with Aloe Blacc, while the female artists were joined by Demi Lovato to sing “Don’t Really Care” and “Neon Lights.” Richard Marx hopped on the Idol stage for “Right Here Waiting” and Lady Antebellum performed their latest single “Bartender.”
Idol judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. banded together with mentor Randy Jackson for a mash-up of Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors” and Fleetwood Mac’s “Go Your Own Way.” Lopez also took the stage alone to perform her newest single “First Love.”
Following the star-studded performances, it was time for Ryan Seacrest to announce who was the winner of American Idol’s 13th season – classic rocker Caleb Johnson.
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