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A Rock Showdown On American Idol Finale

Jena Irene and Caleb Johnson had to sing three rounds during American Idol’s Finale. They sang producer Simon Fuller’s pick in the first round. The artist picked their favorite song to perform in the second round. Both artists performed their winner song if chosen as American Idol winner in the third round.

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Jena Irene

Simon Fuller chose “Dog Days Are Over” by Florence and The Machine for Jena. She gave a high-energy performance. Keith said Jena’s progress has been phenomenal, but there was issues with breath control.  Harry asked her to put that song on her album.

Jena chose “Can’t Help Falling In Love” by Elvis Presley as her second performance.  Harry said what separates her from other performers she can put her own take on it. Keith explained how Jena’s first performance of the Elvis’ hit inspired another artist to sing it referring to Christina Grimmie from The Voice. Jena’s version and performance was better.

If Jena wins her single will be “We Are One.” Jennifer thought the song suited her. Keith loved the song and thought it was perfect for her.

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Caleb Johnson

Caleb came out swinging with “Dream On” by Aerosmith. Jennifer said that song might have done it for him. Keith said Caleb had him from the beginning of the song.

Paul McCartney’s “Maybe I’m Amazed” was Caleb’s second round pick.  Keith and Jennifer both thought he was holding back and needed more emotion.

Caleb’s winner song is “As Long As You Love Me.” Jennifer said she felt that he put it all out there. Keith said he is dying to see what happens tomorrow.

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Round One Winner- Caleb won because his performance was more powerful, full of excitement, and effortless.

Round Two Winner-Jena won because she was full of emotion, showed her vocal range, and had control of the song.

Round Three- Tie, though both songs were written for the contestants, the songs put restraints on what they could do during their performances.

Ashley Rae, new media journalist, beginning her career in television in 2007 at Comcast Television. She started freelance writing in summer of 2013 for local newspapers and is a video journalist for Lareena Larue. Ashley Rae has a B.A. in Communication/Electronic Media from the University of Michigan and a M.A. in New Media Journalism from Full Sail University.