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Ryan Seacrest announced Caleb Johnson as American Idol Season 13 winner. Caleb was the front winner throughout the season of the live performances. Caleb came out ready to win Tuesday night. Last week Caleb rocked out his performances with a bruised vocal chordCaleb beat out Jena Irene. The two became best friends and Caleb will be escorting Jena to prom this year.

Caleb’s album is set to release August 12, 2014 and his single “As Long As You Love Me” can be downloaded on iTunes now. Both Caleb and Jena will join other Season 13 finalist for the American Idol Tour that launches June 24. The Top 10 will perform 41 show concerts.

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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The Top 3 perform on American Idol during Idol’s 500th episode. Each contestant sang three songs. Randy chose first round songs, the judges chose the second round of songs, and the contestants’ hometowns chose the third round.

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Caleb Johnson

Randy chose “Never Tear Us Apart by Inxs” for Caleb Johnson. Caleb has a bruised vocal cord and is suffering from bronchitis. Keith said he did a really great job. Jennifer told Caleb, “you on your worst night is better the people on their best night.”

“Demons” by Imagine Dragons was the judges’ pick for Caleb. Jennifer told Caleb to rely on the emotion and the lyric to help his performance while he is sick. The judges agreed he did a great job.

Caleb’s hometown, Asheville, NC, chose “Dazed and Confused” by Led Zeppelin. Caleb saved everything he had for this performance. Jennifer rocked out the entire performance and the audience chanted his name afterwards. Jennifer said it was “a true idol moment.” Harry loved him taking full advantage of the opportunity.

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Alex Preston

Alex’s first song was Bastille’s Pompeii. Alex had Jennifer once he picked up the percussion and started playing during his performance.  Harry and Keith thought there were a few shaky spots. Keith said he is at his best when he is playing an instrument.

Alex took on Rihanna’s “Stay.” All three judges loved his performance. Jennifer said he made them forget about Rihanna.

Alex’s hometown, Mount Vernon, NH, selected “Story Of My Life” by One Direction. Harry thought it was strong and another classic Alex performance. Keith thought he came down after the previous performance.

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Jena Irene

Jena first performed “Titanium” by David Guetta and Sia. Harry thought the performance was strong and hit all the critical notes. Jennifer said the beginning was shaky and the performance “felt a little stiff.”

Judges chose “Heart Attack” by Demi Lovato for Jena.  Keith loves when she is on stage with the band. Jennifer said she did great and it felt free compared to the first performance.

Jena’s high school, North Farmington High, chose “Creep” By Radio Head. Harry thought “it was a great way to end the show.” Keith thinks her progress throughout the competition is mind blowing. Jennifer said Jena “is going to be so hard to beat.”

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The Top 4 of American Idol performed three songs representing make ups and break ups.

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Caleb Johnson
Caleb started off the night with “You Give Love A Bad Name” by Bon Jovi. All three judges loved his performance. Caleb has been consistently good throughout the competition.

Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Travelin Brand” was Caleb’s second choice of song. Harry stated, “This isn’t really a critique because I thought it was fantastic.”

“Maybe I’m Amazed” by Paul McCartney was Caleb’s choice for his make up song. Caleb showed his softer side and it was a phenomenal performance. Caleb got Jennifer and Keith out of their seats to applaud him. Keith said he nailed it. Jennifer thought it was his best performance since the beginning.

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Jena Irene
Jena chose Heart Breaker by Pat Benatar as her heart break song. Keith didn’t think she was a fully committed to ther performance. Jennifer disagreed and thought it was a great performance. Harry agreed with Keith and thought there was a disconnect between the song and her movement.

“Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga was Jena’s second song to perform. Jena chose to change the arrangement of the song. Keith really liked how she changed the melody of the chorus. Jennifer thinks she gives Caleb a run for his money, but didn’t like the change.

Jena wowed fans with a beautiful version of Elvis Presley’s “I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You.” She also had Keith and Jennifer up at the end. Jennifer then came around and gave Jena a kiss. Jena’s performance gave Jenniferthe chills. Jennifer said it is the king’s song and she “reinvented it.” Harry thought it was “absolutely incredible.” Keith stated Jena is a “musical platypus” because she is so unique.

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Jessica Meuse
Jessica heart break song was Kelly Clarkston’s “Since You Been Gone.” Jennifer thought she had the right attitude, but didn’t think it was the right song for her. Harry said it wasn’t her best performance.

Jessica’s second song was So What” by Pink. The performance lacked the intensity Pink brings. All three judges agreed that the song wasn’t right for her.

Jessica chose “You and I” by Lady Gaga as her make up song. This performance was better than the first two. Keith thought it was the perfect song for her. Harry thought she “came out swinging with the perfect song.”

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Alex Preston
Alex Preston performed “Too Close” by Alex Clare. Harry liked the performance. Jennifer’s only concern is how he is going to be able to top Jena and Caleb. She thought it was good, but advises him to create more moments during his performances.

Alex dedicated Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours” to his girlfriend. Jennifer said it stayed linear again. Harry thought there wasn’t anything different from the original and was looking for him to put the Alex spin on it.

Alex Closed the night with a great performance of “Yellow” by Coldplay.” Harry said Alex needed that performance. Keith described how Alex had “poetic vulnerability.”

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America requested the songs the Top 5 performed on American Idol. Jason Mraz, singer/song writer,  joined Randy Jackson as coach.

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Alex Preston

“Sweater Weather” by Neighbourhood- Alex made the song more up tempo. Keith advised him not to be afraid to hit high notes. Harry thought it was a strong opening to the show.

“Say Something” by Great Big World- Alex gave a great performance tha was full of emotion.Keith said it was “a perfect marriage between song and artist.”

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Caleb Johnson

“Don’t Want to Miss A Thing” by Areosmith- Caleb made the song into a ballad. Jennifer said he sang it beautiful even though it was a difficult song for him. Keith felt his emotion is hidden by his skill.

“Still of the Night” by Whitesnake- Caleb had Keith and Jennifer up by the first half of the performance. He was amazing. The crowd went crazy. Jennifer said, “that is what’s called bringing down the house.”

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Jessica Meuse

“Human” by Christina Perri- Jessica started off rough and the performance was quite boring. Vocally it came together. All the judges thought when she tapped into parts of the song she did good and needs to lose herself in the moment more.

“Summertime Sadness” Lana Del Rey-  Once again Jessica did good vocally, but had no connection.  Harry thought it was a perfect song for Jessica because she has an incredible voice. Keith thinks she needs to connect more emotionally. Jennifer agreed with Keith and wanted her to dig in more.

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Sam Woolf

“Sing” by  Ed Sheeran- The performance was a bit awkward. Keith said it was a tough song and given that, Sam did as much as he could do.

“How To Save A Life” by The Fray- Sam’s performance was rocky. Jennifer thought it was good towards the end. Harry said there were pitch issues and it was all one volume.

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Jena Irene

“My Body” by Young The Giant”- Jena rocked out her performance as usual. She sounded good and owned the stage. Jennifer said it exciting to watch her develop as an artist. Harry thought her movement on the stage makes her stand out from the other contestants.

“Valarie” by Amy Winehouse- Jena showcased how unique her voice is. Keith said her vocals are killer. Jennifer didn’t like the arrangement.

Collaborations

Sam, Alex, & Jena- “Best Day of My Life” by American Authors
Jena out shined the boys. Sam showed he has no rythym.

Jacob & Jessica-  “Beast of Burden” by Rolling Stones
Jessica didn’t match Jacob’s intensity. Overall it was an ok performance.

 

David Cook, American Idol season 7 winner, came back to mentor the Top 8. Each artist must sing a song for them 1980s.

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Jena Loves Rock N Roll

Jena Irene started off the show strong with a slowed down version of “I love Rock N Roll.” She started on the piano and slowly picked up the tempo.  Jennifer wanted more rock n roll, but she did like the performance and how Jena put her own stamp on it. Harry thought it felt choreographed.


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Dexter Switches It Up

Dexter finally did something the judges weren’t expecting with “Keep Your Hands To Yourself.” Last week the judges asked Dexter to do something different instead of the popular current country anthems.  The thought he did a good job this week. Keith did tell him he was stiff in the beginning and not to worry so much.


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Malaya Watson Goes Through The Fire

Malaya attempted the Shaka Khan’s classic. For the first time, Malaya didn’t received praise from the judges. Keith and Jennifer told her to relax because she naturally can sing demanding songs. Harry felt she sacrificed majority of the song to hit the big note at the end.


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 Jessica Meuse Sings A Blondie Classic

Jessica chose “Call Me” for 80s week. She looked uncomfortable and focused more on her moment then the song at times. Harry said she needed to feel the groove and sing in the pocket. Keith is waiting for her to release.


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Sam Woolf Improves

Sam Woolf did a solo acoustic version of “Time After Time.” The judges explained they saved him because of his musical capabilities. Jennifer thought he did a good job. With all the girls in the audience Harry noticed he looked at the camera the entire time. Harry also told Sam to look Ricky Nelson on YouTube so he could learn from him.


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Alex Preston Takes On The Police

Alex had the Jennifer in disagreement with Harry and Keith with his version of “Every Breath You Take.”   Harry suggests making it more stage worthy because the coffee house approach is going to catch up to him. Keith agreed with Harry. Jennifer thought changing it up as much as he did “lost the soul of the song.”


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C.J. Harris Goes Free Fallin

C.J.  Tom Petty Jennifer said it started of shaky, but she enjoyed it. Harry thinks he has a connection that is indescribable. This connection is something the others do not have. Keith explained there is a survivor tone in C.J’s voice that he loves.


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Caleb Closes Out The Show With A Bang

Caleb Johnson rocked out “Faithfully” by Journey. Keith brought out his lighter app during the performance. Jennifer thought it was amazing and that he murdered it. Caleb started off soft and slow in which is something he hasn’t done before making Harry proud. Harry said he has been waiting for him to do this and liked the performance.


Duets

During duets judges are not allowed to critique their performance. Jennifer said she likes what the duets are doing for the contestants and their opening up.

Sam  and Alex : “The Girl Is Mine” by Micheal Jackson- They did the song no justice.

Jena and Caleb: “It’s Only Love” by Brian Adams and Tina Turner- Their powerful voices matched well.

Malaya and C.J:  “I Knew You Were Watching” by Aretha Franklin and George Michael. They gave a fun performance

Jessica and Dexter: “Islands In The Stream” by Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers: Performance was boring and didn’t come close to the original.

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Jessica Opens The Show

Jessica Meuse opened the show with her original song, “Blued Eye Lie.” Harry Connick, Jr thought it was a “Great, Great way to open the show.” The judges liked Jessica’s performance as well as her song. She wrote the song about her ex.


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C.J. Is Back

C.J. Harris did a retake of The Allman Brothers’ “Soul Shine” reminding everyone why he got his ticket to Hollywood. This was his best performance of the live shows and better then the first time.  Jennifer Lopez praised C.J. saying, “there’s something that comes from you that touches my heart…you have an amazing voice it sounded so soulful and heartful.”


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Sam Woolf Still Has No Connection

Did a slower version for “Lego House” than he did in auditions. Girls were screaming, “I love you Sam,” after the performance. Harry told him all he did to do is acknowledge the ladies in the crowd to fix his problems with connecting. Keith Urban said he is improving every week.


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Malaya On Fire

“Malaya on Fire” was the first words out of Keith’s mouth. Malaya Watson channeled Aretha  Franklin singing her song, “Ain’t No Way.”  Malaya had a great performance as usual.  Harry thinks Malaya is a “gold mine of talent.” Jennifer praised saying,  “you’re going to run away with this competition.”


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Dexter Roberts Changes It Up

Jennifer to Dexter, “You showed us.” Last week the judges challenged Dexter to do something different. Dexter sang “One Mississippi” in a way they never heard him sing before. Harry expressed he really needed this performance and “it was a perfect song.”


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Jena Irene’s Interesting Take On An Adele Classic

Jena slowed down “Rolling In The Deep.” Jena intensified the performance towards the end with her rock voice. This performance was so much better than the first time she performance it. Keith thought “it was incredibly bold” because she didn’t revert back to Adele’s version of the song.


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Caleb Mixes Soul With Rock

Caleb Johnson first sang “Chain of Fools” acapella during his first audition. This time he had the band behind him. His performance was big and powerful.  Keith said Caleb is “a rock and roll Viking.” Harry would love to see him to try something that isn’t so loud next week.


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Alex Preston Stays True To Himself

Alex performed his original song, “Fairytales.” He wrote the song as a heart broken kid. Alex’ performance was full of passion. All the judges expressed they enjoyed the performance. Jennifer said the reason they liked him them are the reasons they like him know. Throughout the season he has stuck with his style.


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 Duets

For the first night the contestants sang duets. Judges we’re not able to give comment after the duets.

Jena and Alex “Just Give Me A Reason”-Jena out powered Alex, but the Alex thought “it was cool because we have such different voices.”

Jessica and Caleb “Stop Dragging My Heart Around”- Caleb rated their performance 11 out of 10.  Though the judges couldn’t comment they applauded the duo with excitement.

Malaya and Sam “Lucky”-Sam fell to the background while Malaya shined.

C.J. and Dexter “Alright”-The country duo had the judges singing along with them. Their performance was good and entertaining.

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Top 9 Take On Rock Melody

American Idol’s Top 9 opened Wednesday night’s show with a rock melody consisting of Rolling Stones, Cold Play, and Fall Out Boys hits. The band drowned out most of contestants, but performance was full of energy and excitement. This week the band joined each contestant on stage.


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Alex Sucks The Energy Out of No Doubt Song

Every week  Alex Preston brings a chill vibe to his performance. This week it wasn’t enough to wow the judges with his rendition of No Doubt’s “Don’t Speak.” Alex’s performance was soft and mellow while No Doubt’s version is very raw and powerful. Keith Urban wanted more edge in the Alex’s vocal delivery while Jennifer Lopez said he “sucked the energy out of the song.” Harry Connick Jr. would like to see him physically move around the stage.


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Majesty Rose Breaks Out Of Her Shell

Majesty Rose sang Florence and the Machine’s “Shake it Out.”  She had the crowd up and dancing. Though her performance was good, Majesty’s vocals were what Jennifer Lopez says, “all over the place.”  Harry thought she was close to owning the stage and liked the performance.


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Dexter’s Performance Gets Out Shined By a Gummy Bear

Dexter Roberts took on “Boondocks” by Little Big Town.” Keith gave Harry a giant grape Gummy Bear in which created a huge interruption to the judges’ critique. All judges lost focus of Dexter as Harry and Jennifer both took bites. All three agreed Dexter needs to show another side since all the songs he picks are generic and he needs to find a way to make a song his own.


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Malaya Watson Sings Beatles’ Classic 

“Gosh that was Beautiful Baby,” were the first word spoken by Keith Urban. Malaya’s performed “The Long and Winding Road.” It was a wowing and powerful rendition of The Beatles’ classic. Jennifer thought Malaya sounded like a “young Michael Jackson.”


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Sam Woolf Strips Down “Hey There Delilah”

Judges loved Sam Woolf’s choice in stripping down the arrangement. Harry thought it “was very smart” and most comfortable he’s seen him all season. Sam failed to connect to the audience. Jennifer wanted to know if there was a Delilah he was even singing to. By visualizing someone or picking someone in the audience could have helped.


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Jessica Meuse Changes Things Up

Jessica Meuse went without her guitar while performing Fleetwood Mac’s “Rahiannon.” Both Harry and Jennifer saw Jessica had more confidence and was connecting with the audience more. This is a side to Jessica the audience hasn’t seen before. Her Stevie Nicks style resemblance was even more present Thursday Night.


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JLo Gets Brutally Honest with C.J. Harris

Jennifer Lopez started nice, but it soon went sour.  Each judge thought C.J.’s version of “If It Hadn’t Been For Love” was a good song choice. Jennifer said C.J. “started off good, in the middle went off, and came back at the end.” She didn’t know when he was on the melody or off the melody because she wasn’t familiar with the song. Harry suggested for C.J. to work on his pitch.


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Caleb Johnson Goes “Dazed and Confused”

 Caleb Johnson did an amazing  job with a Led Zeppelin classic. Keith and Jennifer gave him a standing ovation. Jennifer said, “the performance itself was sexy.” Caleb led the band in which took it to another level.  Harry said the band and Caleb were going head to head and it was great.


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Jena Irene Brings It Home

After a phenomenal performance by Caleb judges was worried if Jena could back it up. She did just that with “Bring Me To Life” by Evanesce.  All the judges applauded her efforts and thought she did a great job. Jennifer said she loved the performance, but “wanted it to be more messy” with hair flipping.