LOS ANGELES (AP) — Big-voiced rocker Caleb Johnson is the season 13 American Idol winning the title over teenage pop singer Jena Irene.

“This is crazy,” Johnson said after host Ryan Seacrest announced the TV audience’s decision on Wednesday’s season finale of the Fox contest.

Johnson, 23, of Asheville, North Carolina, and Irene, 17, of Farmington Hills, Michigan, told each other “you da bomb” before the result was revealed.

Runner-up Irene is getting a consolation prize: The two competitors and friends are set to attend her high school prom, Seacrest said.

Seacrest did not announce the number of votes cast, as was routine when the show drew huge audiences and impressive vote tallies. American Idol which long reigned as TV’s top-rated show, now is a moderately successful, top 20 performer.

Johnson’s win came on the strength of his renditions Tuesday of “Dream On,” ”Maybe I’m Amazed” and “As Long as You Love Me,” intended as his first single. Irene sang “Dog Days Are Over,” ”Can’t Help Falling in Love” and “We Are One.”

The two-hour finale included performances by John Legend, Kiss, Demi Lovato and Lady Antebellum. It also showcased a song by judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr., with judge-turned-mentor Randy Jackson joining in.

Even Seacrest took a turn crooning, proving as a singer he’s a great host.

NBC’s singing contest The Voice, which leapfrogged American Idol in the ratings, has leaned heavily on its performer-coaches to boost audience interest.

Fox, acknowledging the glory days of American Idol are behind it, said it likely will cut the show from two nights a week to one next season, after the initial auditions.

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3 thoughts on “Rocker Caleb Johnson Wins ‘American Idol’

  1. redbone1954 on said:

    Oh I forgot AI was even on it is going to a slow death huh??? They need to just take it off the air it is dead in the water and no one really cares about it anymore. It’s heyday is over and they need to realize that and just go away. It’s had it’s time and it is over the fact that they are taliking about only showing it one day a week now proves that it is OVER face it and go away!

  2. Diamondgrrl55 on said:

    So I ate dinner and prepared everything for my day tomorrow and had no time to watch idol. Decided to check my email before I layed down and call it a night… Only to see that the writer of this article has announced the winner! So much for me having the DVR set to record idol automatically for me because I don’t always get a chance to watch it same day or may be a hr or so late. Nice going for announcing the winner in your title of the article. Well geeze what’s done is done, guess I don’t have to watch it now.

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