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American Idol Season 13 Winner is Caleb Johnson!

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Los Angeles, CA - (FOX 11 / 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."

He is to receive a recording contract as this season's champion.

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. He was joined on Richard Marx's "Right Here Waiting" by the singer-songwriter.

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.

The show, which hit a peak of 30.3 million viewers in the 2005-06 season, was drawing audiences in the single-digit millions this year.

"American Idol" has launched the careers of stars including Carrie Underwood and Jennifer Hudson.

From Julie Chang:

The Idol Title for Season 13 goes to Caleb Johnson!

The 23 year old from North Carolina proved to the world that it's worth it to NEVER GIVE UP. Caleb tried out for 3 consecutive years before winning it all. He becomes the 9th winner to come from the South.

Our Julie Chang talked to Caleb as well as runner up, Jena Irene. Despite losing out to Caleb, Jena, plans on taking her rival to her prom next week in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Awwww. That's pretty cute, right?! And never mind that Caleb blew out his vocal chords just before the finale...he still managed to serenade our Julie Chang with a unique jingle he came up with on the spot for Good Day LA.

Like we said...Caleb NEVER GIVES UP.





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