Congrats, Caleb Johnson! The 23-year-old North Carolina native is the newest ‘American Idol’! HollywoodLife.com spoke with Caleb right after his winning moment, and he couldn’t believe that he won! Keep reading for his EXCLUSIVE interview.
Caleb Johnson is officially your American Idol! On the May 21 finale, the rocker went up against Jena Irene, and after a competitive season, he was named the winner! So what’s next for Caleb? He tells us all about his upcoming album!
Caleb Johnson Wins ‘American Idol’
Caleb Johnson’s life is about to change! The rock singer won Season 13 of American Idol and he can hardly believe it.
“This is crazy. This is absolutely nuts,” Caleb told HollywoodLife.com and reporters, after his big moment on May 21 in Los Angeles. “I can’t even begin to describe what’s running through my head right now. This is absolutely crazy. This is nuts.”
Caleb, who auditioned twice before he was finally let onto the show — let alone, winning! — and absolutely stunned throughout the entire season with his powerhouse vocals so it’s no surprise that he nabbed the big title. So why is he so surprised?
“I’m probably the antithesis of what American Idols have been,” Caleb admitted, referring to his rock persona. “American Idol [has] always been a pop show and I’m [singing] Rock ‘n roll…I sang Rush and Led Zeppelin and Aretha Franklin and Adele so what is so crazy is I think this is the first season that a rock ‘n roll singer has won. Not just pop rock but actual rock ‘n roll.”
We loved watching Caleb rocking out all season long, and clearly viewers did, too! But Caleb explained why he’s bringing a new vibe to the series’ history. “Some of the viewers that watch didn’t like it because they are used to the show being very nice-looking people, and I think that this is so cool because it’s…incredibly humbling and an exciting thing…me winning opens doors to all types of shapes and sizes and genres to come on the show and kill it.”
Caleb Johnson Beat Jena Irene
Jena Irene, of course, was another unique artist who came close, but didn’t make the cut. Caleb and Jena were great friends so what did he say to her, after he won?
“I was like holy smokes, I can’t believe that I won this,” Caleb said. “It’s funny because Jena’s mom couldn’t picture me as the American idol — she told me that — I mean seriously look at me. It’s so crazy to me!”
Caleb has nothing but respect for Jena (the two are going to prom together, after all)!
And Jena is proud of Caleb for his victory. “Prom is May 28th and I do get to go and Caleb is actually coming with me,” Jena said backstage after the big finale. “So I’m bringing the American Idol as my date.”
Sounds like a pretty sweet deal to us!
What Can We Expect From Caleb’s Upcoming Album?
Caleb’s album comes out in August, and it’s safe to say it’ll be hardcore rock n’ roll.
“I’m really going to buckle down and [it’s] going to be some badass songs,” Caleb EXCLUSIVELY told HollywoodLife.com. “It’s going to be really soulful and have a lot of depth and heavy.”
He plans to offer something different that hasn’t been done before. “There’s so much amazing music out there that nobody hears about because nobody gives it the chance to listen to it…I want to do a rock opera. I want to do something crazy like a zombie rock opera. I want to do some crazy out there shit!”
We’re all game — and so is Jena!
“I’m pre-ordering Caleb’s album,” Jena told us EXCLUSIVELY. “He’s just going to do such amazing things. I think he is the next generation of rock and roll and that’s so exciting.”
HollywoodLifers, are you happy that Caleb won or would you have preferred to see Jena, as the next American Idol? Will you buy Caleb’s album? Let us know!
— Written by Elizabeth Wagmeister, Reporting by Russ Weakland