Caleb Johnson was crowned ‘American Idol’ on the May 21 finale, and obviously, many viewers are divided — including myself. Jena Irene should have won!
Caleb Johnson was named the next American Idol on the May 21 finale, and while there’s no question that Caleb is talented, worked hard, and deserved it, I’m a little disappointed that the title didn’t go to the more versatile Jena Irene. Read on and tell me if you agree!
Jena Irene Should Have Won ‘American Idol’ Season 13 — Not Caleb Johnson
Caleb has A Thing and he does it well — he’s an ’80s rocker who has time-traveled to 2014 to melt faces, and that’s great. Caleb has proved that not only can he be a vocal powerhouse (see: his performance of Led Zeppelin‘s “Dazed And Confused”), but he can also slow it down for songs like Paul McCartney‘s “Maybe I’m Amazed”.
However, no matter what song he sings, they end in the same way — with him yelling and throwing mic stands. It’s an amazing thing to see, of course, but it’s not super indicative of a versatile performer — not like Jena.
Jena can sing songs that bring people to tears — her performance of Elvis Presley‘s “Can’t Help Falling In Love” was so beautiful that Jennifer Lopez just had to get up from her judges’ chair and give Jena a hug and a kiss on the cheek. I mean, if that’s not a ringing endorsement for the Idol title, I’m not really sure what is.
She can also sing huge pop songs like “Clarity”, getting the people on their feet. “Get those glow sticks out,” anyone?
Caleb Johnson’s Winner’s Single Was Written For Kelly Clarkson
It’s true that Jena may still be figuring out who she is as a performer — she is only 17, after all — but why wouldn’t America want a performer that can be molded into basically the perfect musical package? Caleb is pretty firmly in his lane, and it’s a bit of a dated one.
Don’t get me wrong — I really do love Caleb as a person and as a performer, but I just don’t think that he was America’s best choice. Another very valid concern is that Caleb will have songs written for him that don’t suit him whatsoever, where Jena can make anything work. For an American Idol‘s first album, I’m pretty sure it’s not anyone’s concern for them to be putting out original work.
For example, Caleb’s winning single, “As Long As You Love Me,” was originally written for Kelly Clarkson, a source revealed to HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY.
All this to say that I’m still firmly #TeamJena, and that she should have won American Idol Season 13. Do you agree, HollywoodLifers? Vote above and comment below!
— Amanda Michelle Steiner