“They weren't going to let an Australian win [on American Idol].”
“I got this call: 'Michael, this is Diane Warren. Don't worry how I got your number; I got it,''' recalls Johns. ''It's been an absolutely crazy year.”
Bio: Michael Johns (born Michael John Lee in Perth, Australia on October 20, 1978) is an American singer. He rose to fame when became a finalist on American Idol during its seventh season in 2008. Following his stint on the show, he joined the finalists on tour in 2008. He worked on the music for snowboarder Shaun White’s documentary Don’t Look Down. He released his album, Hold Back My Heart, in 2009. Three years later, he released an EP, Love and Sex. He died suddenly on Aug. 1, 2014 of a reported blood clot.
Best Known For: Michael Johns is best known for being a finalist on the seventh season of American Idol, alongside David Archuleta and winner David Cook.
Personal Life: Michael married Stacey Vuduris in 2007. The singer died on Aug. 1, 2014 of a reported blood clot.