The ‘American Idol’ Season 13 finale has finally arrived, and on May 21, America chose either Caleb Johnson or Jena Irene to be their next ‘Idol’. Find out who won!
After four long but exciting months of American Idol, the season is finally wrapping on May 21 and it was down to either Caleb Johnson or Jena Irene to take it home. Read on to find out who won and tell us who your pick was!
‘American Idol’ Finale Recap: Caleb & Jena Open The Show By Performing Together
Caleb and Jena started the night off with a bang, Caleb singing “We Will Rock You,” which segued into Jena singing No Doubt‘s “Just A Girl”; then, the two finished their performance off with “It’s Only Love,” originally by Bryan Adams and Tina Turner. If you’ll recall, they sang this together during the Top 8 for Songs From The ’80s.
After the break, my boyfriend Sam Woolf and Season 11 Idol winner Phillip Phillips hit the stage to sing “Home” and it sounded amazing on that Nokia Theater stage. Incidentally, forgot how cute Phillip is. Just saying.
The next superstar performance was a duet between Jennifer Nettles and Jessica Meuse; Jennifer sang her song “That Girl” first, and then Jessica joined her onstage as they both sang Miley Cyrus‘ “Wrecking Ball”.
‘American Idol’ Finale Recap: Jennifer Lopez & Kiss Perform
This night is just nonstop action, isn’t it? Jennifer Lopez was next to perform with her new “First Love” wearing a sort of flapper-style bikini number — no idea. For all the nitty gritty details on flawless JLo’s flawless performance, go HERE.
Next up was Kiss, singing “Love Gun” and “Shout It Out Loud” with Caleb. It was a lot of fun, but the best part is when Caleb brought his brother — a huge Kiss fan — onstage. He had his face painted and everything, the adorable nugget.
‘American Idol’ Finale Recap: Aloe Blacc & Demi Lovato Perform With ‘Idol’ Guys & Girls
Not to be outdone, Demi Lovato performed with the Idol girls two of her songs — “Don’t Really Care” and “Neon Lights”. Majesty Rose, Kristen O’Connor, Emily Piriz, Malaya Watson, Jessica Meuse and Jena joined her onstage for a totally incredible, engaging performance. One of my favorites of the night, for sure!
‘American Idol’ Finale Recap: Paramore, John Legend & Jason Mraz Perform
Jena opened her performance with Paramore on the piano, singing “Decode” — which she also sang in the Top 11 for Songs From The Cinema. We always love Jena behind her piano! Then, Paramore began to sing their song “Ain’t It Fun” along with Jena. Jena has mentioned that Paramore is one of her favorite bands — and she just opened for them! How cool is that? All the details on their performance HERE.
John Legend was the next huge performer to hit the stage for his song “You And I” on the piano, and then my best girl Malaya got onstage with him!! They sang “All Of Me” together. Girl ditched her braces and glasses for their duet and she looked and sounded sooo beautiful.
My other boyfriend, Alex, did his best coffeehouse performance with Jason Mraz for his song “Love Someone” — it was totally beautiful, and it proved that there’s room for a chart-topping singer with a soft voice and an acoustic guitar. Duh, Jason is doing it right now. I guess America is just not ready for a non-powerhouse Idol!
‘American Idol’ Finale Recap: Ryan Seacrest Sings — It’s Not Good — And The Judges & Randy Perform
Oh, geez. Randy Jackson appeared to announce that he’d been harassing host Ryan Seacrest to do a performance of his own — and he did. Ryan sang a few bars of “Right Here Waiting For You”, and it was insane. Richard Marx came out from behind a curtain to finish off the song for him — it was for the best. You know the drill — click HERE for all the deets on that hot mess!
Can you believe that the superstar performances are still coming? Next up was Darius Rucker singing “True Believers” and then CJ and Dexter joined him to finish off the performance with Darius’ song “Alright”. Dexter and CJ sang that song together when they were in the Top 8 for Back To The Start week.
Performing their new song “Bartender”, Lady Antebellum were next up on the Nokia Theater stage. No Idol finalist joined them, however — kinda strange! This would’ve been a good one for Jessica, for sure. Click HERE for all the details on their performance!
For the final performance of the night, Jennifer, Randy, Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban hit the stage to perform “True Colors” and “Go Your Own Way” together — click HERE for details on this last, amazing performance!
‘American Idol’ Finale Recap: The Final Results
Let’s not keep you in suspense any longer: the winner… is… CALEB JOHNSON!
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Did you love this bombastic finale? Was Caleb your choice for the win? Or are you disappointed that Jena didn’t make it?
— Amanda Michelle Steiner
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