‘American Idol’ Finalists Caleb Johnson & Jena Irene Release Debut Singles: Listen

Carl Williott | May 16, 2014 - 6:43 am

Last night (May 15), Jena Irene and Caleb Johnson learned they’d been voted into the American Idol season 13 finale, and today the show has released the two finalists’ debut singles, ahead of next week’s finale where they’ll perform the tracks live for the first time.

Caleb’s debut single is called “As Long As You Love Me” (maybe trying to piggyback on some of that Bieber search traffic?) and was written by Justin Hawkins of The Darkness, with production from Howard Benson. (Hawkins also wrote “Music Again” for Adam Lambert’s first album.) As you can guess, it’s a strutting studio rocker, full of wailing vocal theatrics.

As for Jena, her single is “We Are One,” written by Anne Preven, Felicia Barton and Mitch Allan , with Allan handling production. It’s a glossy pop stomper, with Irene roaring like Katy Perry before an impressive Kelly Clarkson-like finish.

Hear the new songs below, and be sure to watch part one of the finale on Tuesday.

Whose single do you like better? Let us know in the comments.