‘American Idol': Caleb Johnson Wins Season 13

By: Mike Wass / May 21, 2014

Well, this is something of a surprise! Jena Irene was favored to win season 13 of American Idol (at least according to social media commentators) but Caleb Johnson walked away victorious. The 23-year-old from Asheville, North Carolina also made history as the first hard rock/heavy metal singer to win the talent show. Congratulations!

While ratings have been down this season, American Idol finally delivered the goods with a spectacular finale. There were killer performances by judge Jennifer Lopez, Disney diva Demi Lovato and even a duet by Ryan Seacrest and ’80s pop icon Richard Marx. Check back tomorrow for a full recap of tonight’s (may 21) show but watch Caleb’s winner’s single “As Long As You Love Me” in the meantime. Find it after the jump.

Did Caleb deserve the title or was Jena robbed? Have your say in the comments below.

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