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American Idol

Season 13 Episode 38

Two Finalists Perform

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM May 20, 2014 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Two Finalists Perform
In Part 1 of the two-part Season 13 finale, the Top 2 finalists perform at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles.

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  • Top 2

    Not the best performances, but they were all strong. Caleb vs. Jena is the rightful finale, and these two made it very close for the fans to decide.
Jena Irene

Jena Irene

Finalist (Season 13)

Caleb Johnson

Caleb Johnson

Finalist (Season 13)

Harry Connick Jr.

Harry Connick Jr.

Judge (Season 13)

Keith Urban

Keith Urban

Judge (Season 12 +)

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez

Judge (Season 10, 11 & 13)

Ryan Seacrest

Ryan Seacrest


Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • There were no video clips before any of the song.

    • Matt Hicks, from the show "I Wanna Marry Harry" was in the audience tonight.

    • After the first two performances of each, the contestants walked over to the side of the stage to stand next to Randy, who brought out their number from the season, as the phone number appeared on screen.

    • At the end of the episode all the Top 13 (minus MK who had gotten very sick and was unable to be at the finale), sang "Breakaway" by Kelly Clarkson, as images from the season were shown. This was the coronation song, that played during the goodbye videos, this season.

    • This episode's Twitter hashtags were: #Hollywood, #IdolFinale, #TeamJena, #TeamCaleb, #IdolProm and #ImWatchingIdol.

  • QUOTES (0)

  • NOTES (4)

    • Because voting is available from the beginning of the episode, there is no extension on the length of time for the phone voting after the show. This is the first time since Season 1 there was no extension past two hours after the show, however, it still results in 3 hours as they could have called anytime during the one hour the program aired.

    • Each contestant performed three songs. The first was Simon Fuller's Choice, the second was their favourite performance from the season and the last was the Winner's Song. The songs sung tonight were:
      Jena Irene-"Dog Days Are Over" by Florence and the Machine
      Caleb Johnson-"Dream On" by Aerosmith
      Jena Irene-"I Can't Help Falling in Love" by Elvis Presley
      Caleb Johnson-"Maybe I'm Amazed" by Paul McCartney
      Jena Irene-"We Are One" (Original)
      Caleb Johnson-"As Long as You Love Me" (Original)

    • Jena won coin toss and decided to go first.


    • This is the fourth time both finalists have an original Winner's Song.