American Idol

Season 13 Episode 39

Winner Chosen

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM May 21, 2014 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • The following is a list of all the performances from the Finale and some special notes.
      Caleb Johnson and Jena Irene-"We Will Rock You" by Queen, "I'm Just a Girl" by No Doubt, and "It's Only Love" by Bryan Adams and Tina Turner
      Phillip Phillips and Sam Woolf-"Home" and "Raging Fire"
      Jennifer Nettles sang "That Girl" and then was joined by Jessica Meuse and they sang "Wrecking Ball" by Miley Cyrus
      Jennifer Lopez-"First Love"
      Kiss and Caleb Johnson-"Love Gun" and "Shout It Out Loud"
      Aloe Blacc and the Boys of the Top 13-"The Man"
      Demi Lovato and the Girls of the Top 13-"Really Don't Care" and "Neon Lights"
      Jena Irene sang "Decode" by Paramore and then Paramore joined her and they sang "Ain't It Fun"
      John Legend sang "You & I (Nobody in The World)" and then Malaya Watson joined him and they sang "All Of Me"
      Jason Mraz and Alex Preston-"Love Someone"
      Richard Marx and Ryan Seacrest-"Right Here Waiting". This is the first time ever Ryan has actually "performed" although throughout the 13 years he has sung now and then.
      Darius Rucker sang "True Believers" and then C.J. Harris and Dexter Roberts joined him and they all sang "Alright"
      Jena Irene and Caleb Johnson sang a section of "Need You Now" by Lady Antebellum before introducing them, and then Lady Antebellum performed "Bartender"
      Harry Connick Jr., Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez, with Randy Jackson on bass-"True Colors" by Cyndi Lauper and "Go Your Own Way" by Fleetwood Mac. This is the first time ever that all three judges not only perform on the same night but together. Randy who was the In-House Mentor becomes the first one to perform and has now performed as a Judge and Mentor, and with Ryan singing earlier, all Judges, Host, and Mentor have performed in one episode.
      Caleb Johnson-"As Long As You Love Me" which is his debut single, and the Winner's Song

    • Jena's Music Teacher and Caleb's guitar player, were invited to the show and were surprised with 2014 Ford Fusions.


    • Caleb's brother, who is a huge Kiss fan, came up on stage after they performed to meet them.


    • The Ford Journey Video was Majesty and Sam collecting things for Caleb and Jena's dressing room, as they are now celebrities. It ends with Sam and Majesty surprising Caleb and Jena with 2015 Ford Mustangs.

    • Ryan did not mention the number of votes.

    • Just like in the earlier episodes of the season there was the Live Tweet Trivia, where Ryan asked a question and the viewers could tweet and the answer was revealed. Tonight the question was whether Harry was reacting to a good performance or bad one, with his poker face. The Tweeting options were #GoodPerformance and #BadPerformance.

    • Actors, Amy Pohler, Jane Lynch, Ramon Rodriguez, Terry O'Quinn, "So You Think You Can Dance?" Judge, Mary Murphy, Season 6 Runner Up Blake Lewis, Season 8 contestant Scott McIntyre, and Season 10 contestants Casey Abrams and Haley Reinhart, were in the audience tonight.


    • This episode's Twitter hashtags were: #IdolFinale, #TeamJena, #TeamCaleb, #RagingFire, #JenniferAndJess, #FirstLove, #KISSOnIdol, #AloeBlacc, #FordIdolJourney, #DemiOnIdol, #IdolTour, #ParamoreOnIdol, LegendOnIdol, #MrazOnIdol, #RichardMarx, #DariusRucker, #LadyAntebellum and #JudgesRockIdol.

  • Quotes

  • Notes

    • This is the first season to not have a Top 13/12/10 performance during the Finale. This is not including Season 2 where Corey Clark was not there due to disqualification and Josh Gracin was called on duty in the military, Season 4 where Carrie Underwood and Bo Bice did not sing with the other Top 12 contestants and Season 11, where Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez did not perform with the other Top 13 contestants and Jermaine Jones was not there due to disqualification, as there were still performances by the group as a whole, for the most part. However, they all did perform in the Top 2 Performance episode.

    • For the first time since Season 4, Nick Boddington does not come out to hand Ryan the final results, as he had been replaced by Jason George as CEO of Interscope.

    • Caleb is the second Winner to have previously audition. He auditioned twice before in Season 10 and 11, and actually appeared for a bit in both. Season 12 Winner, Candice was the other Winner to have previously audition and like Caleb she auditioned twice before Winning.

    • Caleb is the second Winner to have auditioned in Atlanta. The other was Season 3 Winner Fantasia. This is the first time ever that there have been two Winner's audition in the same city.

    • This is the second time ever the Top 2 have had a duet before the finale, however this is the first time they also had a duet IN the finale. Season 10 Top 2 didn't do a duet in the finale but did twice during the season.


    • Caleb Johnson is the 9th Winner (and the 12th contestant overall) to never be in the Bottom 2 or 3.

    • Jena is the second ever Wildcard to become a Runner Up, and the first Female Wildcard.

  • Allusions

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