LOS ANGELES — North Carolina’s Caleb Johnson has won the 13th season of American Idol, beating out runner-up Jena Irene.
Johnson’s powerful performances helped to put him over the top.
With the win, Johnson, of Asheville, makes North Carolina the state with the most American Idol winners (Fantasia Barrino in 2004 and Scotty McCreery in 2011).
Prior to this season, North Carolina was tied with Alabama (Ruben Studdard in 2003 and Taylor Hicks in 2006) with two winners each.
During the finale, Irene performed with the group Paramore.