American Idol Celebrates 500 Episodes!

May 19, 2014

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Did you miss American Idol this week? If so, you missed a lot! But fear not, we are here to fill you in on everything!

In case you haven’t heard American Idol celebrated their 500th episode this past Wednesday and the show made it a point to celebrate! The show kicked off with a video montage of some of the show’s biggest moments along with some appearances by the show’s previous winners. After the video, The Chainsmokers performed their hit song ‘Selfie’ and got the crowd pumped up for the rest of the show!

The show then took an interesting twist when the American Idol doctor announced that Caleb Johnson was sick with bronchitis and a small vocal cord hemorrhage. Was he too sick to perform? Keep reading.

With only a week left until the finale the three remaining contestants, Caleb Johnson, Alex Preston, and Jena Irene, were forced to duke it out. Each contestant performed three different songs- one chosen by Randy Jackson, one chosen by the judges, and one chosen by their citizens of their hometowns.

The first round of songs were chosen by Randy Jackson. He chose:

Caleb- Never Tear Us Apart by INXS

Alex- Pompeii by Bastille

Jena- Titanium by David Guette

Caleb did indeed perform, and he did outstanding! You couldn’t even tell he was sick. Alex’s performance started out a little rough, but I think overall he did a good job kicking off the night. And lastly, Jena’s performance wasn’t one of her best, but maybe this just wasn’t the right song choice for her. Will she make a comeback? We shall see…

The next round of songs were chosen by the judges. They chose:

Caleb- Demons by Imagine Dragons

Alex- Stay by Rihanna

Jena- Heart Attack by Demi Lovato

Caleb seemed to struggle a bit more with this song, but the judges were all very understanding of that. Alex completely blew us away with his performance and definitely proved to us that he is in fact a huge contender in the show! And lastly, Jena also did a very good job covering Demi Lovato and seemed to thoroughly surprise the judges.

The last round of songs were chosen by each candidate’s hometown! They chose:

Caleb- Dazed and Confused by Led Zeppelin

Alex- Story of My Life by One Direction

Jena- Creep by Radiohead

Caleb absoutley blew everyone away! It was hard to believe that this was the same guy who had just performed ‘Demons’ by Imagine Dragons. His hometown definitely did him a favor by choosing this song because he totally rocked it! Alex on the other hand fell short, because his final performance didn’t measure up to his previous two. Was it enough to convince America to keep him though? And lastly, Jena showed us a new side of her, as she performed while playing the piano. This performance, like Caleb’s, was her best of the night.

Who did America chose to continue on to the final two? The elimination episode aired and the results were read.

On Thursday night Ryan announced that Caleb and Jena would go head to head and battle it out next week on the season finale!


If you’re interested, all of the performances from last week can be found on American Idol’s YouTube page here:


Who are you going to vote for? Who do you want to see as the next American Idol?

Tell us at @WeKnowTheDJ and be sure to tune in next Wednesday night so you can see their final performances!

-Brittany Dybiec (@BrittanyElizzz)

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