Third Time's The Charm: Asheville Rocker Becomes American Idol

May 22, 2014

Caleb Johnson, 23, of Asheville won Season 13 of American Idol last night.

The newest American Idol comes from Asheville. Caleb Johnson won Season 13 of the televised singing competition last night.

Johnson took the stage with Kiss. Together, he and the band performed a medley of "Love Gun" and "Shout it out Loud."

He beat out Jena Irene Asciutto from Michigan.

Third time was the charm for Johnson, who had been an American Idol contestant twice before. He only made it as far as the Hollywood auditions in previous seasons.

Johnson is the third American Idol winner to hail from North Carolina. Fantasia Barrino of High Point won Season 3, and Scotty McCreery of Garner was the Season 10 idol.

As winner of the show, Johnson will receive a record contract.