American Idol

Arts & Culture
7:59 am
Thu May 22, 2014

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

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.

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Politics & Government
8:54 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Clay Aiken Announces His Run For Congress

Teacher and former American Idol contestant Clay Aiken has announced he'll run as a Democrat for North Carolina's second Congressional district.
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Teacher and former American Idol contestant Clay Aiken announced he'll run as a Democrat for the state's second Congressional district.

In a campaign video, he described his humble beginnings, growing up poor in North Carolina. He said he's got leadership experience.

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Arts & Culture
5:00 pm
Tue May 24, 2011

Idol Fans to Cheer Scotty in Finals

Fans and friends of Scotty McCreery will gather at Garner High School tonight to watch the hometown star perform one last time in the American Idol competition. The show will air at 8pm on Fox and the winner will be announced tomorrow night. Terry Mascaro was McCreery’s manager at Lowe’s Foods. The 17-year old bagged groceries there even as he made trips to Hollywood to film the show. Mascaro says the town is proud to see Scotty representing Garner on national television. 

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Mon May 16, 2011

Garner Welcomes Home Scotty

Fans turn out to see Scotty McCreery on Saturday
Credit Jeremy Loeb


  This week, Garner native Scotty McCreery will perform in the final three of the American Idol tv show. The newly-minted 17 year old star was welcomed home over the weekend with a made-for-tv celebration. 

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Arts & Culture
5:10 pm
Fri May 13, 2011

Garner to Welcome Home American Idol Finalist

Scotty McCreery

  The Town of Garner is getting ready to welcome home "American Idol" finalist Scotty McCreery. Jeremy Loeb reports.

 The 17-year-old baritone advanced to the "Final 3" of the television show "American Idol" last night. McCreery has been wowing audiences with his mature, deep-voiced renditions of country classics. Mayor Ronnie Williams called the singer's success the biggest thing that's ever happened to Garner.

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