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Update: Region has its own American Idol

Matthew Lane, NET News Service • May 22, 2014 at 7:23 AM

Update: Asheville's own Caleb Johnson, whose mother lives in Kingsport, was crowned season 13 champion tonight.

The 23-year-old Johnson beat out 17-year-old Jena Irene to capture the title.

Johnson has long roots in Kingsport. His mother, Tamra, is a 1980 D-B graduate; his great uncle John D. Parker Jr. is a Kingsport lawyer (his office is in the Parker Building on Broad Street); and his great-grandfather John D. Parker Sr. was a well-known constable and part of a popular country music group in the '30s known as the Parker Brothers.

"This is crazy," Johnson said after host Ryan Seacrest announced the TV audience's decision on Wednesday's season finale of the Fox contest.

More from our partners at the Kingsport Times-News.


KINGSPORT — An Asheville, N.C., man with family roots in the Model City could be the next American Idol.

Caleb Johnson, 23, is one of two finalists in this year's "American Idol" competition. The season finale is Wednesday night at 8 p.m. on Fox.

A viewing party for friends and family will be held at Buffalo Wild Wings at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Janet Carrick, a cousin of Caleb's mother, is urging area residents to vote for Caleb today to ensure he wins the American Idol title.

Our partners at the Kingsport Times-News have more about Caleb Johnson.

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