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Former American Idol finalist Josh Gracin had both his Tennessee neighbors and the police racing to his door after penning an apparent suicide note this week.

The Season 2 contender and former U.S. Marine, who lives with his wife and four children, was/is apparently going through some major marital problems.

The 33-year-old wrote on Facebook:

Josh Gracin Photo

"I've loved her for 17 years ... I made mistakes ... I admitted them, told her the truth and she turned her back on me when I needed her help the most."

The ominous part came after that.

Gracin adds, "Please remember me as someone who gave his all in his music ... Pray for my family as they carry on in this world without me. Goodbye."

If the death of Robin Williams has made anything clear this week, it's that mental illness and depression are no joke; Gracin's inner circle panicked.

Friends and family called the police, who rushed to his home to find Josh's wife present but not him; cops called him and put him on with his wife.

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Michael Johns, a singer who finished eighth on American Idol in 2008, passed away yesterday from a probable blood clot in his ankle.

He was 35 years old.

Johns, Michael

Johns released an album ("Hold Back My Heart") in 2009 and married Stacey Vuduris in 2007. The couple did not have any children.

A rep for the singer's fansite tweeted the sad news earlier today, writing online:

"It is with a heavy heart and inconsolable sadness that we confirm the passing of our friend Michael Johns."

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Change will NOT be coming to American Idol Season 14.

Despite the series plunging to all-time low ratings on Season 13, Fox has confirmed that Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr. will all return as judges for the upcoming go-around.

Ryan Seacrest, of course, will also be back as host.

American Idol Season 13 Judges

"Jennifer, Keith, Harry and Ryan are the very best in the business at what they do, and I’m thrilled that they are returning to American Idol for another season,” said David Hill, Senior Executive VP, 21st Century Fox.

"Each brings unique qualities and expertise to the team, but they all share the same passion for helping undiscovered singers achieve the American dream.”

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It's official: Jena Irene is not a sore loser.

The American Idol runner-up took a very special guest to her senior prom over the weekend: the American Idol champion himself, Caleb Johnson!

Caleb Johnson and Jena Irene Prom Pic

On Wednesday, the 17-year-old posted a picture from their big night on Instagram, writing “we are saucey” as a caption.

She later confirmed that an outstanding time was enjoyed by all.

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American Idol crowned its Season 13 winner last night.

Congratulations, Caleb Johnson!

But it took mere seconds to make that actual announcement, of course, meaning the show still had about 119 minutes to fill during Wednesday's two-hour finale.

And it did so with musical performances galore, from the return of many recent finalists to Demi Lovato to Jennifer Nettles and even the three Idol judges taking the stage for a production with Randy Jackson.

Who shone the brightest? Relive every performance from the Season 13 finale now:

Caleb Johnson and Jena Irene Duet
Caleb Johnson and Jena Irene advanced to the American Idol finals. They sing a medley of hits in this fun video.

And, of course, sound off: Should Caleb Johnson have won the whole thing?

 

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It took over five months. It consisted of over thousands and thousands of singers.

It introduced the world to the humor of Harry Connick Jr.

And now American Idol Season 13 has come to an end.

Following a theatrical, elongated finale that included performances by all three judges, did long-haired rocker Caleb Johnson come out on top? Or did piano-playing beauty Jena Irene earn the title?

Jena and Caleb

SPOILER ALERT: We're about to discuss the results of American Idol. If you're spoiler-averse, avert your gaze.

After two hours of performances and theatrics, Caleb Johnson is the American Idol Season 13 champion! He bested Jena Irene to win, making his third time auditioning the charm.

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Caleb Johnson or Jena Irene?

Jena Irene or Caleb Johnson?

Following five months of auditions - many headache-inducing, others download-worthy - American Idol Season 13 came down to one man and one woman last night.

Both performed admirably, singing three songs apiece: one chosen by Simon Fuller; one a reprise of their best performance from the season; and one the single Caleb or Jena will release upon winning.

So... will WILL win? Relive the six total performances below and then vote:

Jena Irene - "Dog Days Are Over"
The Dog Days Are Over for Jena Irene. She's an American Idol finalist!

Who will win American Idol Season 13?

 

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We've reached the end of the line on American Idol Season 13.

We're down to the final two. The best of the best. The pairing that will go head to head next week in a battle for an iconic crown previously held by Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and many other successful artists.

Will it be Caleb Johnson or Jena Irene?

The former had to overcome a bout of sinusitis and a small vocal cord hemorrhage just to make it this far, needing a doctor's approval before he could take the stage this week.

Will it incredible journey end in a hail of confetti?

Caleb Johnson - "As Long As You Love Me"
Caleb Johnson is trying to win it all. He sings "As Long As You Love Me" on the American Idol finale here.

You tell us: Who should win American Idol?

 

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Jena Irene is on the precipice of superstardom.

The Michigan native has advanced all the way to the finals of American Idol Season 13, where she'll go vocal chord to vocal chord against Caleb Johnson next week.

Originally chosen as a Wild Card, Irene has proven the judges correct over the past few weeks, riding the wave of an impressive Adele cover of "Rolling in the Deep" during Top 8 week that labeled her one of the show's favorites.

She's maintained that status ever since.

Can she bring it all the way home next Thursday night?

Jena Irene - "We Are One"
Jena Irene sings for the American Idol title with this song. What do you think of her "We Are One" cover?

You tell us: Who should win American Idol Season 13?

 

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American Idol celebrated its 500th episode on Wednesday.

Now, following many months of competition, two finalists have an even bigger reason to celebrate: They are one week away from possibly winning it all!

Following a whole lot of filler (no offense, Scotty McCreery) and a few hometown visits, we finally got down to business on tonight's results show.

Jena, Caleb and Alex

Who is going home? Who will not compete next week for the opportunity to be crowned champion?

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American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]
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