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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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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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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 a milestone last night:

The Fox competition aired its 500th episode, an impressive accomplishment that resulted in so much back-patting that the first performance of the evening didn't even take place until 16 minutes into the episode.

Once Caleb Johnson, Alex Preston and Jena Irene did take the stage, however, they were tasked with three songs:

  1. Randy Jackson's choice.
  2. The Judges' choice.
  3. Their hometown's choice.

With current artists such as Rihanna and Demi Lovato covered, with finalist was at the top of his or her game? Watch all NINE performances below and decide now:

Alex Preston - "Pompeii"
Alex Preston sings one of the biggest hits of 2014 for this American Idol performance. Did you like his cover of "Pompeii?"

WHO AMERICAN IDOL FINALIST IMPRESSED YOU MOST?

 

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Coming off an elimination twist failure last Thursday, American Idol dedicated itself to love last night.

Singing three songs each - one about break-ups, one about make-ups and one a dedication to someone close to them - the final four covered everyone from Elvis to Pink to Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Who has the least to worry about this evening? Who among Alex Preston, Caleb Johnson, Jessica Meuse and Jene Irene is most likely to go home?

Watch all 12 performances from Wednesday and then vote below:

Jena Irene - "Bad Romance"
Jena Irene goes all Lady Gaga on us for this American Idol performance. What do you think?

WHO PERFORMED BEST?

 

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American Idol brought out some big names for its Top 5 performance show last night.

Ariana Grande, Zooey Deschanel and Jason Mraz all showed up during the two-hour broadcast, but the episode, of course, centered on a quintet of singers who one hope to strike it big:

Sam Woolf, Caleb Johnson, Jessica Meuse, Alex Preston and Jena Irene.

The finalists sang two tracks apiece, each of which was selected by viewers at home. Artists covered included Aerosmith, Christina Perri and The Rolling Stones.

Watch all 10 performances here and then decide...

Jena Irene - "Valerie"
What a performance! Jena Irene puts a great twist here on an Amy Winehouse classic.

... who did best?

 

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Viewers were treated to twice the American Idol Top 6 last night, as each contestant sang a pair of songs in hopes of surviving another week.

One had to be country, one had to be rock and both had to impress judges and fans alike.

Who stood out for the right reasons?

Caleb Johnson was right at home covering a Black Crowes classic, and also surprised us by doing Carrie Underwood proud on a version of “Undo It.”

Conversely, C.J. Harris struggled to stay in tune and will likely be on tonight's chopping block.

Caleb Johnson - "Sting Me"
Caleb Johnson covers a Black Crowes classic for this rock audition. Listen to his take on "Sting Me" now.

Check out all 12 American Idol performances from Wednesday above and vote below: Who was best?

 

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And we finally have a clear-cut favorite on American Idol!

The Top 7 put on the best performance night of Season 13 Wednesday, as producers came up with a first-ever twist for the long-running competition:

The finalists selected tracks for one another, proving how tight-knit they actually are by refusing to sabotage anyone's performance with a difficult or eccentric song.

That's no fun, as know, but it was loads of fun to watch Jene Irene close the show with a cover of "Creep." It earned a standing ovation (from everyone except a focused Harry Connick Jr.) and it propeled her to the front of this mostly mundane pack.

Watch all seven solo performances now:

Jena Irene - "Creep"
Best American Idol performance of Season 13? Watch Jena Irene cover "Creep" here.

Do you agree? Was Irene the best? Or were you taken by Alex Preston instead?

VOTE NOW: Which finalists put on the best show?

 

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The pressure was on for the remaining American Idol finalists this week.

Following Sam Woolf's save last week, there will be more more Season 13 pardons. This is now it. If the viewers say so, you are out of the competition.

With that scary knowledge secure in their minds, the Top 8 took the stage last night (with David Cook as a mentor) and belted out covers of classics from the 1980s.

How did they fare? It wasn't the most memorable performance episode of all-time, with many hopefuls choosing obvious tracks and no one really blowing us away.

But you can cycle through all eight solo auditions now and then vote on your favorite:

Caleb Johnson - "Faithfully"
Caleb Johnson is on quite the American Idol journey. How did he fare on "Faithfully?"

WHOSE 1980S-BASED PERFORMANCE DID YOU LIKE BEST?