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‘American Idol’ winner Caleb Johnson says his first song on the show is ‘total shit’


The ‘American Idol’ 13th season winner opened up about his time on the show, saying the song he was to sing after winning the singing competition was “total crap.”

After Caleb Johnson was crowned the winner of the hit show in 2014, he had to sing “As Long as You Love Me” – a song he called “cheesy shit”.

“I knew that, de facto, if you won, you had to sing the song, and the song was just plain shit,” Johnson told Insider of the record, which was written by frontman Justin Hawkins. British rock band The Darkness. . “Like, it was just the worst song ever.”

Johnson said he did his best to tell producers he hated the track, but says his complaints fell on deaf ears.

“I threw a tantrum about it at the management company and stuff,” he said. “And they were like, look at it as some kind of graduation gift or something.”

“The song was just shit. Like, it was just the worst song ever.

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Johnson, 31, recalled having to perform the track on his post-Idol summer tour with fellow contestants, saying it was a ‘nightmare’ to have to sing the song in front of a live crowd .

“We did it at first, but they changed it. They changed it halfway through because it just wasn’t working,” he said. “It didn’t work and it was a nightmare.”

Additionally, Johnson claimed that the label “provided absolutely no support for the record”.

‘American Idol’ winner Caleb Johnson says his first song on the show is ‘total shit’
Caleb Johnson was crowned winner of the 13th season of “American Idol” in 2014.
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“The label wouldn’t release the single, there was no single that came out after the record was finished. There was no music video. There was nothing,” he added .

Elsewhere in the interview, Johnson said he was actually “really disappointed” to have won his season of the show.

Johnson released his debut album, “Testify,” in 2014 shortly after winning “American Idol.”

‘American Idol’ winner Caleb Johnson says his first song on the show is ‘total shit’
Johnson said the song he had to perform after winning the show was “total crap”.
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After leaving Interscope Records following the release of his debut album, Johnson formed another band, Caleb Johnson and the Ramblin’ Saints.

The band released their debut album, titled “Born from Southern Ground”, in 2019.

The Post has contacted “American Idol” for comment.

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