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WNC ROCK STAR CALEB JOHNSON IS READY FOR "PRIME TIME" ON "IDOL"

Asheville's Caleb Johnson has been performing on TV's 'American Idol' talent show.

You've heard his dad interviewed on WHKP's local news.  You've seen his photo on WHKP's web site.  Now...this young WNC rock star is proving he is "ready for prime time"!

The Asheville Citizen-Times is reporting...Caleb Johnson’s “American Idol” dream is still going strong.

The Asheville rock singer has survived another contestant cut on the TV talent show, and will return to sing again next Wednesday on Fox (WHNS/Channel 21).

In all, 71 million votes were cast by “Idol” viewers, host Ryan Seacrest said. Just 12 contestants now remain on the program.

Johnson has been on the “Idol” fast track since the start of the 13th season. This is his first time on the TV talent show, following unsuccessful bids in 2011 and 2012.

On Wednesday night, given the show’s prime closing slot, he wowed the judges and the studio audience with with a hot performance of “Pressure and Time” by the Long Beach, Calif., band Rival Sons.

Judge Jennifer Lopez jumped to her feet in an ovation. “You are so ready for the rock star life,” she said. “You have the goods to back it up.”

Keith Urban agreed. “That was a great song. You’ve got to figure out how to put a twist on that.”

The online media lit up with praise for Johnson’s Wednesday night performance on the show.

The website Eonline.com said Johnson “may have made the performance of the night (and he scored the coveted final spot!) with his gorgeous cover of ‘Pressure and Time.’ Welcome to the competition, Caleb!”

Meanwhile, USA Today gave Johnson an A-minus for his effort, saying he was “confident, in tune and comfortable with his choice of material.”

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