'American Idol' winner Caleb Johnson preps for July 18 Clearwater show, Aug. 12 album
As a fellow big-boned fella and hair-metal aficionado, I applauded huskily when Caleb Johnson took home gold at the end of this year's American Idol. But what about Bradenton's Sam Woolf, you ask angrily? Shouldn't proud regional bias overrule the fact that you eat too many Funyuns and you know all the words to Welcome to the Jungle? Good question, but alas, a question for another time. For now, let us simply celebrate the 22-year-old golden throat from Johnson City, Tenn. Caleb has a lot of stuff in the works: a self-titled debut album is due Aug. 12 and will feature first single, and Idol finale song, As Long as You Love Me (not to be confused with anything done by Bieber), which you can enjoy below. He'll be appearing on Live! With Kelly and Michael and the 25th annual PBS National Memorial Day Concert. An he'll be a big part of the American Idol Live! 2014 tour, which comes to Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall on July 18. Go get 'em, Caleb!