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Asheville Native On American Idol

Updated: Saturday, February 22 2014, 03:42 PM EST
An Asheville native is hoping to become the next American Idol. Thursday night, 22-year-old Caleb Johnson made it into the singing competition's top 13.

Caleb Johnson performed on News 13 This Morning in December, just before leaving for Hollywood Week. When Caleb found he had made it into the "Top 13," he ran on stage and hoisted Ryan Seacrest into the air.

His friend Cory Short with Get Vocal Entertainment says Caleb worked for him as a karaoke D.J. But when he realized he had a set of pipes, he started booking him for acoustic and solo shows.

Short tells News 13 he's looking forward to seeing more Hollywood performances.

"We've talked several times. I've just told them how proud of him I am and that we're all rooting for him in Asheville and he's actually trying to get me tickets to go out there and sit in his friends section and I'm really excited about that," said Short.

Caleb's next performance on American Idol will be on Wednesday.Asheville Native On American Idol

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