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Caleb Johnson, the winner of "American Idol", says his winning single was "Junk"

(CNN)First song released after winning the contest"American Idol"Season 13 Champion Caleb Johnson was a classic rock homage "as long as you love me". But he couldn't stand to sing it.

In an interview with theinsider, which led to the 20th anniversary of the reality competition series, Johnson criticized his debut single as a "cheap piece."
"Idol" finalists often play new songs that haven't been recorded before in the last week of the show. Winners may release original songs after the end of the series, including hits such asKelly Clarkson's"A Moment Like This" andPhillip Phillips'"Home". Often.

However, Johnson's singles did not have the same success as those songs. He said he sang it in the final episode and argued with the producer to change the song, knowing that the winner of the season would eventually have to record it.

"If you win, you had to sing the song, and the song was totally crap," Johnson told the insider. "Similarly, it was the worst song ever."

Johnson went on to record this song as a "winner's single," released by South African show finalists. I told the insider that it was almost the same as the 2012 song. ..

From Asheville, North Carolina, Johnson participated in the 13th season of the show, which aired in 2014. With the production of "Sympathy for the Devil" and "The End of Glory", he is a unique rock vocalist of the season. He released two albums in a row. He recently released "Born From Southern Ground" in 2019.

Over the last two decades, "American Idol" has produced several notable winners, including Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, and Fantasia Barrino. Contestants who couldn't win but continued to find mainstream fame include Jennifer Hudson, Adam Lambert, and Katharine McPhee.