By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer
The winner of American Idol’s season 13, Caleb Johnson, is ready to bust out some… zombie rock opera? Yep! The 23-year-old long-haired singer from Asheville, North Carolina, who beat out 17-year-old runner-up Jena Irene, definitely looks like the sort of guy who could dream up such a wacky idea. After all, his grungy geek style and down-to-Earth lovability seems perfect for a show about the singing undead.
“I want to do a zombie rock opera. I want to do something crazy out there,” explained Johnson. He then acknowledged that while American Idol is usually about pop songs, he’s a rocker to his core. “I mean I sing Rush and Led Zeppelin as well as Aretha Franklin and Adele. What is so crazy is I think this is the first season that a rock ‘n’ roll singer has won. Not pop rock, just straight rock ‘n’ roll, and some of the viewers didn’t like that because they are so accustomed to very nice – well, nice, good-looking people.”
That’s why he’s so appreciative about the show and a changing audience, expressing that Idol can open “doors to all types of artists [in various] shapes, sizes and genres” who can “come on this show, hone it and kill it.” We hear you, Johnson! Considering how many bleep-blopping voice-altering electronic pop stars there are these days, it’s nice to see some old school rock getting the love it deserves.
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