Two North Carolinians, Majesty Rose from Goldsboro and Caleb Johnson from Asheville, landed in American Idol's top ten this season and Johnson took the top prize tonight. That makes three winners from the Tarheel State. If you were wondering, YES, that is more winners than any other state on the show. Alabama claims two American Idols.
Quick, how many contestants from North Carolina can you name that landed in American Idol's top ten? There are the winners -- Fantasia Barrino from High Point, Scotty McCreery from Garner, and now Caleb Johnson from Asheville. There's the runner up -- Clay from Raleigh. Others that placed and went on to music careers (and in one case, dance stardom) -- Chris Daughtry from Greensboro (I think), Kellie Pickler from Albemarle, and Bucky Covington from Rockingham. (I own CDs by all three of them). There was one other finalist from NC, Anoop Desai from Chapel Hill.
I look forward to hearing what Caleb Johnson does over the coming years. He has a killer voice and I love the kind of rock 'n roll he sings. It is real, old school rock.
The only other thing I have to say about it is that I really wish Sarah K was still American Idol blogging at Snark Raving Mad. She quit when "Pauler" did and it's just not been the same without her.