American Idol Winner Says His Winning Single Was a “Cheesy Piece of Crap”

Eight years after he was crowned,  American Idol winner Caleb Johnson revealed how he REALLY felt about his winning single, “As Long as You Love Me”.

The Season 13 winner told Insider, “I knew that, by de facto, if you won you had to sing the song, and the song was just utter crap.  Like it was just the worst song ever.”

He even pleaded with the show to let him off the hook, but they told him to, quote, “look at this as kind of a graduation present or something.”

Following his win, he joined the “American Idol” tour where the song was included on the setlist but he said it was a “nightmare.”

“We did [it] at the beginning, but they switched it.  They switched it about halfway because it just wasn’t working.  It was not working, and it was a nightmare,” he shared.

Johnson added that “The label wouldn’t release the single, there was no single that came out after the record was done. There was no music video. There was nothing.”

Johnson released his debut album, “Testify,” in 2014.  Following its release he left his label and formed another group, Caleb Johnson and the Ramblin’ Saints. The group released its first album, titled “Born from Southern Ground,” in 2019.

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