The winner of the 13th season of “American Idol” opened up about his stay on the show, saying that the song he was to perform after winning the singing competition was “complete shit”.
After Caleb Johnson was named the winner of the hit show in 2014, he had to sing “As Long as You Love Me” – a song he called a “cheesy piece of crap”.
“I knew if you won, you were going to sing the song, and the song was just complete shit,” Johnson told Insider about the record, written by Justin Hawkins, frontman of British rock band The Darkness. . “Like, it was just the worst song ever.”
Johnson said he did his best to tell producers he hated the number, but said his complaints fell on deaf ears.
“I made a bid for it to the management company and all that,” he said. “And they said, look at this as some kind of graduation gift or something.”
Johnson, 31, remembered having to perform the number on his post-Idol summer tour with his contestants, saying it was a “nightmare” to have to sing the song for a live audience.
“We did it in the beginning, but they changed it. They changed it about halfway because it just didn’t work,” he said. “It didn’t work and it was a nightmare.”
What’s more, Johnson claimed that the record company “put absolutely no support behind the record.”
“The label would not release the single, there was no single released after the record was finished. There was no music video. There was nothing,” he added.
Elsewhere in the interview, Johnson said he was actually “really angry” that he won his season of the show.
Johnson released his debut album “Testify” in 2014 shortly after winning “American Idol”.
After leaving Interscope Records after the release of his first album, Johnson formed another group, Caleb Johnson and the Ramblin ‘Saints.
The group released their first album, titled “Born from Southern Ground”, in 2019.
The Post has contacted “American Idol” for a comment.