Caleb Lee Hutchinson
Caleb Lee Hutchinson
|Born||March 2, 1999|
Dallas, Georgia, United States
|Associated acts||Maddie Poppe|
Caleb Lee Hutchison was born in Dallas, Georgia to William and Piper Hutchinson. He has a brother Tyler. He started playing guitar when he was 12. He attended South Paulding High School, and graduated in 2017. In 2015, at age 16, Hutchison appeared on The Voice on the contest's 9th season auditioning with "The Dance", but none of the presiding judges Adam Levine, Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams and Blake Shelton turned their chair, and Hutchinson was eliminated from the show.
In 2018, he auditioned to season 16 of American Idol with the song "If It Hadn't Been for Love" from The SteelDrivers. All three judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan voted "yes" for him to continue. During the season, he sang "Die a Happy Man" (Top 24), "Midnight Train to Memphis" (Top 14), "You've Got a Friend in Me" (Top 10), "When Doves Cry and "Amazed" (Top 7), "So Small" and "Stars in Alabama" (Top 5) qualifying for the shows' finale. On May 20, 2018, he performed "Don't Close Your Eyes", "Folsom Prison Blues" and his single was "Johnny Cash Heart" finishing runner-up to winner Maddie Poppe.
The single was "Johnny Cash Heart" charted at No. 16 on the Country Digital Song Sales chart on its release.
|Episode||Theme||Song Choice||Original Artist||Order #||Result|
|Audition||Auditioner's Choice||If It Hadn't Been for Love||The Steeldrivers||N/A||Advanced|
|Top 24 Solo/Duet||Contestant's Choice||Die a Happy Man||Thomas Rhett||1||Advanced|
|Top 14||Contestant's Choice
|Midnight Train to Memphis||Chris Stapleton||1
|Top 10||Disney||You've Got a Friend in Me||Randy Newman and Lyle Lovett||8||Safe|
Year You Were Born
|When Doves Cry||Prince||14
|Top 5||Carrie Underwood
|So Small||Carrie Underwood||4
|Johnny Cash Heart||Caleb Lee Hutchinson||1
|2018||"Johnny Cash Heart"||
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- People.com: American Idol Contestant Caleb Lee Hutchinson Details Amazing 70-Lb. Weight Loss
- Hollywood Life: ‘American Idol’s Maddie Poppe & Caleb Lee Hutchinson
- "Country Digital Song Sales". Billboard. 2 June 2018.
- Bjorke, Matt (June 5, 2018). "Top 30 Digital Country Singles: June 6, 2018". Roughstock. Retrieved June 7, 2018.
| American Idol runner-up