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Contestant with Model City roots advances to 'American Idol' finals

May 19th, 2014 11:19 pm by Matthew Lane

Contestant  with Model City  roots advances to 'American Idol' finals

American Idol contestant Caleb Johnson perform in Asheville, N.C., during a May 10 visit. Associated Press photo.

KINGSPORT — An Asheville, N.C., man with family roots in the Model City could be the next American Idol.

Caleb Johnson, 23, is one of two finalists in this year's "American Idol" competition. The season finale is Wednesday night at 8 p.m. on Fox.

A viewing party for friends and family will be held at Buffalo Wild Wings at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Janet Carrick, a cousin of Caleb's mother, is urging area residents to vote for Caleb today to ensure he wins the American Idol title.

"(The family) is obviously very happy that Caleb has made it this far, but their attitude throughout is that he is going to do his best and work hard for the title," Carrick said in an email to the Times-News. "Regardless, they are very humbled and extremely appreciative of the support."

Johnson has long roots in Kingsport. His mother, Tamra, is a 1980 D-B graduate; his great uncle John D. Parker Jr. is a Kingsport lawyer (his office is in the Parker Building on Broad Street); and his great-grandfather John D. Parker Sr. was a well-known constable and part of a popular country music group in the '30s known as the Parker Brothers.

For an expanded version of this article, please see Tuesday's print edition or our expanded electronic edition.

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