American Idol 2014: Harry & Keith On Who Will Win

Who is going to win? It’s a tough question to ask the American Idol Judges and most times we get a wishy-washy vague response that gives us little insight to what the Judges actually think. This year was a marked improvement over that, but there’s still some wiggle room in what the Judges had to say.

American Idol 2014 Judges panel
American Idol 2014 Judges panel – Source: FOX

* UPDATE: Find out who won American Idol 2014 in our recap of the final results show!

Last night during the American Idol 2014 finale performances we heard Harry Connick Jr. put the entire panel on the spot after the second round and ask what they all thought. Thank you, Harry!

The judges agreed that Caleb Johnson took the first round with “Dream On,” which we called his best of the night, but in the second round it wasn’t quite so unanimous. Keith called Round 2 a tie, Jennifer gave it to Jena, and Harry agreed with Jennifer that Jena Irene won the second round.

So when it was all over, did the Judges still feel the same way on how the night went? FOX Audio Central caught up with Harry and Keith with a second take on who won each round.

Harry: I mean I think we were in agreement on the first round. I got confused with the second round.  It’s not my first time.  I thought one of Caleb’s songs was in the second round.  Apparently it wasn’t.  Whatever, anyway.  I think, we said Caleb won the first one right.
Keith: Yeah killed the second round.  For sure.
Harry: It was tight man.  And then they did the originals.

So sounds like they’re still giving the first round to Caleb but then the second round gets a little murky. Keith is still feeling stronger about Caleb in the second round than the other judges, but both agree it’s a close, close race between them.

Who do the two Judges think won the night overall? Harry goes back to his boxing analogy and Keith has Randy moment in his response:

Harry: It was pretty tight you know because they both had really, really strong nights and it kind of occurred to me tonight that it really is kind of like Ali and Frazer.  You know Caleb really is like a powerhouse puncher and Jena really is more of like a boxer.
Keith: Yeah I think it just comes down to what kind of vocalist do you prefer.  I think that’s what it is because they both are killer.  I mean how do you separate the two of them?
Harry: Yeah that’s true.

Who do you think won each round and the night overall? Share your opinions below!

Source: FOX Audio Central




  1. I just hope that next year they do a better job of choosing talent, or that TPTB allow the public to vote during Hollywood Week. I’d have put Maurice Townsend through and cut CJ Harris. there were others, too that seemed better than the ones we ended up with. And stop showing JLo during performances. My interest in who wins deflated when Jessica left and IMO neither Caleb or Jena has any viable career on a national level in their future.

    • My interest deflated after they sent Alex home. I agree with you that I was surprised at some of the cuts during Hollywood week as well. I couldn’t believe they took Ben Briley over Casey! This was after they let America choose between Ben and some other guy after they had already put Casey through safely. Casey had gotten nothing but very high praise from the judges. So taking Ben and even Dexter over Casey completely baffled me! There were also 2 blond girls with really great voices that I thought should have gone through over some of the others.

    • The JLo focus has been off-putting for sure. When they did the Hometown visits they actually juxtaposed JLo against Alex’s footage. What the huh? I really don’t care or need to see Jennifer’s reaction to his visit. Why not show Alex instead?

      So much camera time for her is just weird and unnecessary.

      • I agree!!!! Why show JLo so much she not a performer!! Let the camera be on her tonight when she performs!!!! JENA all the way!!!! Not doughy about it AT ALL!!! We want current not the 80’s again!!!!! Yeah Jena!!!

  2. You may say that Carrie Underwood’s finale was better than Jena’s and that Caleb’s was better than Bo Bice’s but in my opinion “Overall” Caleb and Jena’s finale is the “best’ in American idol history! Remember also that Carrie is Country only, while Jena is the “most versatile” finalist since Kelly Clarkson!

    • That’s quite a stretch to compare an untested 17 year-old to a proven recording star.

  3. I will buy Calebs CD anyday!! His music is the kind of music I listen to. I have his cd with his band behind it and it rocks totally.

      • Totally ENOUGH OF JLO!!!! When they showed her on the left hand side when they were viewing Alex’s homecoming…… That just gave it away who was gonna go home!! They didn’t show her with Jena and Caleb’s homecoming!!!! Now, give me a break!!! Caleb has been good from the get go but, Jena has progressed each week so she deserves the new title ” THE NEW AMERICAN IDOL!!” But, Caleb will go far as long with Alex 🙂 go Jena Go!!!!

  4. its a tough call, I really like them both. Caleb was my pick way back in the beginning, but Jena has kind of grown on me. Both are talented and will have a future. Gut feeling ….Caleb!

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