North Carolina ‘American Idol’ Caleb Johnson to perform at Lexington Barbecue Festival

North Carolina native and winner of the 13th season of “American Idol” Caleb Johnson will perform at the Lexington Barbecue Festival on Saturday, Oct. 25.

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The 2014 ‘American Idol’ winner, Caleb Johnson (right), clinks wine glasses with Linda Saintsing during a Fine Swine Wine toast to the upcoming 31st Annual Barbecue Festival at the festival kickoff luncheon Tuesday at the Richard Childress Racing Auditorium. Johnson will be performing on the Grandstand during the festival Oct. 25.
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Kicking off the announcements, Naset unveiled the Grandstand performer for the 12:15 p.m. slot, Caleb Johnson. A native of Asheville, Johnson is known for winning season 13 of television singing competition “American Idol.”

“Just getting to be able to come to this event and perform for the amazing people, it’s a huge honor,” Johnson said after the luncheon. “I have heard so much about Lexington, its barbecue and this particular festival, but I’ve never been able to come down here.”

Johnson just completed a national tour and released his debut album, “Testify,” on Aug. 12.

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