CALEB JOHNSON from right here in Asheville is again trying to be the next American Idol.


He’s tried to win the singing contest . . . it just didn’t happen. But he's not giving up. This season he is among the final 30 contestants. He'll be performing live on the show tonight with other 15 males vying for stardom.


Caleb's dad, DAVID JOHNSON, says his son has been working hard to make himself better. He says he's cut a record, been on stage with some local bands and has worked with local musicians like Mickey Hayes to learn more about the industry.


David Jonson says he has encouraged his son not to give up after missing a shot in season 11. The 15 male finalists will perform tonight @ 8pm on FOX. The results show is tomorrow night.