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Fans of Asheville 'Idol' contestant gather to watch Johnson

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Wild Wing on Long Shoals Rd. hosted a viewing party for 'Idol.' (Apr. 23, 2014/FOX Carolina) Wild Wing on Long Shoals Rd. hosted a viewing party for 'Idol.' (Apr. 23, 2014/FOX Carolina)
Caleb Johnson, top 6 contestant on 'Idol,' interviewing with FOX Carolina. Caleb Johnson, top 6 contestant on 'Idol,' interviewing with FOX Carolina.
ASHEVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) -

For Asheville native Caleb Johnson, who is in the top six on American Idol, the title of idol is not far away; and for his hometown fans, Johnson is already a star.

"It has been a roller coaster up and down," said David Johnson, Caleb's dad.

He was in Los Angeles last week to see his son perform. On Wednesday, he said Caleb's mother was there to cheer him on during his Idol live performance.

David Johnson is a football coach, and the coach approach, he said, is working on his son as he continues in the competition.

"It's like a new playoff game," said David Johnson. "You have to stay focused. I told him to just take it one week at a time and let the chips fall, and this is what he is doing."

The venue for Asheville's biggest Idol viewing party Wednesday was as fitting as David Johnson's T-shirt, which features a big picture of his son and the words, "Thanks, I'm the dad."

The viewing party was at Wild Wing Cafe on Long Shoals Road.

"Caleb's played at the downtown store several times," said franchise owner and operator Dave McFarland. "He also played at my store in Knoxville. The last time he played in Asheville was in our store downtown."

McFarland said he wants to make viewing parties like Wednesday's a weekly tradition until "hopefully he wins."

Watch American Idol on FOX Carolina Wednesdays at 8 p.m. and Thursdays at 9 p.m. Fans can vote for Caleb Johnson by texting 13 to 83676 until 1 p.m. EST Thursday.

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