American Idol (FOX, CR: Michael Becker)

Jena Irene and Caleb Johnson faced off last night on American Idol at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles, and for Irene it was pretty much the experience of a lifetime.

“To just perform in front of an audience of that many people and in an amazing venue is so different than what we’re used to each week,” said Irene. “So I was definitely a little bit nervous but I was excited more than anything. My adrenaline was going just the whole time.”

For judge Harry Connick Jr., the matchup reminded him of one of boxing’s greatest rivalries. “It really is kind of like Ali and Frazier. Caleb really (packs) a powerhouse punch and Jena is really more of like a boxer (laughs). It really seems like that.”

This season’s American Idol champ will be crowned tonight (FOX, 8 pm et/pt), and one of the many anticipated moments will be Irene’s collaboration with Paramore. Click on the media bar below to hear Irene talk about getting the chance to perform with the popular band:

To check out Caleb Johnson’s thoughts on the impending results of American Idol, check out the post on our sister site Deepest Dream.

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