Michael Johns: Saturday’s American Idol Tour Tribute, Memorial Plans Underway

I wish there were more videos from the American Idol Live tour. Apparently, American Idol alum, Michael Johns, who died on Friday from a blood clot to his ankle, was honored Saturday night at the concert in Kansas City. I did a search on Youtube and came up with nothing, unfortunately.

Winner, Caleb Johnson, shared the details with People magazine:

Season 13 champ Caleb Johnson, who says he admired and “looked up” to Johns before he landed on the reality show himself, dedicated a tour stop to him over the weekend. The two met at a movie theater in Los Angeles a couple months ago, when Johns warmly complimented the newly minted winner, Johnson says.

“That was just a magical moment,” he tells PEOPLE of honoring Johns at the Idol concert. “You got that feeling and that warmth, and the audience was great with it. It was just a really powerful moment. My thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family, because I know this just has to be a shock, and it’s a tragedy.”

I’m really glad the kids took a few minutes to honor Michael at the concert. I’m sure the Idol fans in the audience really appreciated it. Also, it’s important to remember the Idol contestants who set a path ahead of you. Sam Woolf, for instance, can thank Michael for being “saved” by the judges after he was eliminated at Top 8. It had to be–at least in part–Michael’s surprising ouster during the same week, that inspired the producers to introduce the “Judges Save” in season 8. The new twist gave worthy contestants who were the victims of wonky voting, a second chance.

As far as plans for a stateside memorial service are concerned, Michael’s friend, Kevin Hyland, told People that everything is still “up in the air,” as the singer’s family travels from Australia to be by the side of his wife, Stacey.

“I don’t think anything has been concrete yet,” he said of funeral plans. “I’m sure something like that will go on. I can’t imagine that it wouldn’t. There were so many people who loved him.”

“He was a special guy for sure,” Haaland said. “Outside of the crazy voice and musical talent that he had, he was also just genuinely one of the funniest people to ever walk [the Earth]. He loved to laugh and to make other people laugh, and people just wanted to be his friend.”

The duo, Haaland told People, were in the process of recording new songs together. There are unfinished tracks that may never be released. “I really don’t know at this point,” said Hyland. “I haven’t been able to bring myself to listen to him sing yet.”

Via People Magazine

  • Trina

    That was really, really nice of the Idols to do. I know Caleb tweeted that the show that night would be in his honor but its nice to hear they really did do something at the show dedicated to him. Those were nice words from Caleb too, how great they he got to meet him. MJ sure sounded like a really, really good guy.

    “I haven’t been able to bring myself to listen to him sing yet.”

    :(

  • Mr. Right

    Very nice of Caleb to show honor to Michael Johns. Caleb isn’t this mean jerk that some people make him out to be.

  • HappyDaisy_2

    Hope Idol plans a classy, fitting tribute to Michael Johns for the beginning of next season.

    MJ said: “Also, it’s important to remember the Idol contestants who set a path ahead of you.” So true.

  • carola99

    Awww man. I still am in shock this tragedy happened.
    So many people loved him. So sad. Bless you Michael. Hope you are in a better place..

  • lkingcorn

    I was disappointed to see that you were unable to find any vids of the idol show on Saturday night dedicated to Michael Johns on two fronts. One that we be no vids showing the tribute. Secondly that there are few vids of this tour like years past.

  • geekygirl

    I keep seeing these words but my brain keeps saying no, it can’t be. Just cannot believe it, he was such an endearing guy. Loved him on idol, and loved every snippet I ever saw on him afterwards. RIP and glad that people are showing they felt the same about him

  • Anna106

    This is a special performance during Season 7 that seems fitting here. Many of the contestants of that season were vocal about their faith (and still are)…and it justs reinterates how talented this group was.

    American Idol: Shouts to the Lord

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjgRLA6UkXA

  • jt45

    I’m a bit surprised we haven’t heard anything from either Syesha or Jason. Especially Syesha.

  • Judes

    Thanks MJ. Cant believe there is no video on this unless the stadium photo police are more prevalent these days.What a great idea to do this.Lovely words from Caleb. Being an idol really is like belonging to a family & they feel it when someone passes. Yes I do believe Michael’s early shock departure on Idol brought in the Save -something other idols recently can be very grateful for. It has been wonderful looking back over all the videos of Michael singing – so grateful his voice will linger on through these.

  • albean99

    I hope Idol does something to honor Michael next season. He was such a great guy and so talented. Still sad.