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      American Idol finalists mom 'stuck in reality'

      Asheville,NC (WLOS) -- Caleb Johnson of Asheville, NC is enjoying his run as an American Idol finalist and his mom has to enjoy the performances from afar.

      Tamra Johnson is a CPA and with April 15th around the corner, she won't be headed to Hollywood for awhile.

      She says Caleb's rise to stardom helps her get through the toughest time of the year.

      "It's a real stressful time, so it helps relieve some of the stress I think," explains Tamra.

      Wednesday night, Caleb rocked the stage again. "He's right in his element," his mother tells us.

      His Led Zeppelin cover even made judge "J-Lo" swoon.

      "And to have someone like Jennifer Lopez tell my son he's sexy on stage, I wasn't sure what to make of that," she says laughingly.

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