Caleb Lee Hutchinson’s visit to Channel 2 Action News, B98.5

Fred Blankeship of Channel 2 Action News interviews Caleb Lee Hutchinson, who visited the WSB building Tuesday morning as part of his ‘American Idol” hometown visit. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/

Posted Tuesday, May 15, 2018 by RODNEY HO/ on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

The next possible “American Idol” Caleb Lee Hutchinson swept through the WSB building this morning as the show producers shot footage for his top three hometown visit.

Fred Blankenship, the Channel 2 morning co-anchor, was his host, greeting him in the lobby at about 8 a.m. He did quick interviews with Heather Catlin and me in Studio C, followed by a meet and greet in the WSB newsroom. He spent a few minutes doing an interview with Blankenship, then joked around with the B98.5 morning team before taking numerous selfies and photos with WSB staff back in the lobby. He took it all in with aplomb and a smile.

And he was thrilled when promotions gave him two WSB-TV caps. “My mom will be so happy,” he said. “She’ll have a matching hat with me.”

When someone wanted a photo and Blankenship stepped in to take it, Caleb joked, “Is there a job you don’t do?”

While waiting for an open bathroom, Caleb talked about how some folks mistake his hometown of Dallas, GA with Dallas, Texas. “I get messages like, ‘Texas supports you!’ ”

And Caleb, who lost 80 pounds the past year, said he has managed to maintain his diet in the midst of all the stress of “Idol.” When I asked if he likes Sal’s Pizza in Dallas, he said, “I gotta stay away from the pizza!” When he wants to eat something bad, he said, “I just go and do push ups.”

Later today, he’ll be visiting his home, then South Paulding High School (where he graduated in 2017) and then downtown Dallas to perform a free concert. Channel 2 Action News will be following the action throughout the day and I’ll be there as well.

Heather Catlin was nice enough to take a photo of me doing my Facebook Live with Caleb Lee Hutchinson this morning. CREDIT: Heather Catlin

WSB multi-media journalist Heather Catlin talks to Caleb Lee Hutchinson in Studio C at WSB. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/

B98.5 host Tad Lemire talking to Caleb Lee Hutchinson Tuesday morning during the “American Idol” contestant’s visit to WSB. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/

Charly, mid-day host at B98.5 with Caleb Lee Hutchinson. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/

Kara Leigh, Caleb Lee Hutchinson, Tad Lemire and Drex Rener. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/

Caleb Lee Hutchinson taking photos with WSB staff while Fred Blankenship looks on. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/

Caleb Lee Hutchinson outside IHeartMedia studios before talking to Jason Pullman and Kristen Gates at his favorite radio station 94.;9/The Bull. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/

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