@AndyShore This is it folks. The finale. Tonight they perform. Tomorrow a new American Idol is crowned. I’m on record as saying I want Crystal Bowersox to win, although I think Lee DeWyze will walk away as the new champion. The format has changed from last season. The first is the contestant’s favorite song from this season. The second is chosen by Exec Producer Simon Fuller. Last is the song they will release if they win. I’m glad they aren’t handcuffing the contestants like they did last year with “No Boundaries.” That was just terrible and ruined part of the finale. I’m glad they’re learning from their mistakes. That, or they’re reading my live blog. I hear it’s getting pretty good.
8:10 “The Boxer” was not my favorite performance from Lee DeWyze this season. I think he’s performing it better this time around, but I don’t think it’s blowing anybody away. He needs to be in it to win it. Randy told him to get the energy going. Ellen said she couldn’t be prouder if she birthed him herself.
8:15 “Me and Bobby McGee” was one of my favorite Crystal Bowersox performances of the season. I remember being floored the first time around. She was great this time too. She brought a ton more energy than Lee. That’s what you need to do for the finale.
8:22 Simon Fuller chose “Everybody Hurts” for Lee. I could hear how this would sound before he even sang it, and it sounded the same as I expected. Not a bad performance, but not a pitch perfect performance either. There was more energy, but still nothing that matched Crystal.
8:31 Crystal is singing “Black Velvet” as per Simon Fuller’s choice. Wow. She brought the fire on that one. Went for the notes, had the right amount of grit in her voice. The judges loved it. That’s two straight rounds that go to Crystal. George Costanza would wrap himself in that “Black Velvet” if given the opportunity.
8:39 Lee’s first single could be “Beautiful Day.” Zack’s girlfriend has him on a U2 kick. I wonder how he’d swallow that pill coming from Idol. Maybe she’ll take a guess. It’s more likely she reads this than Zack does. I don’t think any of Lee’s performances were good enough to win this competition. Not great, but not awful. Crystal would have to tank her performance for me to think Lee has a chance.
8:49 Crystal’s first single could be “Up to the Mountain.” I can’t wait to hear the rest of her music, if this is the first single. Folksy, with enough gospel and soul to fuel James Brown’s church in Blues Brothers. Randy is right. That was incredible. Ellen said if Crystal made a salad, she’d eat it. Is that a lesbian joke? Simon’s last critique on American Idol? That was outstanding.
My take: Crystal Bowersox will win American Idol, if all is good and right in the world. All three of her performances were better than all three of Lee’s performances. They weren’t anywhere close to the same level tonight.