Last night, Lee was announced the winner of this year’s “American Idol.” I felt Crystal outperformed Lee on Tuesday night, but Lee does have a more-commercial sound that could heard on modern rock and hit radio stations. I’m a fan of both singers and I have a strong feeling they will have successful careers.
A majority of the show included tributes to Simon Cowell, since he is leaving “American Idol.” Some of the highlights from last night’s finale include a group performance with Alice Cooper, Bret Michaels singing after his recent health problems, Crystal singing with Alanis Morissette, Lee and Crystal singing together with Joe Cocker, and Janet Jackson performing. The strangest moments of the finale included Dane Cook’s tribute to Simon being interrupted by a former contestant, and General Larry Plats singing his “Pants On The Ground” song with William Hung. Thankfully, there wasn’t a fake award ceremony this year.
Top 12 with Alice Cooper
Casey with Bret Michaels
Crystal with Alanis Morissette
Lee and Crystal with Joe Cocker
General Larry Platt and William Hung
Simon with previous winners
Watch the announcement of the winner and Lee sing “Beautiful Day”:
Last night was the “American Idol” showdown that I had been wanting to see for about six weeks, Lee versus Crystal. The beginning of the show started off strange; not only did the camera capture Crystal dropping her microphone as the final two contestants walked through the audience, but the viewers watched as she turned around and started over after someone gave her the signal to begin walking again. Round one started off slow for both, with Crystal barely winning in my opinion.
After the second and third rounds last night, I have to confirm my original prediction that Crystal will win Season 9.
I have been a fan of Lee since the Top 12 performance show, and felt he was becoming the dark horse in this year’s competition; Lee has been growing, gaining confidence, and performing like he wants to win. Unfortunately, Lee seemed nervous last night and it showed; even though he sounded good during rounds 2 and 3, I felt Lee didn’t come to win. On the opposite side, Crystal has been losing touch with herself the past few weeks and not living up to her expectations; last night, she was back and she was on fire during the last two rounds. Her final song to close the show was “the moment” every artist waits to have on the stage; she waited until the very last song of the competition to have her moment.
Watch Crystal sing “Black Velvet”:
Watch Crystal sing “Up To The Mountain”:
Watch Lee sing “Everybody Hurts”:
Watch Lee sing “Beautiful Day”:
Last night were the performances by the final three contestants. Each contestant sang one song of their choice and one song selected by the judges. I felt Lee came prepared to win as he outperformed the competition. Lee’s first song was Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man,” which reminded me of Shinedown’s cover version. Lee did an amazing job performing “Halleluja,” a perfect song selected by Simon. I thought Crystal was the second best performer last night; she showed off her vocal range during her second song, which was an excellent performance of Paul McCartney’s “Maybe I’m Amazed.”
Watch Lee sing “Simple Man”:
Watch Lee sing “Hallelujah”:
Watch Crystal sing “Maybe I’m Amazed”:
Last night were the performances for cinema week. The four remaining contestants each sang a song individually and also performed a duet. Even though the two duets were excellent, the four individual songs weren’t as good as they should have been. With so many great songs to select from, Crystal shocked everyone by selecting “I’m Alright” from the movie Caddyshack; I thought Crystal’s risky version of the Kenny Loggins song stood out as the best individual performance from last night.
Watch Crystal sing “I’m Alright”:
Watch Crystal and Lee sing “Falling Slowly” together:
Watch Casey and Michael sing “Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman” together:
Last night were the performances for Frank Sinatra week. Unlike the previous musicians acting as a mentor, Harry Connick Jr. was a true mentor by spending more time with the contestants and helping to rearrange the songs for them; he set the new standard for all future musicians that want to be a mentor versus offering a few hours of advice in exchange for publicity.
I felt Lee stood out well above the other four contestants last night; not only did he show off his personality, but he also remembered who he was as an artist. The second best performance of the night was by Michael; he looked comfortable and his vocals sounded great. For the second week in a row, front-runner Crystal did not remain true to herself and ended up having a terrible night.
Watch Lee perform “That’s Life”:
Watch Michael perform “”:
Last night were the performances for Shania Twain week. Country music typically seems to be difficult for most contestants each year, but Season 9 seemed to be different. Lee was able to turn “You’re Still The One” into a song that could be played on pop/hit radio stations; in a strange way, his version slightly reminded me of a ballad by Papa Roach or Buck Cherry. Next to Lee, I felt Aaron had the second best performance. Siobhan, Casey, and Michael also did a pretty good job this week. Even though Crystal always seems to give a great performance, last night was not her night to shine.
Watch Lee sing “You’re Still The One”:
Watch Aaron sing “You’ve Got A Way”:
Last night were the performances for Idol Gives Back week, in which all of the contestants sang inspirational songs.
Crystal, singing “People Get Ready,” was the first time she performed on the stage without an instrument; it was an emotional performance in which she broke down in tears at the end. My second favorite performance was Lee singing an inspirational version of “The Boxer” while playing the acoustic guitar.
With the season half over, I currently feel Crystal and Lee could end up in the finals based on their performances so far this season.
Watch Crystal sing “People Get Ready”:
Watch Lee sing “The Boxer”:
Last night were the performances for Elvis week. With Michael Lynche being saved by the judges last week, the same nine contestants performed last night; two contestants will go home after tonight’s results show.
I thought Tim Urban sang a beautiful acoustic version of “Can’t Help Falling In Love.” My other favorite performance was when Lee DeWyze sang “A Little Less Conversation,” a song that was resurrected and remixed into a dance hit several years ago; Lee made the song sound modern and current.
Watch Tim sing “Can’t Help Falling In Love”:
Watch Lee sing “A Little Less Conversation”:
Last night were the performances for The Beatles week. Even though Crystal had a cold, it was not noticable when she put on another great performance; she sang the classic “Come Together,” which was accompanied by a didgeridoo. Even though the didgeridoo seemed like an odd choice, it worked. My other favorite performance from last night was when Casey sang “Jealous Guy.”
Watch Crystal sing “Come Together”:
Watch Casey sing “Jealous Guy”:
Last night were the performances for R&B week. Lee DeWyze’s performance of “Treat Her Like A Lady” was my favorite from the night. My other favorite performance was when Crystal Bowersox traded in her guitar for a piano to sing “Midnight Train To Georgia.” Even though I previously said I will keep my posts short by only writing about my two favorite performances each week, I have to give honorable mentions to Andrew Garcia and Michael Lynche.
Watch Lee sing “Treat Her Like A Lady”:
Watch Crystal sing “Midnight Train To Georgia”:
Watch Andrew sing “Forever”:
Watch Michael sing “Ready For Love”: