American Idol 9 Winner Is Crowned - May 26, 2010
American Idol 9 has finished up and it came down to a battle between Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox for the win. The vote was read and Lee is your winner of season nine. He finished out the show singing "Beautiful Day". I have to say that I was a bit surprised to hear that the finalists got to do covers for songs as their single to be released. Crystal may have come in second but she is going to do just fine from here as she made a lot of fans over her Idol run. Great finale. So many great moments. I do kind of miss when the finales used to be more about the cast instead of how many stars that they could fit on the show. However, this finale had a lot of great moments. Bret Michaels performing "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" with Casey James was awesome. Bret has all of these health issues going on but he is all over TV this week. Great for him and their performance was great as well. I also really liked Crystal and Alanis Morrissette. They definitely have a very similar style of sound so that was a good pairing. Janet Jackson was great. She owned that stage tonight. Carrie Underwood was her usual self and great as always. I enjoyed the trio of Joe Cocker teaming up with Lee and Crystal. My favorite moment of the whole show was the tribute to Simon Cowell by the Idol alum. Incredible song. It started with seven of the eight Idol winners all coming on stage to sing including Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia, Carrie Underwood, Jordin Sparks, Taylor Hicks, and Kris Allen. Many other Idol alum then came on the stage and it felt like being at a high school reunion seeing a lot of my favorite Idol alums from over the years. Simon got on stage and gave a farewell speech. Paula Abdul returned as well for the finale to say goodbye to him. This show will not be the same with him gone. It will be interesting to see how the show does without him cause I see it losing a lot of its punch. Lots of fun montages of him throughout the show. Just a fun finale all around and time flew by watching it.