From what I can tell, Lee DeWyze is a great person, a wonderful human being and inspiration to all.
But he should not have been named the ninth American Idol. Not in a million years.
Sorry, all of you who are fans of Lee, including blog contributor Lady Godiva, but your boy should have been runner-up.
From start to finish this season, Crystal Bowersox was the premier talent. She capped what should have been a championship run with her dominating performance in the finals Tuesday night.
I’m not about to get on a soap box and demand the vote be taken away from America, because that adds the human element — and in this case the element of error.
I wish Lee the best and hope he has a tremendous career, but in my mind, he will always be No. 2.
And the worst part of all of this? Lee winning ruined my streak of picking six straight winners!
THE END HAS COME
And so it ends …
We bid farewell to another season of Idol, which despite its shortcomings this year, remains the best show going on network television. And as much as I complained as the season progressed, I’m going to miss it and there will be a tremendous void on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.
One thing Idol has mastered over the years is always leaving you wanting more, as the past two grand finales have proven. The lineup of stars it assembles for these season-ending shows is borderline incredible. I didn’t want Wednesday night’s show to end — well, in a way I did because I wanted to know who won — because I knew it was not only the end of another Idol season, but the end of the Simon Cowell era.
Idol will never be the same without Simon, even I will admit that. But that doesn’t guarantee it might not even be better. I keep telling myself, “Who was Simon Cowell before Idol?” We had never even heard of the bombastic Brit. Most assuredly, there is another personality out there with the same kind of appeal, right?
Right? Right? Right?
I sure hope so.
RUNDOWN OF GUEST PERFORMANCES
Here’s some thoughts on Wednesday night’s guests and special features, in chronological order:
Alice Cooper: Time has not been kind to Alice. It was nice to see this relic from the ’70s, but …
Kris Allen: It’s amazing to see Kris one year later. I predicted a year ago at this time he would have a longer and more successful career than Adam Lambert and I’m sticking with that forecast. Kris will eventually morph into Mr. Adult Contemporary.
Tribute to Simon Cowell: Some classic clips from the past. I’m going to miss Simon. A lot.
Bee Gees: They’ve still got it. Their reprisal of “How Deep Is Your Love” was spot on. For those who care, the first album I ever purchased was by the Bee Gees in 1967. I believe the price was $3.33. Yeah, it’s been a long and crazy road.
Michael McDonald: Gave us one of the Doobie Brothers’ all-time great offerings in “Takin’ It To The Streets.” Great memories. Michael Lynche accompanied him and was tremendous. Big Mike should have performed this song during the competition.
Dane Cook: More jabs at Simon. Not bad, until it broke down in an embarrassing moment when one of the former Idol losers had a meltdown and a cutaway to a commercial was needed. Awkward. Very awkward.
Christina Aguilera: Christina can be mesmerizing, but I always find myself wondering if she is trying to be the new Madonna or the next Gwen Stefani.
Ricky Gervais: Another comedy-laced tribute to Simon. Maybe I’m in the minority, but I just don’t find Ricky that hilarious.
Hall and Oates: I never realized John Oates was that short. He looked like Paul Simon, back when Paul Simon had real hair.
Alanis Morissette: She always intrigues me. I love the sound of her voice and her lyrics are always thought-provoking. (Great boots, too.)
Carrie Underwood: Could the 2005 Idol champ have possibly looked any better? Holy cow. (By the way, I have no idea what she sang. I couldn’t get past the outfit.)
Bret Michaels: Geez, it was great to see him perform instead of having to wade through another medical report concerning his condition. The guy’s had a rough year. Think the audience appreciated seeing him, too? Wow.
Chicago: A great medley, featuring Lee DeWyze. I’m not sure, but I think this is about the 14th reincarnation of this classic group. Whatever happened to Peter Cetera?
Larry Platt and William Hung: Pants on the ground, pants on the ground … you had to smile.
Paula Abdul: Her “To Sir, With Love” tribute to Simon was tremendous. She was a goofball, but it was great to see her on Idol again.
The past idols: An epic performance, which showcased the kind of talent this show has produced. I was ecstatic just to see Kimberly Caldwell again.
Simon Cowell: He told us it has been the best 10 years of his life. He told us the show will go forward. “It’s been a blast, thank you,” he told us. Thank you, Simon.
Janet Jackson: She still sounds great, but girl, what happened to that beautiful hair?
Joe Cocker: I think they saved the best for last. Joe can still scream, and he can still sing.
It’s been another great year for this blog. New friends were made and new Idol-aholics joined the family. Thanks to each and every one of you for reading. We’ll be back next January, and we’ll also be commenting in the offseason when circumstances warrant — such as when Simon’s replacement is named.
See you soon!