This is always a bittersweet point in every American Idol season for me. It’s what we’ve worked our way through the past four months to see — the finale. Yet it also represents the end of another season of a show that we have loved so much for more than a decade.
Jena and Caleb were a perfect match for Wednesday’s finals — although I think Alex was a little more deserving. But I’m not here to nitpick at this point. This was an incredibly enjoyable season, right from the beginning, and as excited as I am to see who will win I’m also a bit bummed that at this time next week we will be watching some silly dance show or reruns of some nonsensical summer replacement.
That aside, Wednesday night’s finale was one of the most memorable in the show’s history.
The deciding moment, I felt, was Jena’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love With You” by Elvis Presley. She earned another *MOMENT* for the same song she killed us with two weeks earlier. Yes, Jena should be the next American Idol, but we all know America decides that … so we have to wait until Thursday’s results.
“It’s insane,” judge Keith Urban said. “I’m dying to see what happens Thursday night.”
Aren’t we all?
WEDNESDAY NIGHT RECAP
1. Jena Irene
Songs: “Dog Days are Over,” by Florence and the Machine; “Can’t Help Falling in Love With Your,” by Elvis Presley; “We Are One.”
Keith Urban: “The way that you own that stage is so good.”
Harry Connick Jr.: “You really enjoy being on stage.”
J-Lo: “Your soul comes through, you are so incredibly talented.”
My comment: The Florence and the Machine choice was a perfect fit for Jena and she nailed it, but our girl Jena may have won the championship with her repeat performance of “Can’t Help Falling In Love With You.” It was amazing, arguably the finest performance ever on an American Idol finals show.
2. Caleb Johnson
Songs: “Dream On,” by Aerosmith; “Maybe I’m Amazed,” by Paul McCartney; “As Long As You Love Me.”
Keith Urban: “Don’t get caught up in the gymnastic aspect (of a song.”
Harry Connick Jr.: “When you sing in your low register you are like a GT with super power. I want to see that crazy power.”
J-Lo: “Your power is so undeniable, but at the end of the day when the soul comes through is when the people will get the goosies.”
My comment: Caleb’s performance of “Dream On” probably had Steven Tyler standing up and cheering at home — it was that good. His “Maybe I’m Amazed” was simply overshadowed by Jena’s stunning “Can’t Halp Falling In Love With You.” He closed strong with “AS Long As You Love Me,” but I don’t think it was enough to deny Jena the title.