Jason, you were right.

Lee DeWyze was crowned the ninth American Idol tonight, with the result coming at the end of a two-hour-plus show that was actually entertaining at times. DeWyze is a decent enough singer and seems like a nice guy, but when Crystal Bowersox so obviously outshines him in every way, I don’t know what to say about his victory.

So, I’ll just recap some of the things I liked about the show. Yes, most of these people are older and their voices are a little thinner, but they sang the music of my youth and made me feel 10 years old again.

  • The Bee Gees! If you know me at all, you know my soft spot for Bee Gees music. Maurice was missed since I’ll always think of the brothers as a trio but it was cool to have Barry and Robin Gibb come out singing “How Deep is Your Love.” When I was a kid learning English, I’d try to transcribe songs I heard on the radio and this was one of them since it was nice and slow. (I still had a little trouble: “And we’re living in a world of fools, drinking us down…”)
  • Alanis Morrissette sang with Crystal on “You Oughta Know,” which was kickin’. Alanis was classy enough to hold back vocally so she wouldn’t steal Crystal’s spotlight (I’ve seen Alanis live from the pit—she can blow!) and immediately stepped away when the song was over, giving Crystal the floor. I had to laugh, though, at the cleaned up lyric made safe for prime-time TV. Crystal sang, “Is she perverted like me? Would she go down with you to a theater?” Wait a minute, so every time I accompany someone to a theater, I’m a pervert? Dang, I guess I’ve been perverted my whole life, sometimes for hours in one day with double features.
  • Hall & Oates singing “You Make My Dreams Come True,” with Daryl Hall in strong voice and John Oates almost unrecognizable without his famous ‘stache. I suppose this is an appropriate song considering the occasion but I wish they’d sung “I Can’t Go for That”—I like that song’s groovy, sexy feel—instead of leaving it to the Idol guys, including 16-year-old Aaron Kelly singing lyrics like “I’d do anything that you want me to…,” which is kinda wrong.
  • Bret Michaels dueting with Casey James on “Every Rose Has Its Thorn.” Six months ago, I couldn’t have cared less about this performance since I’m no Poison fan. But seeing Michaels come out to sing was pretty amazing, considering he was at death’s door just weeks ago due to a brain hemorrhage. He looked and sounded as if nothing had happened, with him and Casey shredding their guitars with glee and harmonizing as if they’d been doing it for years. I don’t care what anyone says—I think Casey’s a true rocker. Watch video below.
  • I had mixed feelings about Janet Jackson‘s two-number performance. The first song, “Nothing,” was kinda boring but the eery thing was she sounded exactly like Michael! If you closed your eyes, you would’ve thought MJ was singing. Her voice has never resembled his that much before so I don’t know what was going on. And then she got “Nasty”! Anybody getting nasty on stage is good entertainment.
  • Oh yeah, I guess I gotta mention all the Simon tributes. Paula looked great but should never do standup—so awkward up there trying to crack jokes. Simon should never try to act, like he did in that one skit with him and Randy waking up together in bed. Enjoyed the satellite toast from Ricky Gervais, always the funniest man in the room. Other than that, I’ll miss Simon but as Paula said, the show will go on. After tonight’s results, though, whether I’ll watch is yet to be decided.

What were your favorite moments? No, it couldn’t have been Lee singing with Chicago. What else? Did anyone vote for Lee? What did you think when Bret Michaels walked out on stage?

Photos: FOX



  • Reply
    May 27, 2010 at 12:36 am

    I LOVE LEE!!!! THANK GOD HE WON!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

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    Naomi Johnson
    May 27, 2010 at 5:11 am

    I haven’t watched AI at all this year but I am so sorry to have missed Hall & Oates. I’d walk on broken glass to hear Daryl Hall sing. I never miss an episode of Live From Daryl’s House, the best show on the web, bar none.

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      May 27, 2010 at 11:55 am

      You can watch the performance here, Naomi.

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    May 27, 2010 at 7:15 am

    Some random thoughts:

    John Oates was the one “older” performer who didn’t look ancient.

    Say what you will about Bret Michaels (who, despite the skank factor, appears to be, by all acounts, a decent and caring guy – that sentence might win Guinness for most commas) he is a gutsy marketing machine.

    Paula is just as awkward off the judging panel as on.

    The Bee Gees were also big during my childhood and I grew up on their music. So why is it that I kept picturing Jimmy Fallon’s “Barry Gibb Show” from SNL during that performance? Where was my karate kick? “I’m f’ing Barry Gibb!”

    Ricky Gervais is simply comic gold.

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      May 27, 2010 at 11:58 am

      Haha! Now I’ve got Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake in my head doing those high kicks and wearing those ridiculous wigs!

      When Hall & Oates first appeared, I thought, “Did they replace Oates?” because he DID look too young and was sans mustache.

      Did you worry for Joe Cocker’s health at all while he was singing? He was screaming some notes that I thought might give him cardiac arrest.

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        May 27, 2010 at 11:59 am

        I think the worry about Joe Cocker’s health started about 40 years ago, didn’t it?

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          Pop Culture Nerd
          May 27, 2010 at 12:07 pm

          Oh, wow. I don’t think I was worrying about him that far back. Then again, I was a toddler.

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    May 27, 2010 at 8:58 am

    Didn’t get home from work to watch the whole show. Janet Jackson was on stage – was her second number. I left the room when Ryan brought up Crystal + Lee with him. Although she should have won, I knew Lee would. And I simply couldn’t stand there seeing Crystal being a good sport + Lee getting teary-eyed because he won. I wish him well but hope Crystal blows him out of the water musically as time goes on. As for American Idol, I think the show needs an overhaul including judges. That or retire it.

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      May 27, 2010 at 12:03 pm

      I agree, Donna, on the overhaul. If producers can’t get an amazing judge to step in and anchor the show, it’s gonna fall apart.

      I’d been so sure for the whole season about Crystal winning because it was so OBVIOUS that I was speechless when Lee won. Still scratching my head.

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    May 27, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Last night was lot of filler, but I did enjoy seeing Joe Cocker on stage. But, all you have to do is replay the tape on the performance with COcker, Lee and Crystal to see who should have won last night.

    I felt like Christina Aguilera (sp?) was a bit overwrought and uncomfortable to watch. I know she’s had a kid and all, but dang, she should fire her stylist or whoever suggested the spandex outfit she wore. Not a hater, but I wouldn’t want to see Springsteen, Jagger or even Justin Timberlake (or Bieber) in a speedo either. Don’t get me started on Janet Jackson! Some people like that cat suit thing she had going, but it only served to remind me of the days of when she was in much better shape.

    ALSO: I thought I was watching a duet with Janet and Michael via old stock footage at point. I kept waiting for the special effect of when Janet would morph into Michael. She just sounded so much like him. Very scary!

    I thought Chicago needed some oxygen tanks because they just couldn’t do it last night. And I am a big fan of their music. This was just sad. Same with the BeeGees. Yeah, I can how it gave you all these memories of your childhood, but they just shouldn’t be performing anymore. Let their legacy of music speak for itself.

    Hall and Oates were okay.

    Alice Cooper looked exactly the same! I know that’s a lot of makeup, but he didn’t look bad at all and he sounded good. Although I have to admit, the way he was twirling that cane in his hand I felt sure he was going to do some martial arts ass whooping on the zombie kids standing around him.

    I liked the Alanis/Crystal duet, but (PC lyrics aside) I didn’t understand the pacing/crossing choreography. Made no sense. On Another Note: I, too, must be a pervert. Please don’t tell my parents!

    As I mentioned in response to Jason’s post yesterday after I heard the results, I can’t comprehend how anyone could think Lee should have won over Crystal. I think Crystal will have a helluva career in the music biz, but I am still scratching my head as to what the voters were thinking. It’s like someone trying to convince me not only that black is actually white, but that 2 plus 2 really does equal 5.

    Done with AI. It’s turned into Star Search with a bigger budget. At one time it felt like an exclusive club dedicated to finding some real talent, but the last couple of seasons have shown me that any idiot with a text capable phone can join and the new members think Jersey Shore should be nominated for an Emmy. No accounting for taste.

    I will end this rant with a quote from the great Simon Cowell who summed it up best when he was being booed by the crowd for not liking a really bad performance by one of the contestants a few seasons back.

    “What are you booing for? We are trying to find a performer whose music you’ll buy. You wouldn’t buy that song on a CD.”

    Only time will tell what happens to Lee, but rest assured I will be downloading anything Crystal Bowersox puts out.

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      May 28, 2010 at 4:42 pm

      I should’ve just had you write up the review/recap, EIREGO. Well done.

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    Shell Sherree
    May 28, 2010 at 12:47 am

    Well, as you know, PCN, I haven’t been watching this, but thought I’d drop in finally to see how it all panned out. By the way, I thought it WAS “And we’re living in a world of fools, drinking us down…” What in the BeeGeebies is it, then?!

    I can’t have an opinion on who should have won, but I’ve been disappointed a number of times with the results in our Australian version of the show, so I just try and take it with a grain of salt nowadays. The voting just seems to go weirdly sometimes ~ maybe it comes back to people assuming someone’s such a shoe-in that they don’t vote as much for them. But here, we’ve seen that it doesn’t seem to have mattered much in the end ~ the great ones still end up getting contracts and becoming artists. Ricky-Lee was voted off in 7th place in 2004 but her Can’t Touch This is on the SATC2 trailer and soundtrack. Go, Ricky. 🙂

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      May 28, 2010 at 4:46 pm

      Haha! You, too, Shell? It’s “breaking us down.”

      I just saw SATC2! Go, Ricky, indeed. How’s Stan Walker doing in his career?

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        Shell Sherree
        May 28, 2010 at 11:37 pm

        Good question! He released a new single last month, but his ‘original’ album still hasn’t been released. Don’t know what’s going on with thaty! Not much to go on at his official website. His PR seems to be asleep. He has a magic voice, as you know, so I hope they wake up.

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