Having said that, this season was almost a complete and utter waste of my time. Boring. Uninspiring. Dull, dull, dull. Little talent. I didn't feel too connected to anyone in particular. I was very, very disappointed overall. And I don't get disappointed in the cheesiness that is American Idol too often. I usually enjoy every corny moment of it.
But this season... I only voted once or twice, and that was for Siobhan Magnus. She had potential. Too bad she didn't live up to it. At least she was entertaining! Once she and Tim Urban were gone, the entertainment was pretty much over.
But I kept watching. It was Crystal's competition to lose the entire season. She had genuine talent and just totally overshadowed everybody else in the competition. That made it even more lame. It's supposed to be a competition for crying out loud - and it's supposed to be about finding the best singer. If the judges picked the 24 best singers in America, I promise it wouldn't have been this bunch of amateurs. I don't know what they're going for when they try to cast the show with various personality types. I'd much rather watch a real competition among talented performers, but I guess that's too much to ask for.
And then the voting this season drove me nuts, even more so than usual. We lost some early potential talents (Lilly Scott, Alex Lambert, etc.) and kept people who were clearly not as talented (Paige Miles, Andrew Garcia, etc.) or not as entertaining. I don't get it.
The Top 3 ended up being Casey, Lee, and Crystal. This was Lee's breakout week. It always ends up that the person who gets the most momentum at the end wins the whole thing, so they were setting it up to look like Lee had already won. I mean, can the producers be even more obvious with their hints about who they want to win? They gave Lee all kinds of dramatic camera angles and an entire choir for goodness sakes. Ha ha. Way to be subtle. My favorite performances for Top 3 week were Lee's "Simple Man" and Crystal's "Maybe I'm Amazed." I really didn't enjoy either one of Casey's performances. It was like he had already checked himself out of the competition.
A Crystal-Lee finale had been predicted all over the internet for weeks and weeks by this point, so it was no surprise to see them face off. Crystal had her best night and I was happy to see some real talent! She really out-sang Lee by a long shot. She did an amazing job with the song that would've been her first single had she won - "Up to the Mountain." I think she gets to release it anyway, but whatever. Lee has been a bundle of nerves since the very beginning and has zero stage presence whatsoever. And I know all the tweens out there are all googley-eyed over his adorable nervousness, but for the finale I was expecting much more out of him. And then I was all confused that his coronation song was "Beautiful Day" by U2! They've never had the contestants do covers of songs for their first single. Weird. But I'm sure Lee's recording of it will be amazing. His recordings are always good, despite doing a horrible job up on that stage some nights.
After such a horrible season, the finale results show was very refreshing. The fun, cheesy entertainment returned and I was thrilled! I love all the old-timey performers they get to come on the show...ha ha ha. It's fun to watch someone who dedicated their whole life to music still get up there and give it their all. Awesome. Crystal performed with Alanis - OMG, exciting! And Christina Aguilera, Carrie Underwood, and Janet Jackson were amazing. Then I got all nostalgic with all the clips they showed from earlier seasons and when all the winners (except one - I didn't see David Cook) sang a song together. They said goodbye to Simon - he won't be back next season. I didn't think I would miss him, but I was wrong! I got sad! And Paula came back (looking dang good for her age in her hot little pink dress! ha ha) and tried to do a little stand-up routine. OMG, hilarious. Bring Paula back! I missed her stumbling over her words and acting drunk. Oh, man.
Deep down, I can't hate this show.
Sooo, of course Lee is the winner. Crystal deserved it, but Lee's reaction to his name being called was absolutely priceless. I started rooting for him right as they were both standing there waiting for the results. Crystal looked content and I knew she could handle being second place. Lee on the other hand was so nervous, his hands were shaking! I - all of a sudden - didn't want him to be disappointed! And then Ryan Seacrest called Lee's name and Lee immediately dropped his hands to his knees and looked like he was about to vomit. HA HA. He was shocked. And then he started CRYING. OMG, the tweens are going nuts I'm sure! He tried to thank the fans who voted, but he couldn't really get it out and he kept crying! I was happy for him. That moment made the whole season worthwhile for me. It took long enough to get some emotion out of Lee and it was well worth it. I just wish the rest of the season had kept me so emotionally involved! I was almost in tears myself (I'm such a wuss).
I think I'm ready for next season!