I donâ€™t know that thereâ€™s ever been such a mismatch in a final on American Idol.Â If last nightâ€™s competition were a boxing match, Crystal Bowersox scored a final round knock-out of Lee DeWyze.Â And weâ€™re not talking a TKO.Â This was a lights-out pile driver that sent Lee straight to the canvas.
But, itâ€™s not a boxing match; itâ€™s a talent competition and the result will be left up to the judges.
Each contestant sang three songs last night:
Song #1:Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Contestantâ€™s personal choice
Song #2:Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Producer Simon Fullerâ€™s choice
Song #3: Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â The contestants winning song, which would be released as their fist single.Â
Crystal deferred when she won the pre-show coin flip, so Lee was the first to perform.Â He and Crystal then alternated performances.Â
Lee still seemed like he was bored by the whole thing.Â His rendition of â€śThe Boxerâ€ť was lackluster, and â€śEverybody Hurtsâ€ť was a debacle.Â He really needed a homerun with his â€świnningâ€ť song, but it was a complete whiff.Â In Leeâ€™s defense, the song chosen for him is not exactly stellar AND ITâ€™S A REMAKE!Â â€śBeautiful Dayâ€ť is a decent song, but it wasnâ€™t even that big of a hit for U2.Â Its lyrics are somewhat meandering and Lee mumbled his way through most of them.Â The judges even said he sounded lost.Â
From her initial performanceâ€”â€śMe And Bobby McGeeâ€ťâ€”you knew it was Crystalâ€™s night to shine.Â Her performance of â€śBlack Velvetâ€ť wasnâ€™t outstanding, but the song suited Crystalâ€™s bluesy style.Â Then there was her final performance.Â If ever a performer rose to the occasion, this was it.Â In the most stirring moment of the entire season, Crystal soared to the pinnacle of her talent on â€śUp To The Mountainâ€ť.Â Â Â THIS is how you rise to the challenge.Â And THIS is how you win American Idol.