I don‚Äôt know that there‚Äôs ever been such a mismatch in a final on American Idol.¬† If last night‚Äôs competition were a boxing match, Crystal Bowersox scored a final round knock-out of Lee DeWyze.¬† And we‚Äôre not talking a TKO.¬† This was a lights-out pile driver that sent Lee straight to the canvas.
But, it‚Äôs not a boxing match; it‚Äôs a talent competition and the result will be left up to the judges.
Each contestant sang three songs last night:
Song #1:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Contestant‚Äôs personal choice
Song #2:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Producer Simon Fuller‚Äôs choice
Song #3: ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† The contestants winning song, which would be released as their fist single.¬†
Crystal deferred when she won the pre-show coin flip, so Lee was the first to perform.¬† He and Crystal then alternated performances.¬†
Lee still seemed like he was bored by the whole thing.¬† His rendition of ‚ÄúThe Boxer‚ÄĚ was lackluster, and ‚ÄúEverybody Hurts‚ÄĚ was a debacle.¬† He really needed a homerun with his ‚Äúwinning‚ÄĚ song, but it was a complete whiff.¬† In Lee‚Äôs defense, the song chosen for him is not exactly stellar AND IT‚ÄôS A REMAKE!¬† ‚ÄúBeautiful Day‚ÄĚ is a decent song, but it wasn‚Äôt even that big of a hit for U2.¬† Its lyrics are somewhat meandering and Lee mumbled his way through most of them.¬† The judges even said he sounded lost.¬†
From her initial performance‚ÄĒ‚ÄúMe And Bobby McGee‚ÄĚ‚ÄĒyou knew it was Crystal‚Äôs night to shine.¬† Her performance of ‚ÄúBlack Velvet‚ÄĚ wasn‚Äôt outstanding, but the song suited Crystal‚Äôs bluesy style.¬† Then there was her final performance.¬† If ever a performer rose to the occasion, this was it.¬† In the most stirring moment of the entire season, Crystal soared to the pinnacle of her talent on ‚ÄúUp To The Mountain‚ÄĚ.¬† ¬†¬†THIS is how you rise to the challenge.¬† And THIS is how you win American Idol.