I don’t know that there’s ever been such a mismatch in a final on American Idol. If last night’s competition were a boxing match, Crystal Bowersox scored a final round knock-out of Lee DeWyze. And we’re not talking a TKO. This was a lights-out pile driver that sent Lee straight to the canvas.
But, it’s not a boxing match; it’s a talent competition and the result will be left up to the judges.
Each contestant sang three songs last night:
Song #1: Contestant’s personal choice
Song #2: Producer Simon Fuller’s 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 “The Boxer” was lackluster, and “Everybody Hurts” was a debacle. He really needed a homerun with his “winning” song, but it was a complete whiff. In Lee’s defense, the song chosen for him is not exactly stellar AND IT’S A REMAKE! “Beautiful Day” is a decent song, but it wasn’t 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—“Me And Bobby McGee”—you knew it was Crystal’s night to shine. Her performance of “Black Velvet” wasn’t outstanding, but the song suited Crystal’s 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 “Up To The Mountain”. THIS is how you rise to the challenge. And THIS is how you win American Idol.