For the first time, I am not recording the entire American Idol finale. My VCR is recording The Office retrospective and finale. My DVD recorder is recording The Big Bang Theory season finale. I set that recorder to start recording Idol from 9:30 to 10:20 knowing it’s going to run late and knowing if I use a screen cap with this blog entry, it will most likely be a picture of the moment the winner is revealed.
The show started with a group number I didn’t pay any attention to. It wasn’t very impressive but the number of former Idol contestants in the audience was kind of impressive.
The Band Perry rocked out their single Gone with the help of Janelle who sounded great and looked hot with them. She even got all the choreography down which made her look even hotter. Suddenly I’m feeling more optimistic about her chances of being a successful recording artist in the years to come.
A surprisingly funny (for Idol) explanation for the suspicious elimination of the five boys in a row included clips from their performances cleverly edited with bits showing how the devious girls secretly sabotaged them. We will never know what really happened this season with the boys but we Idol fans have no shortage of theories.
A surpringly in tune Frankie Valli medley was performed by the five guys followed by Frankie Valli himself coming out to sing with them. He sounded amazing especially considering he’s almost 80. Not only did he sound good, he sounded better than any of the boys who have almost a 60 year advantage on him. Keith Urban was really getting into it. I have a feeling Nikki didn’t recognize any of the songs except the theme from Grease.
Mariah sang a medley or something but I wasn’t paying attention because I was too busy going over what I had written in the previous paragraphs. She sounded good if you like that sort of thing.
Amber and Emili Sande sang the latter’s song, Next To Me. While pitch perfect, Amber sounded positively anemic compared to Emili.
Psy performed his latest release, Gentlemen, no doubt to remind Lazaro Arbos (or any of the other boys for that matter) that you don’t really have to have a good voice to make in the music business.
Keith graced the stage performing his new single Little Bit of Everything. I liked it. And thanks to his Idol tenure, I’ll get to hear it on the radio often this summer. It’s hard to explain but I liked was that the tone he produced from his guitar during his solo at the end of the song seemed to fit his personality perfectly.
Candice sang Inseparable with Jennifer Hudson who was there no doubt to remind all the boys and girls that you don’t have to win on Idol to have a successful post-Idol career. It was an emotional and impressive duet even if they weren’t singing in tune with each other some, actually a lot, of the time.
Angie sang Titanium, a staple of TV talent shows, with Adam Lambert. I thought they sounded fantastic together. I guess the producers really like her because after that, she got to sing with her idol, Jessie J. Again, she sounded fantastic. Apparently the duet with Jessie J. came at the expense of Angie doing a repeat performance of her own song which made her stand out during Hollywood week. To compensate for that loss, Jessie invited Angie to sing that song in concert in the UK this summer at one of Jessie’s concerts. Angie quickly accepted the invite.
The contestants talking about the judges was mostly lame.
Kree sang Keith’s song Where The Blacktop Ends accompanied by Keith on guitar and vocals and Randy on bass. I don’t remember the name of the drummer. He wasn’t a judge. Since it was a country song, it was perfect for Kree.
Kree performed with two judges. Candice sang with a former Idol contestant. Even though Keith and Jennifer are talented, acclaimed and have won all sorts of awards, I felt bad that neither of them sang with anybody outside the Idol universe. Angie got more airtime and got to sing with someone she adores. You’d think she was the winner.
A retrospective of Randy’s 12 years on American Idol was, for me, for you, surprisingly untouching. It made me nostalgic for Simon and Paula but even a softie like me couldn’t shed a tear for the departing dawg.
Aretha Franklin performed in an NYC recording studio while the top five girls performed with her on the Idol stage in Hollywood. A couple days ago she cancelled a few performances for health reasons. If this is what she sounds like sick, she’s more amazing than I ever imagined. She still has it. The girls were basically her backup singers.
Jennifer Lopez performed with Pitbull but nobody from this or any season. Then during the following commercial break that same song was heard in a Kohl’s commercial. In my day, she’d be considered a sellout.
I wonder if this opportunity to plug her latest dreck is a step to bring J Lo back as a judge. Rumors had her being pursued by Idol producers to replace the mindnumbing Mariah in the final few weeks of this season. I hope she doesn’t come back. If they have to recycle female judges, I’d much rather see Kara or Paula return. The first auditions for next season are in less than two months. If the judges are all going to be replaced, the producers are no doubt searching already. Actually, after they saw the ratings tank so badly, they’ve probably been pursuing new judges for weeks already.
Kree and Candice performed One Less Bell To Answer, their final song as Idol contestants. Then Ryan got the envelope with the name of the winner and didn’t even break for a commercial before revealing its contents. With his usual professionalism, Ryan declared Candice the winner. The nightmare farce of a season is over. Now I can get on with my life.
I’m looking forward to America’s Got Talent and So You Think You Can Dance but first I have to watch the season finale of Big Bang Theory and the series finale The Office. I hope I can do it. I still have on tape and unwatched, the series finales of Boston Legal and Veronica Mars. Unlike certain judges, sometimes I have trouble saying goodbye to favorite TV shows and avoid doing it altogether.