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American Idol 10: The Winner Is…

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Sorry for the delay in pumping out the recap for American Idol’s Season 10 finale. I went to Usher’s concert last night where Akon, Dev and The Cataracs opened. One of the best concerts I’ve been too in a while. I’m going to do a separate review later on. Afterward, we headed to the official after party and had even more fun. Sufficed to say, I got home pretty late and woke up a bit groggy. Let me tell you, two hours of Idol isn’t the most effective hangover cure. So enough background, let’s get to the show.

I’m sure at this point, you probably already know who the winner is so I won’t pretend to skirt around that issue. After a record-breaking 122 million votes cast, Scotty McCreery was crowned this season’s winner. He clearly was the frontrunner for most of the season, so I’m not completely surprised. That being said, I gave Lauren an outside chance she could pull it off based on the previous night’s performance. All in all, I’m pretty content with the results. Let’s hope Scotty breaks the recent trend of declining sales for an Idol winner.

With Simon Cowell leaving, many were curious to see if Idol would survive without him. Not only has it, but it’s thrived. Along with the aforementioned record-breaking votes, the finale ratings were up an impressive 12% over last year’s show. A fitting ending to a great season. If you missed any part of the season finale, check out the picture-by-picture recap below.

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American Idol 10: Top 2 Performances

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At long last, we’re finally at the Nokia Theater. It’s come down to Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery to fight it out for the “American Idol” crown. Not only is it an all-country final, but it’s the youngest final in Idol history. Would the cool deep-voiced country boy prevail over the Georgia Peach sweetheart?

For the final live performance show of the season, the two have to sing three songs apiece. The first being a redo of an earlier favorite performance, followed by a selection picked by George Strait for Scotty and Carrie Underwood for Lauren. It’s funny how the producers asked two country singers to pick the round two songs, but didn’t show them at all. Perhaps they’re saving it for the bloated 2-hour finale. For their last performance, the two perform their potential singers selected by Jimmy Iovine.

Before we get to the performances, Ryan Seacrest reveals a little behind-the-scenes drama. During rehearsals Lauren blew one of her vocal chords, causing producers to panic as to whether the singer could perform. There were even rumblings that Haley Reinhart might be brought back to sing in her place. Yeah, right that was ever going to happen. After pumping Lauren with medicine and treat her, the doctors clear her for the finale. Going into the night, Scotty was an overwhelming favorite. Then when you factor Lauren wasn’t physically at her best, it practically ensured a victory for McCreery. Would this be a cakewalk for him? Watch the performances and find out.

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American Idol 10: Top 3 Eliminations

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Since I’m busy prepping a long-weekend trip away with Brian, I have a million and one things to do tonight. That being said, I’m going to try a new format for writing my elimination post- bullet form, ya’ll. No longer will I ramble (yeah right). You’re just going to get the facts with a comment here and there. PS. Just in case you were wondering, we’re flying on the Helijet to Victoria on Vancouver Island for four days. So excited. It’ll be a nice quiet and romantic trip. On with the results show.

  • Over 95 million votes were cast. The most ever for a Final 3 round. Also, it was 15 million more than last year’s finale show
  • The number of votes proves no one cared about last season’s group. I maintain Lee DeWyze is the worst winner ever. More so than Taylor Hicks and that’s saying a lot. For all of you who disagree, look at the Billboard numbers. Until Lee sells more than Taylor, I’m going to stand by this. PS. Crystal Bowersox should’ve won.
  • The Idols get to meet J.J. Abrams. So jealous. I love that man. He did Felicity, Alias and Lost. The Holy Trinity of awesomeness.
  • Abrams lends them 8mm cameras to document their hometown visits. Double jealous. I want one. Someone send me one.
  • Elle Fanning, star of Abram’s summer movie “Super 8″ was in the audience.
  • Was it me or was she super annoying? Her revealing of her cousin’s crush was the most drawn out irritating thing ever. That’s saying a lot considering its an hour long results show.
  • Dakota Fanning was eerily mature for her age when she was young. She should give lil sis a few pointers. Seriously, Dakota was like an old woman in a young woman’s body. Benjamin-a Button

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American Idol 10: Top 3 Performances

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It’s the Final 3, ya’ll. We’re only one week away from crowning this year’s American Idol. Who’ll it be? Scotty, Lauren or Haley? Millions of people are waiting on the edge of seats to see who’ll battle it out at the Nokia Theater next week. I can’t believe I’m one of those people. At this point last year, people (including me) were wondering if Idol could survive without Simon Cowell. Surprisingly, the answer is a resounding… yes.

As in past years, the remaining Idols sing three songs apiece– contestant’s choice, Jimmy Iovine’s choice and judges’ choice. Beyonce was on hand this week to coach the Idols with their individual picks. Obviously, B wasn’t just there to show off her mentoring skills but rather to promote her new single and debut her brand new music video for “Run The World (Girls)“. Not surprisingly, she wasn’t the most insightful when it came to give the singers constructive comments.

All three received a hero’s welcome back in their respective hometowns. Even fourth place James Durbin attracted a sizable crowd for his homecoming. I’m sure with tomorrow’s hour long results show we’ll see much more of their hometown visits. Unfortunately, one of them will be heading back home tomorrow. Metaphorically speaking of course, since the finale is next week and everyone is sticking around to practice for it. Check out how each contestant fared in each round below.

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American Idol 10: Top 4 Eliminations

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WOW. That was interesting wasn’t it? Before I get into the results, let’s get the filler out of the way. Ryan Seacrest reveals over 72 million votes were cast. Making it the most ever for any Top 4 performance show ever. Pretty impressive. Does this mean my little Haley has a shot of staying. Stay tuned.

Instead of a group performance, the boys and girls were split up to sing two separate duets. James and Scotty sang “Start a Band” by Brad Paisley & Keith Urban, while the ladies sang Miranda Lambert’s “Gunpowder and Lead“. It’s very telling that both duets were country. Are the producers getting us ready for a Scotty versus Lauren finale showdown at the Nokia Theater?

This week’s Ford commercial was set to the tune of Owl City’s “Fireflies“. I completely forgot about that song. That’s going back on my iTunes playlist stat. Following that was some cheesy product placement for Windows 7. Boring. Did you notice the digs where the Final 4 are staying at? Completely different from that huge mansion from earlier in the season, right? Word has it they asked producers to move them out of there because it was haunted. I wonder who was haunting them. Maybe the ghosts of Idols past?

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American Idol 10: Top 4 Performances

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Final four, baby. With only two weeks left before we crown Season 10’s American Idol, stakes and pressure are at a deafening high. This is where Chris Daughtry was shockingly booted. Other notable eliminations this week were Latoya London, Tamyra Gray, Allison Iraheta, Jason Castro and Lakisha Jones. The remaining competitors have to sing two songs a piece. Like last week, it’ll be a combo theme night. The songs will be inspirational for the first part and from the Leiber & Stoller songbook for the second.

Joining Jimmy Iovine to mentor the kids this week is the Fame Monster herself, Lady Gaga. With all eccentricities and outlandish behavior, Gaga was probably one of the best celebrity mentors in the show’s history. Not only was her advice insightful but it really elevated all the Idols’ respective games to a whole new level. She was hands on. LITERALLY. I’d be remiss, if I didn’t mention that huge honking Cindy Crawford looking fake mole on her face. HILARIOUS. I kinda dug the two-tone hair though. Long live, Gaga.

Before you proceed, I have to bitch about Randy. Tonight perfectly illustrated why he should not be brought back next year. He’s such a tool and trying really hard to be Simon. The Brit judge was widely known to critique Idols heavily he wanted gone at this stage in hopes of swaying the voting public. Randy was in overdrive dogging mode of Haley all night. No one else received an iota of negative feedback, though a couple deserved it at times. I really hope the American viewers are smarter to fall for Randy’s blatant motives.

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The Voice Contestants’ Professional Pasts

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When Frenchie Davis popped up on the premiere of “The Voice“, a few moaned that she shouldn’t be allowed to perform since she’s already had her shot at fame. Davis was infamously booted from “American Idol” during its second season. Topless photos of her popped up and the producers deemed her unworthy to compete for the Idol crown. Since then she’s appeared on Broadway in “Rent” and done various professional gigs. But that hit record remained elusive.

Now she’s back on TV and competing in another reality singing competition. She’s not the only one though. Not only have some appeared on Idol also, but there are others who’ve competed on other shows and even won them. Then, a few others have been signed to record labels and released albums. Maybe Taylor Hicks or Ruben Studdard should’ve thrown their hats in the ring too. They’re both doing squat these days. Would that be fair? Before you check out tonight’s episode of “The Voice”, learn about the professional pasts of some of “The Voice” contestants.

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American Idol 10: Top 5 Eliminations

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There was some good and bad news, watching last night’s American Idol’s results show. The bad news. It was still an hour too long. The good news. At least there was some entertaining filler this week. With over 60 million votes cast, last night’s show garnered the most votes this season. Seacrest gave each judge an opportunity to promote something. Tyler pimped out his new book. Lopez reminded us her album dropped this week and Randy… It was some inside joke, I didn’t understand.

The remaining five performed a group number to “Happy Together“. Once again, the group number sucked and I wasn’t feeling it. Even they didn’t look “happy together” performing it. This week’s Ford music video was mildly interesting. The magic-themed clip had a couple cool effect, but still unnecessary filler.

Idol Meets Hell’s Kitchen

If you’re going to stuff filler in the results show, at least make it interesting. Which brings me to the next segment? Sure, it was a chance to cross-promote another Fox show, but I enjoyed it. The Idols met with “Hell’s Kitchen” host, Gordon Ramsey. They had to prepare an omelette for him in just a few minutes. I’m not the best cook in the world, but even I would’ve made one that would’ve looked half-decent. Sadly, I can’t say the same for most of them. Ramsey pitched Haley’s in the garbage, spit out Scotty’s and wasn’t a fan of James. Lauren and Jacob had the best tasting omelettes and advanced to the next round. They had to guess three types of food after tasting them. Feeling all cocky, Jacob bragged that “being fat comes in handy“. Looks like he wasn’t fat enough, since he lost to Lauren who won the first ever American Idol Hell Kitchen competition.

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