May 27, 2010
Lee DeWyze Wins American Idol
Well…America has done it again. It seems that more often than not, America gives 2nd place to the contestant who should have won the whole thing (Clay Aiken, Katharine McPhee, David Archuleta, Adam Lambert, and now Crystal Bowersox). Maybe some people will argue with me on one or two of those, but seriously, the rest of them more than make up for any inconsistency!
And also, let me just say, I am extremely glad that I attended last year’s finale instead of this year’s. Don’t get me wrong, the guest performers they had on stage were some “legends,” as they stated numerous times (perhaps to cover up the fact that none of them are relevant anymore), but they were really only exciting for a 50+ audience, if even then.
Joe Cocker? The Bee Gees (and shouldn’t it be Bees Gee, anyway? It’s the Brothers Gibb, not the Brother Gibbs)? Michael McDonald?! Chicago was okay, I guess, but they didn’t have a stellar performance. Hall and Oates, too? Let’s be honest, this was like a reunion for people who were popular in the 70s. To a younger audience it just looked like a bunch of old guys– who have lost their range– trying to be “in” with the teenagers. (Kind of like the dad on Modern Family, only these performers were doing a worse job than he does!)
Back to the topic at hand, it seemed fitting that the finale was anticlimactic, since Lee won. Can you think of stellar performances he had on the show since January? I’m trying really hard to think of one, and I can’t. He is forgettable to me, and really, can’t sing all that well. He was getting so red in the face yesterday during all the songs he sang, and whether it was nerves or the fact that he was just shouting into the microphone, it doesn’t really matter. Crystal was consistent throughout the whole season, and was the front-runner. I think that alone cost her the win. Shame.
The only redeeming performance last night was Carrie Underwood’s. She’s always amazing and looks perfect. Too bad the excitement of her appearance was kind of negated the second Ruben Studdard (I always want to type “Reuben”) and Taylor Hicks took the stage along with her. Fail.
Bye, Simon Cowell! Let’s hope they decide to end the show now. It won’t be the same, and the viewership won’t be nearly as big. But we’ll see, they’ll probably keep it on the air as long as they possibly can (and as long as it keeps making money).
Posted by Shaane at 12:24 pm