After a season that brought us a fourth (un-needed, some might say) judge, the return of of the wild-card round, the introduction of the judges' save, plenty of high notes (and even a few bum ones), we've made it to the finale. Who has America named as the eighth Idol? And who showed up to rock the house? The answers lie ahead in our recap.
The stars were out at the Nokia Theater, both in the seats cheering and on the stage. From pop stars such as David Cook, Jason Mraz and the Black Eyed Peas to icons such as Cyndia Lauper, Rod Stewart, KISS and Queen, the two-hour finale that usually feels more than overstuffed was perhaps the most enjoyable in recent history. Plus, Ryan handed out a few Golden Idol awards, there were two bikini girls on stage, and, of course, a brand new Idol was crowned.
The night began with a hilarious mocking of the judges - Randy's "for you, for me" habit, Kara's penchant for using the words "sweetie" and "honey," Paula's love of ridiculous words and Simon's apparent early onset deafness. While the judges definitely deserve a little ribbing, the night was really all about the music. I applaud the Idol team for bringing out some serious talent this year. Let's take it performance by performance.
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