Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze sang, America voted, and American Idol crowned its ninth champion. After 14 weeks of competition and more then 500 million votes, another season came to a close with an impressive performance lineup, a few "surprise" guests, and of course, a farewell to departing crankypants Simon Cowell. But the real reason we're here is to give someone a confetti shower, right? So let's get to it.
For most of the night it seemed Idol forgot what decade it is. Don't get me wrong: I love Chicago and Hall & Oates as much as the next guy, but for a show that incessantly gripes at the contestants about being current, it seemed a little hypocritical. Some quick hits from the performances:
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