American Idol Episode Recap: We Have a Winner! Season 9, Episode 43


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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