Idol Chatter: The Live Blog #14: The Top 2 (Finale).

[I wanted to do this last season, but I got the idea a few episodes too late. I do admit, I watch American Idol. I really didn't start until a couple years ago, though (my mom was a much bigger fan). Similar in style to the Live Survivor Blog over at Blog Cabins, Idol Chatter (pun and all) will be a play by play of the episodes and what I think of what's happening. For those that don't know, just continually refresh this page to get new updates as the show goes on.]

Wow, have I really not blogged anything since last Wednesday? Sorry about that, guys. It's been a muy hectic week or so. Anyway, this is it, people. The last performance night of the season! It's down to Lee and Crystal! I think they sing three songs tonight each... and I can't wait. This should be awesome. They both need to bring it tonight! Let's do it!

7:00: Cool little intro video here.

7:01: "This is their final chance... and THIS... is American Idol!"

7:03: Aw... Ryan just had to remind us this is Simon's last week on the show. You know, random thought, but I've just been wondering if Crystal's boyfriend is gonna propose to her on the show, especially after her hints earlier on in the season.

7:04: Alright, here's the 3 songs: Their favorite performance of the season that they did, a producer's choice, and the song they'll release if they win (which I don't think Kris Allen did last season, because last year's song SUCKED).

7:08: Lee's up first! He's singing his song from Inspirational Week, which is "The Boxer." I always thought this was a good performance, but it was never my favorite of his. It's still excellent, though.

7:10: Randy says it's a great way to start it off, though he needs to get more energy. Ellen is very proud of him and thought he did better this time than the first. Kara agrees with Randy. Simon wanted more passion and excitement.

7:12: Now getting right into Crystal. She's doing "Me and Bobby McGee" from Billboards Week. Again, this is another great one. But what are we to expect at this point?

7:15: Randy thought it started a bit slow, but it really picked up at the end. Though I certainly hope her album isn't like that. Too country for me. Ellen thinks she's really compelling on stage. Kara loved it. Simon says this brought him back to the time when they absolutely loved her (as she's been having a rough last few weeks).

7:21: Executive Producer's choice for Lee is "Everybody Hurts." Another slow one. Not picking any of his fun rock songs? Strange. Excellent, excellent vocals, though. Much better than his first performance.

7:23: Randy: "That was definitely better." Ellen thinks he pulled back a bit too much. Kara said it wasn't a perfect vocal, but that's what she loves about him. Simon says it was an excellent song choice, and he knows he's nervous, but he wants a 10 out of 10 for that last performance, because he knows he's capable.

7:29: Crystal is singing "Black Velvet." Again, I'm already liking this more than the first one. This has a very blues feel, which is perfect for Crystal. Lee, you really better knock the next song out of the park, because this is fantastic. Probably one of my favorite Crystal performances... ever.

7:31: Randy: "This is what I'm talkin' about!" Ellen: "That was fantastic." She gives her a standing ovation. Kara: "That's what tonight's all about." Simon was conflicted because he doesn't care for the song, but he says she took the song and "absolutely nailed it."

7:37: Alright, let's hope this song doesn't suck like last year's. This is "Beautiful Day." Um, this isn't even an original song. This is a U2 song. And I hate U2. In fact, my hate for U2 began with this song. And Lee isn't doing all that well with it. Having some pretty rough vocal issues. So... yeah. The end here isn't that bad... but the majority of it was... not great. Sorry, Lee.

7:40: Randy says pretty much everything he's said before. Ellen loved how he took the audience's energy, but didn't say much about the song itself. Kara says he got a bit swallowed by the song, but that he still deserves to be here tonight and has grown the most over the show. Simon says he made the most of it, but that Lee is exactly who this show was designed for and he genuinely wishes the best for him.

7:48: What? They have 2 different finale songs? She's singing "Up to the Mountain." Not sure I've heard this one. Sorry about this one, Lee, but I think Crystal definitely destroyed you tonight. This is a great vocal, and she's doing really (really) well. Wow.

7:50: Randy: "THIS is what this show is about." Says this is one of the best performances on this show. Ellen cannot compare Crystal to any contemporary artist out there right now, and I can totally agree with that. Crystal is nothing like anybody else out there, and she's definitely not the typical Idol (she's not a "pop" star). Kara says she was completely, emotionally invested in that song. Crystal wishes Simon good luck on his future endeavors. Simon says that was the best song/performance of the night and then "Since this is the last critique I'm ever going to give, let me say... that was outstanding."

7:54: The Recap. Lee's first song was... alright. His second song was better. His last song was... well, his first song was better. Crystal's first song was alright. Her second song was great. Her final song was... wow.

7:56: A Tribute video for the season with a song sung by the British Idol winner (it's the song that played after every "Goodbye" video. Siobhan sighting! Sorry... anyway...

Final Thoughts: I think Crystal's totally gonna win, but you can never tell... especially after last season. I'd become a Lee devotee in the last few weeks, rooting for him over Crystal. But after tonight, Crystal definitely outplayed Lee pretty hardcore. Sorry, Lee, but I'm going for Crystal now. She'd be the most unique winner ever. So we'll see tomorrow!

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