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Who's Going to Join Crystal in the 'Idol' Finale?

by Kona Gallagher, posted May 12th 2010 2:29PM
The final four contestants in 'American Idol' Season nine
We're soon going to be down to the final three contestants on 'American Idol,' so this is crunch time. Barring any complete phone line meltdown, the finale is going to be Crystal and... somebody else. But the question is, "who should that somebody else be?"

Along with Jane Boursaw, I've been covering 'Idol' for TV Squad all season. In my recaps, I've made no bones about the fact that I'm a huge Crystal fan. She's so far above anyone else in this competition, that it's not even funny. As far as her competition goes, I've always enjoyed Big Mike, but I don't really see him as Top 3 material this year. After his performance of 'Jealous Guy,' I would have said that we need to have a Casey/ Crystal finale, but now I'm not so sure.

I've mentioned before that every single week, I literally forget that Lee Dewyze is in the competition. I wrote him off, early on in the competition, as another bland, generic Nickelback-type rocker. Sure he can sing, but he gave performances that made you forget about him before the last note had even been sung. However, now that the crowd has thinned, Lee is really starting to shine.

Last week, I was shocked to walk away from the performance episode thinking that Lee hands-down gave the best performance -- during Sinatra week of all things. The fact is, not only did he look like a polished contestant, but for the first time, I actually saw him as a fully-formed artist. My thoughts of a bluesy Casey/Crystal finale were replaced by an ending in which she and Lee were the last ones standing.

While I was unimpressed by his performance of 'Kiss From a Rose,' everybody was pretty off last night, so I don't really hold it against him (I still do love Crystal's choice of the Kenny Loggins song, though). The duet between he and Crystal, however, completely won me over. The ease with which they performed, and how well their styles melded together really took me by surprise, and my allegiance was officially won.

I don't think that the producers outright rig the competition, but they do push the narrative in both subtle and not-so-subtle ways. Pairing up Lee and Crystal last night was their way of telling America, "hey guys, this is what you want." It's a cheap ploy, but at least on me, it worked 100%.

Who do you think is going to compete in the 'Idol' finale?

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