The Final Showdown: Crystal vs. Lee. Roll the Tape!

by Donald Deane, posted May 25th 2010 9:52PM
This is it! After months and months of competition, the field of hopefuls has been whittled down to Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze, each vying for the coveted title of the next 'American Idol.'

The contestants performed three songs each during Tuesday night's final performance show -- a song of their own choice, a song selected by executive producer Simon Fuller and a song that will become the winner's first single.

Unfortunately, DeWyze's vocals were inconsistent throughout the night. He fell in and out of tune, and he was even accused by the judges of not having enough energy. Bowersox, however, powered through her performances and sang with real heart. This was no more apparent than when both performed the songs meant to be their first singles should they win.

Watch Crystal and Lee's performances after the jump.This is it! After months and months of competition, the field of hopefuls has been whittled down to Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze, each vying for the coveted title of the next 'American Idol.'

The contestants performed three songs each during Tuesday night's final performance show -- a song of their own choice, a song selected by executive producer Simon Fuller and a song that will become the winner's first single.

Unfortunately, DeWyze's vocals were inconsistent throughout the night. He fell in and out of tune, and he was even accused by the judges of not having enough energy. Bowersox, however, powered through her performances and sang with real heart. This was no more apparent than when both performed the songs meant to be their first singles should they win.

Curiously, the songs chosen for the singles were covers, not originals as in past years. DeWyze took a stab at U2's 'Beautiful Day' and struggled a bit, and the judges gave him lukewarm feedback.

Randy Jackson criticized DeWyze for a poor start, but said he "got his groove back toward the middle." Kara DioGuardi said DeWyze got "swallowed up a bit" in the song and had "good moments" and "not-so-good moments." Simon Cowell added that DeWyze "made the most" of the song and he "felt a lot more effort" as a result compared to his other songs from the night.

But Bowersox gave an emotional performance of 'Up to the Mountain' by Patty Griffin that easily eclipsed DeWyze.

"This is what this show is about -- an amazing song by an amazing singer ... I'm so proud of you, man. This is one ... of your best performances at the perfect time on this show. That was incredible! Incredible!" Jackson said.

DioGuardi saw an emotional connection in Bowersox's performance that she'd never seen before. "You were completely emotionally invested in that song unlike any other night and, for me, you really blossomed just with that song. Amazing!" she said.

Cowell credited Bowersox for the best performance of the evening and noted that this was his final piece of feedback since he'd be departing the show at the end of the season. "I thought that was, by far, the best performance and the song of the night. And, since this is going to be the final critique I'm ever going to give, I'd just like to say, that was outstanding," he said.

'American Idol' Finale Songs: Crystal Bowersox vs. Lee DeWyze

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