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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.

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Simon Cowell Predicts Lee DeWyze Will Win 'American Idol'

by Gabrielle Dunn, posted May 25th 2010 11:15AM
Simon CowellSimon Cowell loves a good dark horse, and this season is clearly no exception.

In a taped segment airing today on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show,' Cowell predicted that Lee DeWyze will win 'Idol' season 9.

"If you'd asked me five or six weeks ago, 100 percent I would have said Crystal [Bowersox]. But now I've changed my mind. I think Lee is going to win," Cowell said.

The reason for Cowell's change of heart, he said, is because of the former paint salesman's captivating personal story.

"He's worked in a paint shop," Cowell said of DeWyze. "He's talented. He hasn't had any real breaks in life, and this has given him a shot, and I like that."

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Finale Week: What Should the 'American Idol' Top 2 Sing?

by Kim Potts, posted May 24th 2010 1:33PM

A very long season has come down to a final two that we certainly couldn't have imagined when the season began. Crystal Bowersox? Sure. But Lee DeWyze? The Chicago paint store worker seemingly came out of nowhere with weeks of performances that were under the radar. But slow and steady -- emphasis on the steady, since Lee, more than any other contender in season 9, has been consistent -- has won a spot in the finale, as the season 9 championship all boils down to Tuesday night.

There's been no official confirmation from Fox, but MJ's Big Blog suggests the "theme" for Tuesday night's performances -- where each of the Top 2 will perform three songs -- will consist of Crystal and Lee singing the dreaded songwriter's tune, and then each picking new songs or one of their best performances from the season for an encore.

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Casey James Talks Taking His Shirt Off and Working With Kara After 'Idol'

by Gabrielle Dunn, posted May 21st 2010 2:15PM
Casey JamesCasey James wooed America from day one when judge Kara DioGuardi asked him to let his hair down and take his shirt off during his audition. (Okay, we also felt a little bad for him.)

But somehow, the blond guitarist took that notably skimpy audition and turned it into a third place 'Idol' finish.

James sang 'Daughters' by John Mayer, chosen for him by the judges, and 'Okay, It's Alright With Me' by Eric Hutchinson for his last performance show. In the past, he wowed us with a beautiful cover of John Lennon's 'Jealous Guy' that became his shining moment.

Though he won't be following Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze to the finale, James carved a place for himself in the hearts of cougars and little girls everywhere -- but he wants you to know he's definitely more than just a heartthrob.

James talked to reporters about growing up without a television, keeping his ego in check and the motorcycle accident that nearly killed him six years ago.

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SomethingPitchy Broadcast: Talking 'American Idol' With Alex Lambert

by Andrew Scott, posted May 20th 2010 6:45PM
Alex LambertIn a very special edition of SomethingPitchy, the 'Idol' crew was joined today by season 9 semifinalist Alex Lambert (via Skype) to talk everything from his experience on the show, predictions for next week's finale and his new Internet series, 'If I Can Dream.'

The surprisingly candid Lambert held nothing back as he spoke about such hot-button topics as Casey James and Lee Dewyze, whom he is predicting to take home the season 9 title.

Also joining the discussion today were SomethingPitchy regulars Jim Cantiello (MTV News), Gaby Dunn (AOL TV), Rae Votta (AOL Music), Rickey Yaneza (Rickey.org) and host Andy Scott.

Watch the exclusive video broadcast after the jump.

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'American Idol' Results May 19: Who's in the Top 2?

by Donald Deane, posted May 19th 2010 10:00PM
Who was voted off 'American Idol'? Casey James went home after singing 'Okay, It's Alright With Me' by Eric Hutchinson and 'Daughters' by John Mayer, which means Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze made the Top 2 and will compete in the finale.

No doubt, James is pretty to look at and plays a mean guitar, but our biggest criticism is that he has a real problem connecting emotionally with his songs and the audience. And, while his voice is adequate enough, he's got an odd, trilling vibrato that leaves us cold. Voters, it seems, had their own issues with James as they voted him off over Bowersox and DeWyze Wednesday night.

Watch Casey's elimination after the jump.

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MJ's Take on the Top 3: Let's Crown Lee DeWyze Now and Get it Over With

by MJ Santilli, posted May 19th 2010 9:53AM
Should we just give Lee DeWyze the crown now and be done with it? Seriously, who would have imagined, at the beginning of the 'American Idol' live shows, that Lee would be in a position where he could take it all?

In every interview the judges gave before the season started, 'American Idol' season 9 was heralded as a girls' year. And for a while, it seemed as if the most talented female, Crystal Bowersox, would win this season handily. But the last few weeks have seen contender, Lee DeWyze coming up in her rear-view mirror, and he may have overtaken her tonight.

Of course, Lee had a little help from his mentor this week, Simon Cowell, who picked Lee's song for the Judges' Choice round.

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9 Reasons We'll Miss Simon Cowell

by Scott Harris, posted May 19th 2010 9:00AM
The ninth season of 'American Idol' is finally drawing to a close, and for most viewers, questions abound. But while many people are wondering who will win this year, we're still fixated on a much more important question: What are we going to do without Simon Cowell?

Cowell, of course, is leaving after next week's finale, leaving a massive hole in 'American Idol' -- and in our hearts. Oh, sure, there's no question that 'Idol' will find someone to fill his chair on the judging panel, but we doubt that anyone can fill his shoes. He's a one-of-a-kind American original ... despite the fact that he's not American at all.

So in honor of Simon's departure, and with a tear-stained hankie firmly in hand, we thought we'd take a look back at all the wonderful memories he's given us over the past nine seasons by presenting to you our Top 9 Reasons We'll Miss Simon Cowell.

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Siobhan Magnus Eliminated from 'American Idol' (VIDEO)

by AOL TV Staff, posted Apr 28th 2010 11:15PM
Quirky contestant Siobhan Magnus was eliminated from 'American Idol' after her rendition of Shania Twain's 'Any Man of Mine' failed to impress the judges and audience alike.

Watch the video after the jump.

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'American Idol' - 'One of Six Eliminated' Recap

by Kona Gallagher, posted Apr 28th 2010 10:01PM
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Here's my deal: We need to have a Crystal/Casey finale, and Siobhan needs to go tonight. While the judges loved her, my ears told me that she sounded like a cat being mauled to death last night. I honestly do not understand the praise that is being heaped upon her. I'd be just as happy if Aaron the wedding singer left, but even I can admit that he hasn't had a bad performance in several weeks.

But no matter who actually goes tonight, one thing's for certain: there's going to be about 50 minutes of filler leading up to it. Tonight, we get Rascal Flatts, Shakira, vampires, emo violinists, and a whole lot of other things that only the evil geniuses behind 'Idol' can dream up in an effort to stretch 5 minutes of show into an hour.

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'American Idol' - 'Top Six Compete' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 27th 2010 10:24PM
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There are six contestants left on 'American Idol,' and everyone did really well tonight, which means it's anyone's guess who will go home. After noting that a whopping $45 million was raised on 'Idol Gives Back' last week, Ryan Seacrest introduced this week's mentor, Shania Twain, and we got right into the performances.

Lee DeWyze, 'You're Still the One.' Per Shania's suggestion, Lee starts the song with just voice and piano, adding in guitar later. It sounds a little forced to me, but I like the ending. Randy Jackson says it's one of his favorite songs of all time, and Lee found a way to make it his own. Ellen DeGeneres agrees, saying "you couldn't look cuter" and "all aboard the Shania Twain!" Kara DioGuardi likes that Lee cracked a smile a few times, and Simon Cowell thinks it was "absolutely the perfect song" for Lee. Then Simon and Kara started arguing about whether Lee smiled or had some other weird facial thing going on. He was smiling! He's still just a little nervous!

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'American Idol' - 'Idol Gives Back/1 of 7 Voted Off' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 21st 2010 11:09PM
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It's "Inspiration Week" on 'American Idol,' which means the Idols sang inspirational songs on Tuesday, and 'Idol Gives Back' was on tap for tonight. It's truly amazing how much this charitable endeavor helps people around the globe. It's not easy to see all of the suffering going on in the world -- especially the children -- but it's really easy to pick up the phone and make a small donation that could save a kid's life.

Tonight, celebrities reported on the huge malaria problem in Africa; Save the Children; a food bank in Monrovia, Calif.; and global health, among others. At the end of the show, Simon Cowell reported that $15 million had been raised during the two hours the show aired. That's awesome. For more info and to learn how you can give, check out 'Idol Gives Back.'

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Crystal Bowersox Performs 'People Get Ready' on 'American Idol' (VIDEO)

by AOL TV Staff, posted Apr 20th 2010 10:33PM
'Fess up ... when Crystal Bowersox broke down at the end of her performance of The Impressions' 'People Get Ready' (a song written by Curtis Mayfield) during tonight's 'American Idol' Top 7 performances, your eyes got a little leaky, too.

Bowersox went sans instrument for the first time all season and gave a performance that was already sharp and powerful before she looked into the audience and saw Papa Bowersox ... and totally lost it.

Watch the video after the jump.

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'American Idol' - 'Seven Finalists Compete' Recap

by Kona Gallagher, posted Apr 20th 2010 10:23PM
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This season has actually gone by pretty quickly for me. Top 7? That's completely nuts, yet here we are. Plus, we get a bitchin' mentor this week: Alicia Keys. The theme this week is the nebulous, "songs of inspiration," which could either be completely ridiculous or pretty cool.

Unfortunately, it's a little bit more of the former instead of the latter. I don't know what it is, but when left to basically their own devices, these guys aren't very good at picking songs. Just about everybody gave pretty much a "take it or leave it" performance. Of course, it wouldn't be 'Idol' if there wasn't a standout or two in the crowd.

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'American Idol' - 'Two of 9 Voted Off' Recap

by Kona Gallagher, posted Apr 14th 2010 11:22PM
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After Big Mike's dramatic save last week, this show is being set up to be super-intense. Not only have the judges used their only save, but as the title indicates, two people are going home. But before that, we need a lot of filler. We have performances by Brooke White and Adam Lambert, which wow -- I enjoyed Brooke when she was on the show, but I can honestly say I haven't thought of her since.

We don't start off the show with any of this. Instead, we start off with the longest Elvis medley ever. It was so long, in fact, that I'm pretty sure they sang every single Elvis song ever written, four songs written by Elvis impersonators, and a verse from "Allison," just to round things out a little bit.

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