American Idol has come to an end… for now… and I, for one, am sad. Last night, Trent Harmon was named the Season 15 winner, and the “bookend” to Kelly Clarkson. Today, both Trent and La’Porsha Renae signed major record deals, however. Both well deserved.
As an American Idol super fan (and I’m not ashamed to admit it), I loved every minute of the finale, though I did feel a little bad for this season’s finalists, who were reduced to singing backup and rolling a gift for Ryan Seacrest onto the stage. Instead of the usual finalist & artist pairings, we were treated to non-stop performances by past American Idol contestants, including Chris Daughtry, Jordin Sparks, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, and more. Sadly, a very pregnant Kelly wasn’t able to attend, but she did pre-tape a medley of her greatest hits, ending with an acappella “A Moment Like This.”
Notably missing (to me anyway) were Adam Lambert, Haley Reinhart, Casey Abrams, Crystal Bowersox, and a mention of late Michael Johns. But, still, it was a great two hours of television. That I may or may not have watched twice already. 😉 Look below for pictures from the American Idol series finale.
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Kris Allen is the new American Idol, though he seemed shocked at the annoucement of his name. Every poll that I viewed indicated that Adam Lambert would be crowned the newest American Idol. Interestingly, they were wrong. Over 100 million people voted last night.
The night was full of entertainment and wonderful performances ranging from the “Black Eyed Peas“, Fergie, Queen Latifah, Lionel Richie, previous AI contestants and so on. I really loved Lil Rounds’ and Queen Latifah’s performance together. The Queen looked great with her new hair do. The Black Eyed Peas with Zebra Man Group also performed “Boom Boom Pow.” Kris Allen and Keith Urban performed “Kiss A Girl.” Allison Iraheta and Cyndi Lauper gave a brilliant performance. AI Judge, Kara DioGuardi also performed with “Bikini girl”
This ends the eight season of American Idol until next year. Good luck to Allen as he works on his new projects.
In what could be the biggest spoiler in the history of American Idol, an Apple glitch occured this week that revealed which contestants are selling the most “Idol” downloads on Itunes.
The Producers for AI never wanted anyone to know which contestants are selling the most downloads on iTunes, believing it might spoil the results of the show or favor one contestant over another. They had always requested secrecy of the Idol sales from Itunes.
So who is the favorite to win it all according to ITUNES?
The NYPost reports Adam Lambert is in the lead, taking six of the top 10 spots on the Idol list. His rendition of “Mad World,” which earned him a standing ovation from Simon Cowell, and is No. 1 spot on the secret chart.
The big shock in all of this is the fact that the favorite to win it all Danny Gokey is coming in 3rd with only 1 of his songs being in the top 10. Kris Allen is actually in 2nd place, having 3 of his songs in the top 10.
Only time will tell if these Itunes sales will reflect the winner of the show.
Megan Joy was eliminated this week from American Idol after saying she “didn’t care” what Simon thought. Megan recently spoke to E! about being eliminated, her family, and getting a new tattoo –
On Saying She ‘Didn’t Care’: When asked Wednesday night what she thought of Simon’s criticism of her, Megan flippantly said she “didn’t care.” Now, she explains, “I care about the competition. I didn’t want people to misunderstand me not caring. I just didn’t care that Simon didn’t like my song. So, I couldn’t help but be honest.”
On the Kara-Brother Fight: On the commercial break after Kara got heckled by C.J., the judge went up to her heckler and had words with him. “I think she was just kind of like, ‘How dare you? Who do you think you are?’ And then she was like, ‘Who are you?’ He’s like, ‘Her brother.’ And then she was like, ‘Oooh. I see.’ It was kind of funny.”
On Her Most Memorable Night: “The night I was sick. The miracle that I actually got through my song because I was literally was laying on the ground with IVs in me [30 minutes] before.”
On Reuniting With Son Ryder: “I’m gonna hold him for as long as he’ll let me, and I’m going to try not to sob like a lunatic because I’m sure he’ll just be confused and scared. It’s going to be beautiful. I cannot wait.” She adds that she doesn’t get to go home until “hopefully Wednesday” because she has to “wrap things up here” and finish doing press.
On Her Next Tattoo: “I had a lucky ring that I’ve worn the entire time, and I’m going to have that tattooed on my ribs.” (Ouch!)
Source – E! Online
Jorge Nunez, Anoop Desai, Ryan Seacrest
The new American Idol rule that gives the “American Idol” judges the power to save one singer voted off by the fans wasn’t enough to keep the first two finalists from getting the boot. Jasmine Murray and Jorge Nunez were sent home Wednesday, reducing the number of contestants to 11.
The new rule essentially gives the judges the power to veto or overrule the choice of the voters. For example, the judges can decide not to send home the contestant getting the lowest votes. This is however a one time privilege meaning the judges can only to this once this season. Plus all four judges have to agree to save the contestant.
Once saved, the contestant is however on their own for the next week and could end up going home the next week if they are one of the two lowest vote getters. If a contestant is saved, then two contestants are eliminated the next week. Also this veto has to happen before the finalists get down to the final five.
This rule might just be what AI needs to shake things up and perhaps help a deserving contestant stay on longer. The French version of the show has had this rule in place, and it has been a success. It makes it less of a popularity contest and more of a talent competition.
American Idol Finalists
The 13 finalists of American Idol sat down with Entertainment Weekly to discuss the surprise twist this season that allows thirteen finalists instead of the typical dozen. Below are some quotes from the finalists –
Adam Lambert: I think it’s really exciting, because I think both Anoop and Matt are incredibly talented, and I’m glad they’re both part of the crew this year. It was a surprise — we had no idea. Our mouths just dropped open.
Lil Rounds: I’m excited! I think we made a little history here tonight.
Danny Gokey: I think American Idol did it right. When it got down to [Matt Giraud and Anoop Desai], how the heck do you split those two people up?
Matt Giraud: This is a bad bunch, man. Some of these cats are so talented. I’m just honored to be considered. That’s how I feel right now.
Who is your favorite to win it all?
Story Source – Entertainment Weekly