Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze cannot be held (solely) responsible for the lameness that was last night's Idol performance finale. They had some song choice help in the form of Producer Simon Fuller and his minions.
For the first time in, I think, ever, I went into watching the Idol finale with no excitement, no sense of wonder, and no expectations for greatness. So, in that respect, Idol did not disappoint tonight. Even the big, bad finale theater seemed smaller and less imposing than in past seasons. This was not your Lambert-based finale, folks.
Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze, the two remaining contestants, were asked to sing three songs a piece tonight: a retread from earlier in the season, a song chosen by mythical producer Simon Fuller, and a song that the winner will release as their single.
Here's how the night went:
(But first! A celeb sighting note! The only "real" celebrity in attendance last night was Augustus P. Gloop, AKA the half man (or is he?) from 2.5 Mans on CBS TV. The only reason I'm taking a moment to mention this is to note that the poor boy looks exactly like Italian pit bull Caroline Manzo on The Real Housewives of New Jersey. Seriously. If he didn't have all that money -- and if he wasn't complicit in putting forth one of the worst and most offensive hit TV shows in his history of the medium -- my heart would be aching for the boy.)