May 18th, 2010
09:01 PM ET

This is who I think will end up in the 'Idol' finale

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Yeah, you are looking at our Top 2 as far as I am concerned.

Unless the "Cougars for Casey" turn out in huge numbers, I can't imagine anyone but Crystal "MamaSox" Bowersox and Lee DeWyze on that Nokia stage next week.

And can we please discuss how that was the least home town representation I have ever seen on a home town visit Top 3 show? I did not dig that at all.

Who do you think is our Top 2? Discuss!

soundoff (341 Responses)
  1. taylor

    i dont care who is in the bottom two just as long as lee dewyze makes it there. whose with him is not something i worry about cuz im sure he will come out on top. if he doesnt win it all that will be a fall for america and they obviously dont know how to vote!!!! VOTE FOR LEE!!!! =)

    May 20, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. gigi

    American Idol is awful this season. No one is memorable or has staying power. Fans are spoiled after last season which was changed forever by Adam Lambert. Contestants last season made everyone talk about the show, and there was real excitement each week. It is gone this season.

    May 19, 2010 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Carol

    I was pretty much with Crystal all the way but Lee really has the look and sound of a good artist. He needs to stop being a fraidey cat. He needs a shot of self confidence and he could take it and run. Casey, is good too but I was waiting all season for him to do something really stand outish and he didn't. A good singer, great looker but not doing anything real special.

    May 19, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. SmartA$$

    It's no coincidence that Crystal chose "I'm Going Home" as her song last night lolllllllllll

    Long Live the Cougars *winks*

    May 19, 2010 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jon

    Worst version of Hallelujah I've ever heard. I don't understand everybody's thing with lee. His first song was okay but he tends to get out of key on every song, I guess the judges suck to much at their jobs to tell. They were being extremely too nice to all the contestants and reserved with their judging because it's the semi-finals. Its' crap.

    Crystal and Lee in the finale with Crystal taking the crown. 😛

    May 19, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. St. Pete Bill

    I think it will be Lee and Crystal in the final show. Casey is okay, but I think he has a tendency to turn in about the same performance in about the same style every week. That's what did in big Mike too, every week pretty much the same. Crystal from time to time breaks out of mode, like she did last night with Maybe I'm Amazed. Lee has shown development over the course of the show from visible discomfort and shyness to more easy with himself and at least the occasional smile–ever since Harry Connick was the mentor. I hate Hallelujia, yet I found myself liking Lee's verson. I do think that song was all part of Idol's not so subtle manipulation, including practically bein annointed by Simon (Casey should be upset since they sandbagged him with a song most people don't know). The oddsmakers are putting even money on Lee I hear....

    May 19, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. CD33

    oofta::: jealous maybe?! lol. Caseys AWESOME. End of story.

    May 19, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. CD33

    Crystal is so borinnnnnng now. she gets old fast. not a fan. Casey and Lee SHOULD be the two left after tonight!

    May 19, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. OoFfa

    Wow. Aaron gone. Big Mike gone. Casey is better than they? Really????? If he takes his shirt off one more time, uh, maybe.

    May 19, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. AI235

    GOOOOO Casey!!!!!!! =)

    May 19, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  11. 4caseyJ

    Casey and Lee for finale!!!!!!!!! Casey has an amazing voice. I love it and would buy his cd in a heart beat!

    May 19, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dave in Connecticut

    Once we get to the top 4 or 5 the season is pretty much over. Very uneventful season and was boring at times. I agree Crystal and lee will be standing in the end. All of the top ten canidates have had media exposure and perhaps bettered themselves because of the show. There really are no losers, just degrees of singers. I really hope Idol gets its act together next season. They lost their flare when they lost Paula, I think the ratings would have been different if they had kept her on. Ellen is funny but she is not Paula. Paula had a sympathtic touch and an elegance about her, something that is lost with Ellen. Kara is okay, and pretty, but no Paula either.

    May 19, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Just a Drummer

    @Mark and Glenn – The final winner is not the only contestant contractually bound to 19 Entertainment. All that free exposure, and you think "The Simons" don't get a taste of future revenues that these kids generate?

    May 19, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
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    May 19, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ADRI

    Well you figure Lee sang "Hallelujiah" and if he were Athiest, he may have declined. Also, I believe I saw Crystal wearing a cross necklace.

    Plus my comment was more mocking OoFfa cuz I don't think that a person's success on a reality show should be based on relgious beliefs. That's just silly. Religion and spirituality are very personal and doesn't need to be shared with the public.

    May 19, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  16. b unit do you know their individual beliefs? I don't remember that ever being mentioned..

    May 19, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  17. ADRI

    Hey OoFfa, that will be hard because I think both Crystal and Lee believe in Jesus. Do you have two phones?

    May 19, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  18. OoFfa

    which one believes in jesus, my vote and nashville's vote will be the christian

    May 19, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  19. b unit

    I think Casey has given up. Ever since the whole Kara "cougar" thing, he just seems like such a joke to me. I'm surprised that he's even in the Top 3. I really hope that Lee wins, but would not be surprised if Crystal does. I don't like the fact that Crystal is "different" because she acts like the million other indie, dread-locked, singer/songwriter, chai tea drinking, coffee shop singers out there. I'm not saying Lee is any different than most adult/contemp rockers out there, but at least he's marketable. Plus that gravel voice does it for me every time!

    May 19, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Beth

    I figured that Lee and Crystal would be the final two but I really don't think Lee has much of a personality and I'm tired of his raspy voice and Crystal pretty much stays in the "Janis Joplin" voice all the time. Even Elliott Yamin and Clay Aiken changed their looks for the better...why hasn't Crystal tried to come on stage minus the dredlocks and with clean teeth! This entire season has been really poor and I usually choose to watch Dancing with the Stars over Idol. I predict that next year Idol will be no more!

    May 19, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  21. ADRI

    I'm really confused with the people who are saying Lee isn't a good musician / songwriter. That kid has two albums out with amazing songs. All this was before AI obviously, but he was a songwriter way before so he does have what it takes in that sense.

    May 19, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Glenn

    Wow. Very good point Mark.

    May 19, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  23. jack

    Lee sounds like every other depressing male heavy metal rock singer out there. He did have a good night but he has no staying power and he's pitchy as Randy says. Can he write?.. I don't know but Crystal can and I don't care how well you sing you need songs. That's why in Nashville songwriters rule. Lee may win but Bush won a second term too. Shows you what the voters know.

    May 19, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Mark Dearborn

    You are missing the point on who the judges want to win this thing. Of course they want Lee to win. The winner is going to be tied to a record label that is connected to American Idol's owners. That leaves Crystal, where the BIG MONEY will be, as a free agent that one of the judges, or the label THEY are associated with, can sign and profit off of. They'll make more money themselves off a 'free agent" Crystal than they would a "free agent" Lee. He can have the crown, the judges want the money.

    May 19, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Glenn

    I think Crystal was not very good at all last night; A lot of hollering going on. I see Lee and Casey in the finals with Lee taking this thing home.

    May 19, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Hey Eugene

    MamaSox is by far the best singer, as well as refreshingly original and so comfortable in her own skin. But Lee is more marketable in the Idol "box" so, unless there is a big backlash against the clear pimping that went on last night, Lee will win. Casey is the best musician ever on the show (even better than Daughtry) and will be just fine; I have thought for weeks now that he does not even want to be there anymore. All that being said, Lee's "adorable factor" goes a long way to endear him to voters, and his humility and ability to grow with the show make him the frontrunner, even though Crystal has much more natural talent.

    May 19, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  27. ADRI

    I also get stuck on people who are "original" and have something new going on that is not so mainstream, but for whatever reason, Lee's voice just gives me goosebumps, especially Halleluliah. Until last night, I was partial to Ari Hest's version of the song ( if you haven't heard it, you need to) but Lee blew me away. I have a hard time accepting new female artists into my life (I know, I know) only because I really am such a die hard fan of Kelly Clarkson and no one else in my eyes compares to her. If I had a wish, it would be to have her voice. That girl can sing.
    Also, it may be time for the show to end. We got Kelly C. and Carrie U. out of this which really – is anyone going to have the same success? I'm not sure the answer is Yes.

    May 19, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Ariel

    To reiterate what many have told you: the cry-fest of the hometown visits airs tonight on results night. As far as who's in the top 2: just go to and see it. They measure the busy signals on the call in votes and are rarely wrong. And that means–Lee totally killed it last night with more than 13 million votes compared to Crystal's 6 mil. I predict Lee is the big finale winner.

    May 19, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  29. krubby


    good points, I get what you are saying.

    I (once again – smile) agree with u too about comparing to past years.

    for this season I guess I personally like crystal the most. maybe something isn't clicking for me like it is for others but I honestly just don't hear that great a voice from Lee. I listen to TONS of 'adult alternative' bands – maybe too many, and they have all started to go from being unique to being the same old sound if that makes sense. I just do't hear that great a voice from lee, nothing like the 100s of other male based adult alt./light rocker band voices out there.

    crystal I see someone that you have to remember got dropped into hollywood straight out of a fairly small town quiet life. what some see as stuck up or quiet I see as an introverted person that doesn not have a need to wear her whole life on her sleave. and I happen to love her voice and style.

    either way take either of these and put them in almost any other season and they are gone perhaps by the final 4.

    May 19, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  30. ADRI

    Starzzguitar, the name you were looking for is Kris Allen. 🙂

    May 19, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  31. jack

    In reference to former contestants verses a real pro; the other night on TV I saw Rob Thomas and Matchbox Twenty in concert, then right after that I saw Adam Lambert and then Chris Doughtery. Rob Thomas blew them away...he,s a real musician. Adam Lambert has good voice but doesn't know how to use it in a way to make it stand out while being still connected to the music. Doughtery was pretty much the same, he needed powerful equipment to stand out. My point is not only do these contestants need to be good singers, they need to be good musicians to compete with the pro's. Crystal is an very good musician and songwriter. Lee has a good voice but a weak musician. Casey is a good musician but his voice isn't good enough. I vote Crystal, she'll have a long career.

    May 19, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  32. starzzguitar

    Please! I might pay to see Casey and I'm no cougar, just a musician. But Lee? No way. Reminds of last years winner...uh...what's his name...uh...wait, I've got I did...well you's....oh, never mind. Now for Chrystal, I've got some old video of the real Janis Joplin, got to sit her down and make her watch THE REAL THING, she might learn something.

    May 19, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  33. ADRI

    Yeah, I guess we did. Also, I just wanted to say that I don't think Crystal should go because I think she has bad dental hygeine or dreadlocks that don't particularly look like they shampooed often enought, I just said that is the reason I'm not completely sold on her. I do admit to being shallow though. I think people should take pride in their appearance and it looks like she does so more power to her, but she's not my cup of chai tea. She has a good voice, but other women before her who have won have had far better in point Kelly Clarkson. Now SHE is a true American Idol and winner.

    May 19, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  34. TeamCrystal

    Crystal has been the winner since the start!!! Go Crystal!!

    May 19, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  35. krubby

    well adri, we did end up agreeing on at least something (i.e. casey). I agree 100% w/ you on that one. that is exactly what I was trying to say.

    May 19, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Marnie

    Oh who cares really. Idol is so over.

    May 19, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  37. ADRI

    Even if it weren't a medical condition, I would think it is bad hygeine....but that is just me. I am a dental freak.

    I totally believe Casey has stuck around so long because he is nice to look at. You have to agree that he just cannot cut it out there talent wise compared to Lee and Crystal. It's just the truth. And also, I'm not the only who thinks this as there is that whole "Cougars for Casey" campaign.

    May 19, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Jim

    It all comes down to this and I'm behind Crystal...or I'd like to be 🙂
    Watch American Idol

    May 19, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  39. krubby

    I am not the one that made the comment. even if it wasn't due to her issues then it is a shallow comment anyway. the winner should be based on more than pretty looks and marketability is my opinion, that is all.

    I think perhaps I will admit my frustration is not so much at your comment as much as it is on why I think casey is still in. he is about the 10th best of the 12 yet he is in the top 3 because of his cute smile (I guess).

    so perhaps I will admit my comment may be less about frustration over your comment, and more over casey still sticking around for the opposite reasons of why you at least partially said crystal should go.

    May 19, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  40. ADRI

    And I have watched it the whole four months, but I never heard anyone come out and say "Crystal has yellow teeth because she has a medical condition." Get over it, Krubby. People aren't as evil as you think they are.

    May 19, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Chris

    Lee is very good but Crystal is incredible!!

    May 19, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  42. starzzguitar

    Allison the little redhead from last year CAN BLOW ALL OF THESE PEOPLE OFF OF THE STAGE in two seconds. She was and is better than ALL of the contestants this year. And all the judges wanted to talk about was the way she dressed, just like Siobhan this year. Stupid. That guest shot she had earlier this year proved it, too. Amazing. The winner this year will still be a loser.

    May 19, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  43. ROSES

    I just don't see Casey winning this. Yeah, he's a good guitar player but the voice is not there. Crystal sounds the same to me week after week, I just think Lee has the most natural voice, and yeah, while i do admit that his type of voice is everywhere on the radio these days...its what people like. Have any of you heard of his pre-idol CD??? it is amazing!!!!

    May 19, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  44. krubby

    right off the bat? this show has been on for 4 months or more already hasn't it? plus has been mentioned numerous times already

    May 19, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Michael

    No one voted "against" Casey or Lee or Crystal. We are never voting to "send someone home". If that were the case, then Casey would probably "go home". But, Casey is from a large state, his "base" of fans are the ones who vote again and again and again, and if you've watched AI from Season One, you know it is very predictable. Casey will get enough votes to make it to the finals, because the "anti-Casey" voters are split between Lee and Crystal. If it's Casey vs. Lee, I think Lee will win. If it's Casey vs. Crystal, Casey will win big. The evidence is Seasons 1-8.

    May 19, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Donna

    While I have been supporting Casey, I think Lee and Crystal surpassed him last night. I think all three can have good careers after Idol. I think perhaps Crystal will be the stand out performer in the long run. Like last year, and many past years, the Idol winner may not amount to big things, while the runner up has the best career.Lambert will be the bigger star in the long run, Look at Daughtry. He has past his Idol 1 and 2 placers, and he did not make the finale. Talent, and charisma, that is what fans want in the long run.

    May 19, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  47. ADRI

    Hey Krubby, like we are supposed to know right off the bat that that is the reason she has yellow teeth???? I guess we are all supposed to be psychic . Maybe next season they should go through all of the contestant's medical history.....

    May 19, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  48. krubby


    crystal has a medical condition that causes her teeth to yellow and as such you mock her for that? I guess others that are not dead on perfect due to other health or like issues should get the same treatment?


    May 19, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  49. We Ba LEE ve

    @yo yo yo yo Rigs-thanks for Lee's website i have d/l all the music videos

    Yo dog, last night's performance was off the hook man Simple Man was just DOPE dood, just the DOPEST ...And we all loved Simons song choice that was HOT throw it down Hallelujah bro...

    Lee is in it to WIN it...with that said you're America's Next American Idol

    We Ba LEE ve We Ba LEE ve dog

    May 19, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  50. ADRI

    I have said it from the very beginning – LEE DEWYZE SHOULD WIN! He has "it". As much as I want to like Crystal, I just don't. Maybe it is her teeth or the fact that she just isn't marketable with that hideous sense of style. I mean I'm all for staying true to yourself, but c'mon. LEE DEWYZE ROCKS! Also, Casey just proves to be a pretty face – that guy just cannot cut it out there! Bye bye Casey......I won't miss you 🙂

    May 19, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  51. b unit

    I am really hoping Lee wins this. I just love him, and I love that voice. He was amazing last night.

    May 19, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  52. krubby

    if AI is going to live on I think it is time for a complete overhaul from the judges to the host.

    I used to really like Ryan, thought he did a great job keeping a live show flowing and together. It is not as easy a job as he makes it appear. having said that, this year especially he went from thinking he was someone whose role it is to host and keep the show going to someone who seems to think the show is just as much about him as everyone else. which it isn't. his antics this year are just one step too far for me at times.

    I used to also like Randy – after so many years it just isn't fresh anymore though. Love Ellen, but not on this show. seems like they set it up for randy and ellen to give a few light comments, then the adults in kara and simon were there to really tell the story.

    kara actually has great commentsand feedback, however despite that something about her I just can't stand,

    simon is gone anyway

    back to my initial comment – new host, new judges across the board, new everything I think is needed. switch it to where you vote who you want off, not want to stay (would eliminate contestants being eliminated due to folks thinking they are safe). get rid of the save. new new new.

    May 19, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  53. rOSES

    I think Lee will win just for the fact that his voice is the most commercial (raw and amazing)... I never liked/enjoyed Lambert's style of singing...too much screeching.

    May 19, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  54. FLORIDAgator

    hugggee fan of casey! hope he can pull this one out.

    May 19, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  55. valerie perry

    they showed some of the Hometown visit last night on the performance show.

    May 19, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Just A Thought

    Said it before I'll say it again – It's the singers that set up thier arrangements! Not the judges! Lee decided to add the chior, just like Crystal added the didgery doo player a while back!

    May 19, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  57. krubby

    snow white,

    I have to say after reading your reply I agree – you can gather a lot from the blogs and variosu sites, so point taken. I take back my comment

    May 19, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  58. mrskool

    Casey is probably kicking himself for not choosing a better song like Lee did with "Simple Man" or something by the Allman Bros. And who dressed him ?? He looked like a 70's Lounge Lizard !!

    I thought Lee was great – I love his voice – but Hallelujah has been done to death already by everyone

    Crystal did well with "Maybe I'm Amazed" (and so what if its written from a man – silly people ! ) and i liked the Melissa Ethridge song too but not as much – kinda screechy.

    Crystal's been consistently good throughout the season but she isnt everyone's cup of tea so i dont think she will be the # 1 vote getter – – I think it will be Lee 🙂

    May 19, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Clyde

    Reality check everyone. Even though I think Crystal is the most talented, because of the voting demographic for this show, I hate to say it will be Lee and Casey in the final. That will be due, in large part, to those voters being female, 13 – 20 and they tend to vote for looks rather than talent. We saw a similar situation a couple of years ago. Can you say "Melinda Doolittle".

    May 19, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Christopher Berry

    To be honest.....I think that it is time for the show to end....the talent this season is of the worst if not the worst.....not impressed with the whole thing really....and all the judges kinda blow....Simon will be gone,....Ellen (love her on Ellen) why she is on AI I have no idea.....Randy is getting old (DOG) and Kara.....not feeling her....Who is going to win...I really dont care.....time to put this show to bed......

    May 19, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  61. DJ Arrell

    Lee for the WIN!

    May 19, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  62. RickyLee

    Hello.... We couldn't get the right vote count for the Presidential Election, do you really think American Idol, who will sign and own this winner has no voice in who will win this thing. Wake Up, if they can do it to a Presidential election, they can certain;y do it here, it' about who American Idol believes will make the most money from as an artist. Personally I don't like any of them, but this is Simon's show, and the fact that he's mentoring Lee says it all.

    May 19, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  63. BT

    I agree with Kurtis. The recap of Lee was different than when it was live and thought that was weird. I guess I don't hear what the judges hear because I never felt that Lee is as great as the judges make him out to be. I definitely think Crystal is every bit as good as Lee and do think they will both be in the finale.

    I love Casey, but also think he needed to put a little more into his performances at this stage of the game, but will probably do fine anyway.

    May 19, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  64. dc

    I have a feeling Bowersox will edge out DeWyze to take it. But either case, I think the top four are all stars and gonna be big. Yeah results week i believe is where the emotional hometown visits occur.

    May 19, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Cal

    I think if Casey goes tonight, I think maybe all the votes he was getting
    may go to Lee. What say you? Thanks!

    May 19, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  66. RobinR

    My hometown, Lee! Vote for Lee!

    May 19, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  67. A

    Lets get real.....none of the will be on top. Crystal got to many things
    going on with her, she can sing but over rated. She is almost like Hicks who marchto his own beat.(look what hapen to him) Lee he can sing but he don’t have the it factor, the industry will eat him up for lunch, and Casey easy on the eyes and will be successful, because they can make him and I think he got a little tiny backbone. The winner is the America people for watching this . .... was not a good show nor outstanding singers.

    May 19, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Steve-O

    'Lee DeWyze' is better looking name on a CD cover than 'Crystal Bowersox', don't you think? Both have talent but if comes to marketing Lee would be the likely winner. Crystal also needs to lose the dreads.

    It doesn't matter since I don't plan to buy any Idol album anyway.

    May 19, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Dan R

    The people and writers comparing Glee to Idol don't get it. It is light years easier to sound good in a recording than it is in a live performance. They also don't have the pressure of losing and performing live. If you've ever performed live you know how hard and scary it is.

    May 19, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Martha Martin

    After last night performances it is easy to see that Lee & Crystal should be the last two standing. Lee is good but I so enjoy Crystal the most this year. On another note I felt like the producers and the judges were pushing America to vote for Lee. I am beginning to beleive there is a fix in this contest.

    May 19, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Bridgette

    I think it will be Crystal and Lee in the top two. I so wish that Hallelujah had been chosen for Crystal, she would have done amazing with that song and given her the upper hand. Crystal has been my number one since the beginning and Lee has been my second so I am glad to see that he has come this far. He's scaring me though! He just might win the whole thing! He did sound amazing last night but Crystal is still the heart of American Idol as far as I'm concerned. Go MamaSox!!

    May 19, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Hattie

    I voted for the first time last night...Lee brought the house down as far as I'm concerned. I would buy his album in a heartbeat. Cystal is ok but Lee has improved so much, he deserves to win. Simon did him a hugh favor picking the right song. It gave me goosebumps and prompted me to hit 'redial' on my phone for an entire hour!

    May 19, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Dan R

    I think all the criticism about this season's performers is wrong. I think Lee and Crystal are maybe the best final two they've ever had. Both are better than Taylor Hicks, Katherine McVee, Kris Allen, Jordan Sparks, that Blake guy. and maybe a couple other finalists.

    May 19, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  74. OoFfa

    The show was broken when we cougar people vote for the worst one. I couldn't stand to watch again after the results of the sinatra night. Casey was godawful. Have a nice day.

    May 19, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  75. kat

    I was totally befuddled by Casey's first song choice, and I don't think Cara helped him much with her pick. Unfortunate.

    May 19, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Bill Pearson

    Since when does an artist get to bring on the Mormon Tabernacle Choir to sing along with them?
    When Simon picks the song and wants them to win.

    May 19, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  77. jnc

    This is the first year that I don't care who wins. I would not buy their albums. I am disappointed by whats left over and unless they pull off something brilliant I will not be casting a vote for any of them.

    May 19, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  78. gigi

    American Idol has jumped the shark. The Glee cast is so talented, and this idol cast is lackluster at best. I would not buy a CD from any of them. Last season with Adam and crew was the best, and it is disappointing that this season does not measure up. Simon is leaving at the perfect time, and it seems like a good time to pull the plug on the show, in my opinion.

    May 19, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Joni

    Casey i not JUST good looking. He can sing AND play the guitar wonderfully.........MUCH better than boring, hum-drum Lee Dewyze. Crystal should win, but it should be against Casey..........not Lee.

    May 19, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Gail Trotter

    You are exactly right!! Either Lee or Crystal would be great. Althougth I lean toward Lee. Who is fantastic. My recommendation for next year is to can Ryan Seacrest or I willl quit watcing. he is so obnoxious. They have to be careful who they replace Simon with that will defintely make or break the show.

    May 19, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |

    I saw a werewolf named Crystal with a Chinese menu in her hand,
    Singing "maybe she was a man" on the streets of Soho
    She was looking for the place called Lee Da'Man Fook's,
    Going to get a big dish of beef chow mein.
    Ahhwooooo... Werewolves of American Idol, Ahwooooo!
    Ahhwooooo... Werewolves of American Idol. Ahwooooo!

    May 19, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Bull

    Casey is also being pushed by the "Vote for the Worst" site,not just the cougars.

    May 19, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Cheri

    Well, Crystal and Lee are the 2 best. Both are wonderful. Casey is good looking and sings pretty well. In my opinion it is still a man's world and most of the voters seem to be women. So it is likely that Lee will win. If Casey makes the final just because he is good looking, that would be a travesty. It's a singing contest, not a beauty pageant, or a sad story contest. Crystal is amazing and my favorite. Eirher way, it is likely that both Crystal and Lee will have a successful future in music. Goooooo Crystal.

    May 19, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Mom

    and Chris@ 1:18 pm; I totally agree with you about Crystal.

    May 19, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  85. zalisa

    You are all forgetting the logic in which the votes are cast...last year was prime example...when it was down to Adam, Kris and Danny, Danny was eliminated, who do you think the "Danny" votes would go to? Even Kris was shocked by the win, but it makes sense if you realize where the tallies are coming from..So it's up in the air, if one of the guys gets to boot, then who will those ousted Idol's votes go to?

    May 19, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  86. (Frenchie)

    Now that I have had a chance to read these comments, I have to put in my two cents worth, the judges were very mean to pick these songs for these idols. First of all the vote may go for Casey as the Judges knew that it was a boring song, as you heard Simon say so. So what gives there? They picked out a stupid song for Crystal showing full well she's a young lady and picked a song for Lee that's a little better. Fans usually listen to Simon but I hope this gets twisted around so that Crystal and Casey will be the two runners up.

    The Judges, "Simon" I found disappointing when I saw him with that smirk and laughing, these Judges are suppose to be professionals and look at how they act. One mintue they love Crystal and then their being negative, maybe the seat will be pulled from all the Judges with all of their unprictable comments they've made this season and see who wins this. I like Ellen as she's new at this and she gets roped into the judges. Ellen be yourself. Thank you

    May 19, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Mom

    Did anyone else think that Simon's hair looked like a "brillo pad"?

    Lee IS adorable and can sing!

    May 19, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Joni

    There is absolutely no way that you could say Casey's rendition of "Daughters" by John Mayer was flat!!!!! He sounded great and sang with real feeling. Lee has YET to be able to sing anything with feeling. The guy looks exactly the same no matter what he's singing and they all sound exactly the same. Also, since when, Simon, is the song "Hallelujah" RELEVANT int he Pop Culture scene????? You sure like to talk out of both sides of your mouth!

    May 19, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Bernadette Sanchioni

    I think the show was actually a little boring this year. None of the contestants really blew things away they were just ok. I think Lee did a hell of a job last night. Im routing for lee.

    May 19, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Chris

    Why all the hype about Lee? He's just another pretty face with a raspy voice....there are a thousand of him already singing. Crystal on the other hand is unique, and in my opinion, has been the best from the very beginning.

    May 19, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Joni

    Also, leave the poor girl's teeth alone. How judgmental of everyone to think that has any substance or really matters. Also, I believe that Crystal should win, because she has had the most consistently good performances throughout, but I believe that Casey has 100 times more talent than Lee (and he can play a MUCH better guitar).

    May 19, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Ruth

    I thought Lee and Crystal were good last night. Casey sounded flat most of the way through his second song. I think he's going home. Not that that's the worst that can happen – the man's going to have a good career regardless. I think all three of them will do fine career-wise.

    Adam Lambert shot himself in the foot at that awards show – what a horrible number – blech. I rooted for him on AI, but am completely uninterested in anything he does now after that serious lapse in common sense.

    May 19, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Joni

    Crystal Bowersox and Casey James are the only 2 left who can even sing.............look, I like the whole "paint shop boy" idea with Lee too..........IF HE COULD SING and PERFORM!!!!!!! But it's hardly fair that a guy who is OBVIOUSLY mediocre could possibly win Idol. Even if you negate the other 2 finalists, how many wonderful singers are there out there that don't even make it in to see Randy, Simon, and Kara during auditions because the show has to bring in some TERRIBLE people just for the sake of weirdos who like to watch that. I thought this was supposed to be a TALENT show. I believe this is my last year for watching "Idol".

    May 19, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  94. shellybean173

    @LseeJax where do you live?? Adam Lambert has success?? Where??? On the moon?? Coming back to "mentor"(if that's what you want to call it) on American Idol hardly justifies success. One song he has on the radio? And it SUCKS!!! Just like he did the whole season through American Idol last year. He is a freak show and that's about it. Talk about a bad voice you had it all last season while Adam was on there. This year is Lee all the way. Crystal is not good and those facial expressions while she sings? Are you serious? She looks as though she is in labor or something. GO LEE!!!

    May 19, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  95. carole

    the two remaining LEE AND CRYSTAL


    May 19, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  96. (Frenchie)

    Crystal you are still the best and Good Luck, you are awesome and I am for you all the way.

    From Halifax, Nova Scotia

    May 19, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  97. ptownlady

    Casey and Lee are Hot! Crystal is really good at singing however if she wins the first thing she will do is go to the dentist and fix those teeth!!!

    May 19, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Dennis

    All four judges should be involved the the song choice for all three contestants. Thus, all semblance of unbalance in the song selection is shared by all of the 'experts'.

    May 19, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  99. 2DAZBFO

    Dear Don't Judge Me....Seriously ? You are using that name and then accuse someone of having a Gay agenda....what ever that may actually be. Give it a rest already. Human beings are human beings.....not a label of any kind.

    May 19, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Yvonne

    I've been a fan of Lee since the auditions. He was amazing last night. I felt bad for Casey. He's much better than he performed last night. Crystal is great and she knows it. I think the finale will be between Lee and Crystal. I'm hoping Lee will win.

    My only complaint about the entire season was that the contestants showed little or no personality.

    May 19, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  101. suzy diamond

    Final two: Crystal & Lee. Winner: Lee....Simon gave his stamp of approval the other night....BIG BOOST!!! GO LEE!!!!

    May 19, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  102. moon627

    If the audience reaction was any indication of how the votes will go then i think its pretty apparent that LEE will be the next american idol with CRYSTAL as his runner up. So long Casey ! 🙂

    What was up with the no-show of Home Towns ? that was sucky ! 😦

    May 19, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  103. Barbara

    Lee was by far the best, Crystal was okay ...I think the final will be Leee & casey

    May 19, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  104. mark

    If you listen to the playback without any ambient noise you will hear that Lee was off key quite a bit. It was just an ok job. Poor Casey. The boy just cannot sing. Crystal on the other hand, sang what many in the music world consider a very hard song to sing. She did it with the same gusto as always even tho it was not her type of song. In my opinion, Crystal is the only artist on stage that can make it as a solo artist. That is not to say that Lee is not good, but he will need a band because he is considered a rocker.

    May 19, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  105. Kim

    That was a lousey song choice for Casey.

    It's Lee W all the way man. He outdid even the flavor of the night – Mamasox! Way to go man.

    May 19, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  106. Michael

    “Hallelujah” for Lee Dewyze – I think we can say that was the performance of the season. It gave me shivers like Carrie Underwood’s “Alone” or David Cook’s “Always Be My Baby” – one of those rare “season moments.” It truly made me feel like this season has started to materialize (it only took 5 months). With the finale looking more than ever like a Lee-Crystal duel, could a Casey upset be waiting in the wings? Is the “cougar vote” that powerful?

    May 19, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  107. Daphne

    Hope they do show more "home town" moments tonight. I to was expecting more but as one comment was put...the bulk is shown on the results show. I forgot that from previous years.

    I hope Crystal takes it even though I think the loser is in better shape as far as starting a career in singing.

    May 19, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  108. MARY

    I picked Crystal all year but after Lee's performances last night, he may win it all. Casey is good but he would not sell music. Lee will get all the Daughtry fan votes. Crystal is awesome too, she will no doubt get a record deal, She hasn't taken criticism well lately either.

    May 19, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  109. JUSTME

    I think Chrystal and Lee are both terrific. They could easily perform together as seen last week with their duet. I would buy either one's CD. Good luck to both!! Bye Bye Casey, you will do OK too.

    May 19, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  110. Sienna

    Unfortunately, it's going to be another dud of an American Idol season if the WRONG person wins (i.e. Taylor Hicks, Kris Allen). Lee Dewyze will be another BORING, has-been after a few months if he's the next American Idol.

    May 19, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  111. Vendetta

    Dear TB – Finally someone is catching on!

    May 19, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  112. jock

    To be perfectly honest I think this is my last year watching this show. I don't think that any of the top three are worthy of me purchasing their music. THe show has gotten extremely boring and Lee Dewyze is the worst of the three. I really must go and get my hearing tested as I in no way heard anything great in any of last nights performances that the judges seemed to get.. If pushed I would say that Crystal Bowersox second performance was the best of the night. Time for Idol to radically change or go!!!!!

    May 19, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  113. Don't judge me

    I forgot to mention that in past shows, Simon slammed one of the male singers for singing a "woman's" song. Noticed he didn't say anything to Crystal for singing a "man's" song...

    May 19, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  114. Todd Balstrom

    Casey and Taylor Swift have never been seen in the same place at the same time.

    Both are tall.

    Both have flowing blond locks.

    Both have fooled the majority of America into believing that they are better singers than they actually are.


    May 19, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  115. Don't judge me

    I'm sorry but I didn't like Crystal's songs. First, "Come to My Window" is a lesbian love song! Second, another love song with a twist Ellen's choice "Maybe I'm Amazed". It just seemed wrong being sung by a woman (lyrics "maybe I'm a man" and "I'm a man and you're the only woman") WHAT is going on here? I feel uneasy that Crystal is promoting a gay agenda tonight. Who is behind this?

    May 19, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  116. Snow White

    Good day Mr. Krubby. Although I may not be watching, I am reading the many posts by various media and commentators, and there is enough info there to spell it out.

    May 19, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  117. millie

    Dear Ellen, Your song choice was terrible. Crystal is not a man- no matter how much you wish it to be true. You are also not a man. I know you have the clothes, and the walk; the hair, and the talk--but you are still just a covergirl.

    May 19, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  118. Stu

    Crystal has always consistently given good to great performances where Lee has messed up badly on numerous occasions. It didn't seem until recently that Lee could hit every note precisely. If Crystal doesn't win I predict she will end up with the best contract anyway.

    May 19, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  119. Scott H.

    I knew that by mid season we would be looking at these 3. Lee and
    Crystal being the most consistent and adding a new style that many
    Idol finalists have lacked. As for Casey, well you have a pleasant
    voice-but let's face it-you would have been out on several occasions
    if you didn't have the tween, teen and cougars following you...
    I think song choice will decide the winner-Crystal having the most
    unique voice since Fantasia on stage and Lee having been the most
    mature vocalist he knows how to deliver to an audience when he has the right song.

    May 19, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  120. krubby

    snow white,
    if you have not really watched it this season then how do you know anything about what is going on?

    May 19, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  121. P. Lee

    I’m kind of surprised of the Kara bashing. Kara, out of all the judges, gives more of a constructive criticism than the other 3. She was an aspiring singer/songwriter so she know her chops. At least Simon speaks his mind and most of the time blunt. (His antics, I believe, is mostly for the ratings). I like Randy and Ellen also. But, yes, Ellen hasn’t added much except a few jokes here and there. Why even bother showing up I wonder. Hello, the money is pretty good I’m sure. I get a feeling that Ellen either doesn’t get enough sleep or she just sometimes looks like she doesn’t want to be there. You can feel the iciness between her and Kara.

    May 19, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  122. Snow White

    Once upon a time there was a show called American Idol.
    Sorry have to admit not really watching AI this season. With Mr. Cowell heading out, may as well terminate the show altogether. Degeneres hasn't proved herself well as judge material and not much else to add about Kara's two cents. Randy is the lone judge who is carrying it on.

    May 19, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  123. Just A Thought

    @Ben – Really? Crystal made you cry? Don't get me wrong, Crystal is good, but for at least 2 weeks now Lee has rocked the house! Last night was really awesome and again I like Crystal, but seemed like she was screaming some of the song and just not as good as Lee. But still miles better than Casey!

    May 19, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  124. Hugh01

    I agree ... It seemed that Casey didn't give a Rat's Ass if he was there or not in recent weeks.

    May 19, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  125. gina

    If either Crystal or Casey want to challenge Lee they should consider another Leonard Cohen classic, "If It Be Your Will".

    May 19, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  126. Ben

    Last night was a almost seems that the panel was pushing Lee
    to win it all. He was good, but nowhere as good as Crystal. Not only is she a powerhouse singer she always looks comfortable and engages the audience. Not once has Lee made anyone cry? He is not a performer, a good singer but not a performer/

    May 19, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  127. Diane

    I absolutely love LEE!! He is genuine, humble and extremely talented. Please vote off Crystal. She can sing but is so annoying. Casey's ok but this year definitely belongs to LEE!!!

    May 19, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  128. Just A Thought

    As I said before – It's the singers that set up thier arrangements! Not the judges! Lee decided to add the chior, just like Crystal added the didgery doo player a while back!

    May 19, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  129. tee

    I think Lee is going to be the winner this year and rightfully so. He was great last night and for once I agree with Simon that Lee seems like such a sweet guy. I believe that he is capable of going further than any other idol winner in the past if he desires because I see qualities that he has that others lacked. He is more talented than he believes he is and that is his only problem. Go LEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111

    May 19, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  130. Casey Fan

    Casey was shafted by Caras song choice for him. Lee had a choir, lights and DRAMA..........REALLY. How is that fair. I think it was a set up by Idol to put Lee in and Casey out. Casey Rocks.

    May 19, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  131. Bacabmk

    Hey, I can consider myself a "cougar", but just because Casey is cute DOESN'T mean he should win. The other 2 are SO, SO MUCH BETTER. Lee and Crystal will be the top 2.

    May 19, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  132. 2DAZBFO

    Bowsox is in a no win situation at this point and time. It's the Adam Lambert situation all over again. If either of the guys go home tonight the other guy will pick up most if not all of the votes from the teenage girls supporting them both. Which means again the most original talent on the show will lose once again.

    May 19, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  133. Melissa

    Casey's leaving this week and the winner is going to be Lee. Lee's the only one that has that "something". Then again, he's only the best of the mediocre. This season has been terrible. I haven't even watched the last 5 episodes. The only reason I watched last night is that I thought it was the finale.

    May 19, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  134. bravehart

    @Sienna-I have listened to it back many, many times last night...with a critical ear even, because I have caught his pitch problems prior...and he could not have done better, IMO.

    May 19, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  135. Pat

    I think Crystal should win. She has been great all year long. Look at who picked the songs last night. Come on Simon picked the song for Lee and Ellen picked the song for Crystal. I think toward the end the judges all want Lee to win because they feel like he will do better and go farther than the others. I like Lee but his voice was pitchey last night and he was not as great as the judges said. I hope Crystal wins because to me she is the best.

    May 19, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  136. Perky J

    LEE is the next American Idol!!!! He is so much better than the other two. Go Lee!!!!!

    May 19, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  137. suesark

    Yep! Pretty sure the bulk of the hometown visits will be tonight...the parades, Mayors giving them keys to the city, etc. I think the Final Two SHOULD be Lee and Crystal (with my very strong leanings toward Crystal) But, sadly, I think it WILL be Lee and Casey based on looks. Sad!

    May 19, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  138. JJ

    This is the worst season by far. Wow , wow did those song choices suck! Lee did the best job of picking his own song. I am scared for Mama Sox. I voted for her several times because if Casey gets in I will never watch the show again. . He by far has the worst voice of the top 10. Some of these contestans that got voted off have to be thinking why , why why..... Then again , Ruben and Fantasia did win this thing.

    May 19, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  139. kat

    Crystal could never ever be as successful as the others like carry underwood, she just doesnt have it in her, now on the other hand Casey would shine in an country music award with his voice and looks and personality!!! Cant wait to c him up there>

    May 19, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  140. TeenerJoe

    It was interesting how the Judges commented so that everyone would see how they should vote....I enjoy the singing and entertainment but getting really tired of the whole Idol thing. It seems more and more fixed each season its on. I really like the 3 finalists, and think they are marketable to varying degrees, I have to remind myself it's not their fault the format is like it is. Is there a way to do this show without the boring and tiresome Judges? I love to dream....

    May 19, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  141. Sher

    Kurtis – yes they use dress rehearsal footage. They have to have the clips edited and ready to go as soon as the show ends, sometimes only seconds after the last singer performs. They only way they can do it, is to use rehearsal footage.

    May 19, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  142. randy

    lee clearly will win the whole thing,his come from nowhere to the final 3
    america loves this kind of story,i like all 3,casey is too much of a ladys man,crystal mama-sox will go on to too make records.

    May 19, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  143. Kalli

    LEE DEWYZE – all the way!!! He is the NEXT American Idol, period!

    May 19, 2010 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  144. Just A Thought

    It was Lee's decision to add the choir! Just Like Crystal added the didgrey doo player a few weeks back! The singer sets up thier arrangements not the judges! The judges don't have to push, Lee flat out, out performed Crystal last night! Plain & Simple!

    May 19, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  145. Becky

    Crystal"s performances are all the same. She stood out in the beginning but Lee has definitely taken over. Never understoon Casy in the 1st place. If Lee doe not win then it is a popularity contest and not really supported by the voters.

    May 19, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  146. ladyd817

    I agree 100% they are the top two I had that feeling from day one. For the first time I like both of the finalists and would be happy to see either one win!

    May 19, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  147. Just A Thought

    @ SJ – Adam has a Gag facter! I haven't heard or wanted to hear from him since he left Idol! In fact AI was the highpoint of his career! Adam was great on AI, but has been a huge bust ever since!

    May 19, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  148. JayDeeTea

    I think the winner should have three basic qualities, among many other qualities 1. Sing in tune, 2. Perform with conviction, and 3. End the performance with you wanting more! Therefore, the winner needs to by Crystal, hands down!

    May 19, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  149. P. Lee

    Same here John Smith – I quadruple 2nd that!
    —And I just think that is totally unfair! If Lee was a phenomenal singer/performer is one thing, but he’s not.

    May 19, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  150. Sienna

    John Smith – I couldn't agree with you more.

    May 19, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  151. P. Lee

    Besides Simon leaving . . .

    May 19, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  152. P. Lee

    What are some of the changes to Idol? Is there something I don’t know?

    May 19, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  153. Rachael

    Ithought for sure Michael and Crystal would be the top 2!

    May 19, 2010 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  154. SnazzyGirl

    LEE ALL THE WAY !! He is simply the best. The young girls voting for Casey can't deny Lee this honor. so, not the best of the lot.

    May 19, 2010 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  155. John Smith

    What a joke. They give Crystal a song not nearly as suited to her style as what she has been doing all season and she still does great with it (with very little musical support). Then they bring out a full chorus and orchestra for Lee and yes, he does okay with it but his vocals are still nowhere near as good as Crystal. He is pitchy in spots and nearly chokes on the ending but they completely ignore that as they have set it up as the "big production number". And how many times do we have to hear "Hallelujah"?? C'mon, really. Crystal has got twice the talent but for some reason (like she doesn't give a crap what they think?) they have been pushing for Lee to win, regardless.

    May 19, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  156. Sienna

    Lee cannot sing an entire song in tune! Listen to it back people, listen to it back!!!!

    May 19, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
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    May 19, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  158. mamamia

    I like Cyrstal from day 1 but I think Lee was the best tonight. Casey should go home.

    By the way, what's with Kara? She always looks likes she's going to jump on every male contestant. Please, please replace her next least Paula was funny, Kara is pathetic!

    May 19, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  159. A.S.M

    I'd have to go with Casey and Lee. Crystal was in the bottom 2 last week and this week her performances did nothing to help her avoid that. I thought that this week was her worst by far.

    May 19, 2010 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  160. RR3

    Lee has a slight resemble to "The Boss" - Bruce Springsteen...
    that works quite well on his favor, having said that...he's going to win it
    Crystal has been sliding the last few weeks...and Casey?...let's face it with Kara's controversy, he has made himself a name ...
    All three will be fine, not great by any means, but fine...
    Still this has been a very boring season, no wonder all the changes announced...
    "American Idol season 8"...the best of all times

    May 19, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  161. Just A Thought

    Casey had the chance on his first song to shine; but failed miserably! I mean seriously folks, he picked his song and failed...the judges can only do so much and Casey has been sucking for a few weeks now!

    May 19, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  162. Just A Thought

    Darn..thought I'd get thru the whole blog without having to hear about Big Mike. Good ridance...Casey is next!

    May 19, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  163. P. Lee

    I like Crystal’s voice and Joplin-esque style over Lee’s generic anthem rock or more commercial ready style. Neither one has that personality or commanding performance style like Lambert. For me, Lee ruined Hallelujah by over singing it and the rock arraigment didn’t work for me. Someone mentions KD Lang’s version and I would have to agree. KD Lang brought so much emotion and wistfulness to the song that I didn’t feel from Lee. He just sang and his phrasing or any of the nuance of the lyrics/meaning/emotion he just was not capable of capturing! None of them impressed me last night! I almost felt that the judges were practically patting themselves and each others on the back for their song choices!

    May 19, 2010 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  164. Cynthia T

    I love Lee and Crystal, but Crystal hs been my favorite up until last night. After watching Lee put it all out on the stage last night I hope he wins. There is something sweet and vulnerable about Lee that has won me over.

    Either way all 3 of them will have great careers.

    May 19, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  165. Medusa

    Crystal and lee will be in the finale. Casey is only here because of his face, not his voice. It all depends on who drops the bombshell in the finale, Crystal or lee. Casey is toast.

    May 19, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  166. Wobbles

    all i have to say is casey sux and shouldnt be there...big mike should be in top 3....but lee is my boy now that big mike has stepped out and reason was when he sang the song a soulful song hit the stop and sent chills down the spine...heck i liked it more than the original singer...anyway casey is out this week cause like i said he sux big hairy floppy donkey...Mamasox and Lee gonna rock the house next week.

    May 19, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  167. L.Stewart

    I believe last night's singing was a set up. It is obvious that second song that Casey was given to sing was a deliberate dud. Casey is gone like the wind. Thank you Randy.

    May 19, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  168. TinLv

    The judges gave Casey that lackluster song because they didn't want him to shine. They want a Lee/Crystal finale and they are going to get it. Casey could have countered that with a better song choice of his own, but he didn't, so he's going home. Crystal was great as always on both her songs, but Lee stole the show. I think when he sang "Simple Man", we saw the real Lee, maybe for the first time all year. That was great. I prefer Jason Castro's version of the Hallelujah; it was more true to Leonard Cohen's poetry and is my favorite performance ever on Idol, but the judges and the audience seemed to love Lee's take on the song.

    May 19, 2010 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  169. Robert Lawrence

    I believe last night's singing was a set up. It is obvious that second song that Casey was given to sing was a deliberate dud. Casey is gone like the wind. Thank you Randy.


    May 19, 2010 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  170. Betty

    I have never voted until last night and I voted solid for the whole two hours for Lee and Casey, Crystal just repulses me, I have never seen anyone looking so nasty, hair is beyond repair and she really needs dental care, that tatto on her back is gross, her whole person is just a little dirty looking. I would like to see Lee and Casey with Lee winning, but I would hurt Casey for his hair, that hair is wasted on a guy and I know lots of women that could put it to good use. I also think with a little professional training either of these guys could sell a lot of music and that is the point is it not?

    May 19, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  171. Judi

    Crystal & Lee for sure. Casey is very limited in his singing diversity.
    I think no matter who wins they will both have contracts. Sometimes its better NOT to be the BIG winner as you are less tied to contractual ideals – so Crystal may be in a better place if she comes in second since she is a bit more free spirited in her thinking. Believe me, Simon hasn't been complimenting and winking at her for nothing – he's already seeing a CD in the making. I like Lee too. But I think Crystal has been consistently good since Day 1. Wish she did some Joplin last nite.

    May 19, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  172. LJC

    I am not sure what everyone is hearing with Crystal. I do not believe she has a good voice at all. I would love to see Lee win it all and it would be awesome to have Lee and Casey in the finale. You have to BeLEEive!!! Lee Rocks!!!

    May 19, 2010 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  173. sfcali

    I didn't see the hometown scenes, but I'm pretty sure the saddest hometown representation was the one I went to – it was for Katherine McPhee. They held it at Universal Studios (LA) and I wanted to go just because it was close. There was probably 200 people max. They kept telling everyone to bunch together. So sad.

    May 19, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  174. SJ

    To MK – Seriously? You honestly think that either of these two will outlast Adam Lambert? Oh my goodness. What are you smoking? Adam Lambert is going to be around forever whether you like him or not. And I like Lee and Crystal a lot! But, I do not believe either one of them will have the staying power that Adam has. Kris Allen is another story. As far as I'm concerned, he is already mostly forgotten. Kris, Lee and Crystal do not have the "Wow" factor that Adam does. Crystal is my favorite this year and I hope she does win.

    May 19, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  175. shg

    Lee took a phenomenal song and did a very mediocre version of it.
    This guy is SOOO over-rated.

    May 19, 2010 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  176. Sheryl, Groton, CT

    I think it will be Lee and Crystal. I will be happy with either of them taking the crown – they are both great singers, and have been my faves (besides Big Mike) all along. Tonight they will show their visits home, which always bring me to tears because its so nice that people come out and cheer for them as they all work so hard.

    May 19, 2010 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  177. Kim

    LEE HAS TO WIN... He has been the best each performance night for weeks now. Casey is BORING and Crystal's voice has been kind of annoying lately, not smooth and enjoyable. Some have said that Lee is not marketable, that is so far from reality... He is sweet and adorable!

    May 19, 2010 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  178. wendy sepulvado

    I hope that America see's that Crystal and Lee are the ones! Crystal is amazing an I can't wait to buy her first cd. Her voice and her way of singing makes me feel it..My husband and I have watched her and loved her from the start. Lee at first was dreary but had that sound..Now I fee the last few weeks he has really come out of his shell and is awesome!!! So I think these 2 are there. I just hate to see one of them leave. And I can honestly say if America votes for casey and he wins I will not watch next year. He was o.k. and thats it. He is getting votes on his looks not his voice. Yes he can play a mean guitar but thats it. I could see him playing in a band but not the leader....Goooooooo Crystal and Lee you both have mty votes!!!!! Angel in Flight

    May 19, 2010 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  179. Laura

    Ditto! Lee and Crystal are THE final two! See ya Casey!!

    May 19, 2010 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  180. Jan

    Lee knocked it out of the ballpark last night – he is the winner as far I am concerned.

    May 19, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  181. TF

    Ok, I really thought "Hallelujah" was a horrible choice... but Lee hit that one out of the park! "Simple Man" was PERFECT! Way to go, Lee! Casey just isn't good. A few notes were flat, and both were remarkable boring and unexceptional. Crystal did really well with the songs. I wanted her to switch them up more, but she did well. It's undoubtable, though... Lee stole the show... now if he'd just stop looking as if he's about to puke after he sings.

    May 19, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  182. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Crystal is a natural and Lee sounds like nothing new just another copy cat.

    May 19, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  183. P. Lee

    Saw the show last night and I wasn’t that impressed w/ Lee as the judges were. I was actually quite surprised that the judges heaped praises over Lee! Vocally he sounded OK but neither song had that so called moment that Simon always chiming about. I think the judges are just setting him up to be the winner or the final 2 w/ Crystal. Because Lee’s performance was subpar if you compare that to Adam Lambert’s last season!
    —I have talked to numerous people who say this is their least fave season! I think Idol will slowly lose rating once Simon debuts his show next season?

    May 19, 2010 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  184. kat

    Casey and Lee for final, casey has the best voice of them all but not even the judges find him a good song. To me Casey is the male version of Carry Underwood, has all the credentials of American Idol.
    I think 2nite Crystal will say goodby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 19, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  185. Lynette Walker

    I believe it's a close race between Lee and Crystal winning American Idol. In the beginning I felt Casey had what it takes to win for there is a huge Country Western fan base watching this program. Casey could have taken this year's award, however, Casey singing the Beatles and Sinatra, etc. was not a good fit for his voice. He has fallen from the top due to this. I believe Lee appeals to a wider audience than Crystal style of music. Crystal's likeness to the Janis Joplin sound is exciting, however, she is not warm with the audience or viewers although she is definitely talented and nice on the eyes.
    Lee is reminiscent of Kurt Cobain to some degree, however, he has his own unique style, a powerful voice, and an awe inspiring personality. He has a far reaching range and is a far more inviting personality than Crystal. If Crystal had the personality of Katie, she would certainly get more votes.. Crystal is more aloof and because of this, she will not pull in as many votes.. Crystal has been a bit compative with snide remarks when the judges critique her while Lee has paid attention and put their healthy advice to work. He has shown the most progress as well throughout the season.. Good luck to both of them.

    May 19, 2010 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  186. Jason

    My problem with Lee as Idol: I doubt we'll ever hear anything from him that we haven't already heard from Daughtry, David Cook, and Bo Bice. Crystals going to win, because we've already heard Lee's voice several times. I just really hope they do not let Kara anywhere near the Idol song this year. In fact, no Idol song would be a great idea. Just let her perform her best song of the season.

    May 19, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  187. Jason

    Just change the name of the show to "Hallelujah Idol"- what is this, the 4th time we've heard this song in 3 seasons? 3 times in the top 12, and once during Hollywood week? I'm over that song!

    Casey's first song was better than his 2nd, but his first song wasn't that great. With his 2nd song, it feels like the judges set him up to go home....which they seem to do every year with the top 3.

    Crystals 2nd song was better than her first, but both were solid performances. The Paul McCartney song was one of my favorites for her.

    Lee's first performance was much better than his 2nd. Haven't been much of a fan of his this season, but for me, last night's Simple Man was his single best performance.

    May 19, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  188. Jackie

    I think this whole season has been a snoozer.

    May 19, 2010 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  189. Debbie

    I may be a cougar, but there's no doubt Lee and Crystal should be the final two.

    Hallelujah is one of the most moving songs ever written. Lee's vocals were perfect. But, please, for the studio version LOSE THE CHOIR. It would have been much better with just Lee and a guitar.

    May 19, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  190. Jana

    I've said it before and will say it again, Crystal is gonna win this thing. She's the one with the most talent of all of them in the top 12 this year!!

    May 19, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  191. rhonda

    i think alot of the posters are correct in the fact that the hometown stuff is shown on the results show. i hope sto. i was at arlington when lee was home. lots of energy. as for top two...based on last night it should be crystal and lee. casey has been to inconsistent and last night was another one of those nights. Good Luck to all.

    May 19, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  192. Steven

    Last night was the first Idol show I seen all season. Casey did not do anything that made him unique. The impression I got from his performance was a Lounge Singer at best. Both Crystal and Lee did an outstanding performance, but Lee took the night.

    One thing I am still confused about. That is, why is Ellen on the panel? She had nothing to contribute to the singers. She only agreed to what Randy said and added nothing herself. I am glad that this was the only episode that I watched this season.

    May 19, 2010 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  193. N L Todd

    I'm a cougar, & I am not crazy about any of them, this is the worse year ever, as far as talent, good looks, & presents on stage. Especially after ADAM LAMBERT, he had talent, he reminded me of ELVIS.

    Crystal, looks like she needs a bath, hair is a mess, it looks like it could be bug infessed, her teeth are discussing. Her voice gets on my nerves.

    Casey, is a dud, looks good, plays guita.r, NEVER could he hold an audience for 1 1/2 hrs.-2 hrs. I would not buy a CD or ticket.
    He is boring. Hair needs to be styled.

    Lee, looks good, can play guitar, his stage presents is getting better.
    I am tired of the the scruffy look. Lee has pipes.

    May 19, 2010 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  194. judy

    poor Lee they did not even show his home town They showed his text from Simon in the airplane. I agree it was terrible Maybe tonight they will show more.

    May 19, 2010 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  195. millie

    Lee brought so much of himself to the songs that he plainly shined and overpowered the other two. I didn't like the songchoice by Crystal or Ellen. Casey was interesting to some extent. I was clearly wrong in saying that Lee needed guidance- he knows who he is.

    May 19, 2010 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  196. cher61

    Lee was awesome...He has my "many" votes! He's just so down to him!

    May 19, 2010 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  197. haren

    Crystal has originality and real artist. she should be the winner and this is the year for women.

    May 19, 2010 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  198. Grant

    Lee is going to win the whole thing. Simon lobbed a softball at him tonight on the last song and it might have been hit out of the park. This season has been tough to watch. The talent just doesn't seem to be there. It's been rare to see the 'wow' performance. I don't get what some of you see in Crystal. Exact same thing every time. Would not buy or listen to her music ever. That doesn't mean she lacks talent. Just my opinion. Does anyone else think Casey sounds like Eddie Vedder of PJ? Unfortunately he has no stage presence.

    May 19, 2010 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  199. Lisa

    This season has been rather boring. All in all the contestants were ok, not a lot of personality or great vocal talent. I think last night showed the rightful winner of this season. Lee sang with everything he had and he seems to be the only one left who really cares to win. Crystal is just happy to be alive (aren't we all) and Casey doesn't seem to be too impressed with much up there.
    Crystal and Lee in finale, with Lee the big winner.

    May 19, 2010 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  200. Mike

    I would actually prefer Casey win this thing. Don't get me wrong I love Lee and Crystal and hate Casey, which is why I wouldn't mind seeing him stuck with the crappy AI contract while the other two easily get signed and can do music their way. LeeSox are two talented artists right there. Casey is the perfect American Idol in that he's boring and not really any good, like most of the winners of this show. So let Crystal and Lee come in second/third... and let Casey be relegated to future appearances on American Idol as people say "Casey who? Oh yeah from the worst season ever."

    May 19, 2010 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  201. Doug


    This show is GARBAGE and so are
    ALL the stupid useless IDIOTS they grind out.

    NO real singers, no real music, just IDIOTIC POP SHlT.

    May 19, 2010 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  202. woody

    who cares havent watched idol all year....

    Wheres the LOST blog ?!

    May 19, 2010 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  203. Bruce

    Crystal and Lee in the final. Crystal is the most naturally talented, IMO, and puts so much soul into every song, especially when she chooses them. Unfortunately, the deck is stacked against her. No doubt, many more young girls and women call in to vote than do boys and men. The females will tend to favor a cute, sensitive guy over a soulful female. Too bad because Crystal really has the natural goods.

    May 19, 2010 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  204. RLC

    Lee and Crystal- Top Two-LEE WILL BE THE NEXT AMERICAN IDOL!!

    May 19, 2010 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  205. Jamie in Knoxville

    Thank you Jenny, I kept thinking the same thing, I was walking around my house afterward singing the song with the word woman or girl trying to figure to reasoning out on why she would have kept saying "maybe I'm a man...", obviously she isn't one. It made the whole thing distracting to me also and caused my vote to go elsewhere!

    May 19, 2010 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  206. JC

    Casey hasn't been the Vote for the Worst candidate. It was Tim Urban for about 6 weeks. When he got voted off it was Siobhan, and then Big Mike. This is the first week Vote for the Worst has backed Casey.

    May 19, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  207. jenny

    yeah, i think it's lee and crystal. i, too, was distracted by the "maybe i'm a mans". she coulda changed it to make it a woman's song.

    lee's great. each week he shows more and more talent. when he was done with 'hallelujah" his eyes were very shiny. could it be......EMOTION???? i hope lee wins.

    May 19, 2010 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  208. Pete

    At least they finally credited Leonard Cohen for Hallelujah. But even was written "Cohen/Buckley." Can't Leonard get any respect? He wrote the darn song, period. And, to me, his understated performance is far more emotionally impactful than the overorchestrated version Lee did last night. Don't get me wrong: Lee did a fine job, but the orchestration was intentionally designed for Lee to "have a moment."

    May 19, 2010 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  209. Jamie in Knoxville

    I think that this year's whole Idol experience has been lackluster at the very least. The contestants have for the most part been the worst talent that could have been chosen with the exception of the 2 leaders and Michael Lynch who should have been there last night. It's almost like they are downplaying the whole thing and preparing America for the ending of the Idol craze. For the past several years there have been additional Idol shows on the TVGuide channel and those are noticeably gone so it has seemed there has been alot of disinterest in the whole thing from the producers side and the fans of the show are feeling it. If you look back on past years, the wardrobes, the stage, the excitement, everything has been reduced in quality. Is this because Simon is going? I would not let the departure of one person destroy the whole franchise!

    May 19, 2010 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  210. msudawg

    Lets hear suggestions on what Lee should sing in the final- I vote for True Companion by Mark Cohn.

    May 19, 2010 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  211. Kim

    Crystal and Lee all the way. They both have a unique quality about them and it will definitely be those two in the final, if not something is wrong with the fans. I think Lee has an edge over Crystal after last nights performances he was fantastic.

    May 19, 2010 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  212. ill

    not news! dumb bullmess!
    stuff like this shouldn't be on any "news" site...

    May 19, 2010 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  213. Hilary

    Let's go Lee!! I hope Lee goes all the way!! Yes I agree it was the least hometown show! It was very disappointing that way! I think it will be Crystal and Lee and I hope Lee goes all the way 🙂

    May 19, 2010 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  214. Angela

    Damn, I missed Big Mike this week.

    May 19, 2010 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  215. Myrna

    chill out Linda, don't make it something it's not. good grief!
    amen to Alison, you are so right on.
    @ross – you must be in a world all it's own.
    krubby – you need to get your ears checked. notice the rest of the comments and you will see YOU are in the minority!
    Dorothy, you said it perfectly! i couldn't have said it better. 🙂

    no, John, they've always done the home town visits on results night. @pam – they will do the home town visits on tonights show.
    mark, i agree with you and george about picking a good rock song for casey.
    GEEZ randy and kara screwed up bad!!!!! they should be embarassed.

    May 19, 2010 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  216. Jean-Jacques

    Chrystal all the way
    Lee and Chrystal will be the final two.
    Thank God Big Mike is gone.

    May 19, 2010 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  217. Wendy

    After last night show, anyone could take this! They are all talented and could win! It's up to the voters!

    May 19, 2010 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  218. Just A Thought

    @ Karin – I certainly hope they don't! One was enough!

    May 19, 2010 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  219. molly

    Lee is not ready- he is insecure still in this role. Casey is sweet but a star singer, I do not think so. So we have only one that is ready, knows herself, is adult and can really really sing with the top performers.

    May 19, 2010 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  220. cindy skidmore

    Lee and Crystal for the final two for sure...however you will see all the hometown visits tonight. My understanding is that Lee even throws out a first pitch, has a parade and cries at least 5 times.

    May 19, 2010 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  221. Delores Lacy

    Yep, Lee and MamaSox. If not, something's terribly wrong with America.

    May 19, 2010 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  222. Jim

    This is going to be a repeat of last year. Lambert was amazing al season and deserved to win, but that nobody Kris Allen crept up at the last minute and stole it. Same with this year. Crystal has been amazing all season. Lee just became halfway listenable the last two shows and he's going to swoop in and steal it undeservedly. This show hasn't recognized true talent for many seasons. America loves it's mediocre, fluffy pop-stars.

    May 19, 2010 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  223. Pattie

    I think the top two will be Lee and Crystal....for sure. Although Casey is nice to look at I am surprised that he is in the top 3. I would almost bet that Lee will win the whole thing. I wish they both could win because I like them both.

    May 19, 2010 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  224. Chelsey

    i hope LEE wins! and crystal comes in second
    I LOVE LEE!!!!!!!

    May 19, 2010 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  225. Chelsey

    I think casey will be gone and the top two will be lee and crystal. They are the two greatest. I was very surpised when mike got elimanated though.

    May 19, 2010 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  226. Myrna

    thank you, jac – you'd think she'd know that, huh?

    May 19, 2010 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  227. Gina

    I love Crystal! But I hope she's runner up. Why? Because then she will be picked up immediately and can do whatever music she wants instead of having to be tied to idol's winner contract for a year. I think Lee would be better suited for the contract cuz he seems a bit shy.

    May 19, 2010 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  228. Pam Erickson

    I agree about the home town bits – what a let down!! I was looking forward to this week's Idol mainly because of the home town visits.

    May 19, 2010 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  229. danni

    Lee and Crystal and Lee to win....

    Crystal is still annoying to me, she just screams and does the same thing.. its just not working for me.. So lets go LEE!!

    May 19, 2010 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  230. wardlamb

    Crystal is a fantastic performer. Lee is forgettable.Although Simon is his biggest fan his Leonard Cohen cover was a pale version of the Cohen classic!
    Crystal is the IDOL.

    May 19, 2010 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  231. Mark

    I think it will be Crystal and Lee in the finals.

    Song choice played a major role last night. I agree with George above that Casey should have chosen a Southern Rock classic (Midnight Rider, Ramblin Man, etc.) because that would have fit him better. Crystal's choice of "Come to my Window: wasn't bad, I think she was looking for something with a little power. Lee made a nice choice with "Simple Man" however it was painful to listen because he just can't stay in key.

    Now to the judges choices. How ridiculous of a choice was the song Randy and Kara picked for Casey? On a night where he needed to really WOW the audience, they picked a sleeper. He performed it well, however it wasn't a song that would've wow'd anybody. Ellen's "Maybe I'm Amazed" was chosen to let Crystal cut loose on the vocal side which she did well. Simon's choice of "Hallelujah" was a shrewd selection for "his boy".

    It's possible a surprise could be in store in the results show tonight. Last year there was a significant fan swing when it was felt the judges were swooning over Glambert a little to much. It's possible that could happen to Lee tonight, but Casey is probably going home.

    May 19, 2010 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  232. TommyB

    I've liked Lee and Crystal as my top two from the start and will be happy if either wins. Casey should have a good career but he's not as versatile as the other two and has had some bad weeks. Crystal reminds me more of Bonnie Raitt than Janice Joplin. She is just awesomely talented. Lee has already put out a couple of albums. I like "Slumberland" the best. I'm glad he's getting the exposure on Idol to launch a career. He's a great singer/songwriter.

    I just hope whoever wins gets a better produced album than David Cook and Kris Allen did. Seems the runnerups get more artistic license and put out better music. Check out Allison Iraheta.

    May 19, 2010 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  233. krubby

    btw ammie I agree 100% on your comments on lee

    they ahd recaps on the radio this morning, and hearing lee on the radio vs seeing the whole lights, chior, stage thing really emphasized just how much he is okk key, can't carry a note etc. if you take away all the background stuff used to cover up his weak voice you would hear the same i think

    May 19, 2010 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
  234. cathy

    Love Casey ( and I am the cougar age) ...but it's time to go !! Lee was amazing and either of the 2 I(Crystal or Lee) would be happy winning....leaning alittle towards Lee though!

    May 19, 2010 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  235. krubby

    ammie, you say:

    Should be Crystal and Lee, however, we saw last week that Crystal was in the bottom 2 and Casey was not

    We have NO IDEA if Crystal was in the bottom two or not. they never announced who was in the bottom two. They made a point that the results were in no particular order.

    if they were then do you also believe casey was the #1 vote getter since he went to the couches first last week?

    again – it was never announced who the bottom two were. don;t assume it was crystal

    May 19, 2010 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  236. AJS

    It's like Kara & Randy were setting Casey up to lose by choosing that John Mayer song...boring!!! Go Lee!!

    May 19, 2010 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
  237. Lisa

    Is it just me or am I the only one annoyed by the gender-bender song choice for Crystal?? "Maybe I'm a man..." belted out by a hetero woman is just plain STUPID. Yes, the song was great but the lyrics were beyond ridiculous. I think Ellen tanked on her choice (you could see the disapproval on Kara's face!). Clearly Ellen is clueless – or maybe she had an agenda? But Crystal did her best with it.
    Lee was amazing and his version of "Hallelujah" made me cry.

    May 19, 2010 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
  238. KJ

    It is definately going to be down to Lee and Crystal. Casey is good to look at but it is a singing contest and both Lee and Crystal have much better voices. I would be happy with either of them winning, they both deserve it. AND....whoever doesn't win is sure to get a recording contract!

    May 19, 2010 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  239. papadork

    Casey: Made it this far on his looks, not next idol.
    Lee: His style...been there, done that, he's going home.
    Mamasox: Good voice, fresh style, next idol! maybe do something with that nasty hair.

    May 19, 2010 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
  240. beLEEve!

    Lee is da ONE!!

    May 19, 2010 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
  241. Ammie

    Should be Crystal and Lee, however, we saw last week that Crystal was in the bottom 2 and Casey was not. That's just crazy, but there is a contingent of people voting for the person they consider to be "the worst" performer.

    If you listen to Lee's 2nd performance, you hear that he really wasn't that great. The song carried him. Simon was thrilled, but biased since he made the choice. I believe that people get caught up in the moment instead of actually listening with a critical ear.

    May 19, 2010 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
  242. whatever

    I agree with the person that said Casey was thrown to the wolves. It's not that I think he has the potential to win, but the song the judges picked for him didn't provide a "wow' opportunity. It was a nothing song that he performed fine. It was almost as if they wanted to be sure he didn't have a "wow" moment.

    May 19, 2010 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
  243. pamblizzard

    Crystal should become famous, and Lee should become famous and win.

    May 19, 2010 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
  244. leefan

    Lee had over n49000 people show up for his concert in chicago. I was disappointed that they didn't show, but maybe they will tonight. I think that his showing of people was much larger than the other two. Fox news 32 Chicago has all the footage of Lees trip home! Good Luck Lee no matter what happens your gonna be LARGE!!

    May 19, 2010 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  245. purplefan00

    I am sorry, but the final two should be Crystal and Lee. If Casey makes it, I for one will be very upset with American. This is a talent show for your singing ability not because you are cute!! Last night, Lee knocked it out of the ballpark. Crystal was second and Casey was a far third. He is riding on the hope that his cuteness will get him the win. PLEAZ....

    May 19, 2010 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
  246. Jim

    Casey should have been booted 6 weeks ago; absolutely no talent. Sort of a DUH performance wise... don't get me wrong.. good kid but DUH!

    May 19, 2010 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
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  248. Stephen

    Casey was boring. He sings like he has something stuck in his throat and he's singing around it. He's only lasted this long because of VoteForTheWorst.

    Crystal should have changed around the lyrics of her song. A Welsh singer called Jem did a cover of Maybe I'm Amazed for an episode of The OC (search youtube for: jem maybe I'm amazed), changing the words to "Maybe I'm a girl..." and it was beautiful. I couldn't help thinking how much better it was than Crystal's "Maybe I'm a man" version last night.

    And Lee? Lee's just boring. He has no vocal range. He belongs in a Nickelback cover band.

    Siobhan should have stuck around longer. At least she was entertaining. Still, there's been no one this season who actually deserves to be American Idol. The show is dead.

    May 19, 2010 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
  249. MC

    I've heard every version of Halleluja and none compare to the feeling and passion that Lee brought to it. Casey was terrible and Crystal was just okay. Lee should win.

    May 19, 2010 at 7:03 am | Report abuse |
  250. John

    I have been a fan of Crystal and most of the girls since day one. I am shocked that there are even any boys left... but having said that, i think Lee is the hands on favorite to win the whole thing. It was so overwhelmingly obvious that he was the crowd favorite last night. He just has to hope that he didn't peak too soon, or Crystal could steal it back from him next week.

    As for the home visits,... maybe they are doing them on the results show this year, but i am quite certain that in past years they did all that on the performance show and then near the end of their visit they would get the call about their song. I don't remember doing the home visits on two days like this. Makes it seem kind of anticlimactic this way.

    May 19, 2010 at 7:01 am | Report abuse |
  251. Kim

    If you look back over the past two weeks, you can see a difference in Lee. He is happier, more comfortable and seems more like he belongs which I think has helped his performances. I had just mentioned it while he was performing before Simon commented.

    May 19, 2010 at 6:41 am | Report abuse |
  252. Joe

    Lee D is da-man

    May 19, 2010 at 6:17 am | Report abuse |
  253. george

    I would have liked to see Casey sing Midnight rider by the Allman Brother's and Crystal sing Help Me by Joni Mitchell.

    May 19, 2010 at 5:30 am | Report abuse |
  254. bunny

    bowersox the winner and Lee right there close by Casey is not a loser by any means . I mean all the top 10 get contracts .. especially the ones who are worth a darn and Casey is very good . Usually the top 10 are the Golden children , so I have nothing but high hopes for all.

    May 19, 2010 at 3:47 am | Report abuse |
  255. Dan

    It should now be set for the finale that almost everyone was predicting between Lee and Crystal. Casey is ok and will sell some albums, but he isn't at the same level. I thought Crystal would win it for sure, but Lee has improved and is singing in tune most of the time now. As someone with a classically-trained ear his earlier rounds were painfully out-of-tune at times. Simon has also been pushing for Lee to win it all since the top 10 were announced.

    May 19, 2010 at 3:46 am | Report abuse |
  256. barbie

    the only interesting voice is Casey,I will buy his albums,the others are so so.

    May 19, 2010 at 3:36 am | Report abuse |
  257. Cathy from OR

    I think Lee's is gonna' win it!! I look back when he first came on the show and how shy he was, and how much he's grown...that's what an American Idol should be about. And talk about someone whose smile lights up their face!!!!! A beautiful voice, a handsome young man, humble.....guess who gets my vote!!!

    May 19, 2010 at 2:54 am | Report abuse |
  258. gale beagle

    Lee Dewyze- Other than being simons cowells pick to win, he has no personnality, what does he have to offer?

    May 19, 2010 at 2:37 am | Report abuse |
  259. gale beagle

    Other than being simon cowells pick to win, he has no personnality, what does he have to offer?

    May 19, 2010 at 2:31 am | Report abuse |
  260. Karen Raines

    What a WONDERFUL performance!!! Lee you are a true ARTIST!!! My words to you., HALLELUJAH!!!!

    May 19, 2010 at 2:15 am | Report abuse |
  261. Ann B

    I hope Lee wins Idol! He is amazing and such a sweet guy. I love his voice and I am routing for him. Lee DeWyze rocks!!

    May 19, 2010 at 2:14 am | Report abuse |
  262. Sandy

    I bumped into an old episode on American Idol Rewind, and it reinforced that the judges have been every bit as bad as the performers this season. Paula may have been loopy, but she was a million times easier to take than either Kara or Ellen. I think Lee and Crystal will be the final two, and I think Lee will win, at least in part because the judges have decided he walks on water ( I like him, but their reaction was so over the top it was absurd). He was the best tonight, but if I wanted to listen to Hallelujah I'd opt for K.D. Lang or Leonard Cohen.

    May 19, 2010 at 2:10 am | Report abuse |
  263. Brynlynn

    Casey should have been out weeks ago. Sorry *cougars* but when his song is on the radio, I"ll be changing the station. He's just..boring!!
    Since the beginning, I have been a Crystal fan!! A singer has to give me chills and both Crystal and Lee have done so!!
    I'll be buying both of their records when they are released.
    It will definately be interesting who is sent home tomorrow night!!
    You could tell by the panel tonight, who the judges want to stay and who is to be sent home... wonder if the callers will listen!!
    Hope so... adios Casey!!!

    May 19, 2010 at 2:06 am | Report abuse |
  264. Chris Kirkpatrick

    No one will argue that Casey James is an artist...what he does with a guitar is amazing. Unfortunately that crutch has been his undoing because his playing completely upstages his vocal ability. His performance tonight, like many of his performances throughout the season, were solid but didn't move me and were if I may borrow a cleche from Simon him self "forgettable."

    I have been predicting a Crystal Bowersox win for the finale, but I have to say that Lee has consistently proven himself again and again and nothing is written in stone at the moment.

    May 19, 2010 at 2:02 am | Report abuse |
  265. Olivia

    Crystal and Lee are definitively the final two. Casey decided to drop the ball first choosing a narrow toned song and then by being given a narrow toned song as well. With the first song he put himself in a hole and the second did not help a bit to bring him back. My favorite is still Crystal for being consistent all acroos the season ... Lee is shining just in time. Would it be enough? I still believe Crystal will take the first place home.

    May 19, 2010 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
  266. Benny

    Crystal and Lee deserve to be in the finale, but I have a sinking feeling that Casey is going to win this season. He obviously has a strong following of tone-deaf tweens voting for his hair, or he would have been out weeks ago. It's no secret that the music industry has no use whatsoever for this farce anymore, if they ever did, and if Casey does take it the only good that will come is that show will finally be planted firmly down the road to cancellation.

    May 19, 2010 at 1:21 am | Report abuse |


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  268. Erik

    Did you not watch seasons past??? They do not show the home visit until the results show.

    May 19, 2010 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
  269. Victor Li

    I think it is those two musical crushes Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze who will be the Top 2 since they both sing like rock stars. Even though I want Crystal to win, I want to see Crystal and Lee go vocal-to-vocal on becoming this year's "American Idol" next week. And don't criticize my English!

    May 19, 2010 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  270. Roy

    casey can sell all the records he wants...with his own contract, it wont be as winner of AI... he's only this far thanks to vote for the worst, they are focusing on him for one reason..he sux. Two people ever used a ukulele..casey and tiny tim...thats about how far casey will go.

    Least he'll have a better career than that joke taylor hicks.

    face it, Lee has come on strong to win... lee and crystal both have great careers ahead.

    May 19, 2010 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
  271. canadian momma

    Just remember "Momma Sox" just how talented you are .. and just GIVER BABY in the final! If anyone can –you can! You have a musical gut that no-one could train- USE IT !!!!! We have loved all that you have done so far -so give 'er -we're already set to but your first CD : )

    May 19, 2010 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
  272. carmen

    Casey is the whole package. His records will sell . Having said that, Lee isn't marketable and Crystal has an annoying voice. Casey will sell records and will be popular. Go Casey!

    May 19, 2010 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  273. Karin

    This season has been a great disappointment... then again, American Idol will never have another Adam Lambert.

    May 19, 2010 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  274. Joe

    It seems to me that if you are going to be the "American Idol" ... you ought to look like it. With that thought in mind, Casey is the one.

    May 19, 2010 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  275. Mika

    Yep, I want Mamasox to win to, Lee gave it up too. 🙂

    May 18, 2010 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  276. RickyLee

    I think the quality of the top three has sunk to it's lowest point, I mean, is this really the best we have to offer. Is there any originality out there, or are we looking for someone to mold. I don't see any originality in any of these artists. Talented they are, why are the producers looking for the same thing every time. How about someone with a unique sound? someone who sounds like something new, fresh, and someone that you haven't heard a thousand times before. I think the talent or the kind of talent this show needs, should be re visited, we need new artists, not the same old thing rehashed over and over again. Sorry all of you fans, but this is getting old, and unless they start looking for new, different types of artists, this show is going to slowly lose it's tremendous momentum. As for last years winner, who does his PR? Adam Lambert gets more press than..... who was that guy?
    Simon, this guy knows when to hit the trail, as for Ellen Degenerous, she good for a laugh or two, but that's about it. I liked this show a lot, without Simon, they better thing real hard on who they're going to get to replace him. Either they get someone who will draw due to their talent or fame, it's going to cost a lot of money to find someone who will draw people in the way Simon did. Good Luck, I really do hope things move forward and the show continues it's success, but it's not going to be easy.

    May 18, 2010 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  277. Roy

    Tiny TIm won't be in the final 2...tho vote for the worst will sure try hard to mess things up...

    that said...Lee & Crystal in F2...with Lee most likely winning it all.

    May 18, 2010 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  278. idolfan96

    I didn't think anyone could catch Crystal but Lee has done it and he is now my firm favorite, Crystal second, both with careers and I'll buy both their cd's. Love Lee's personality, Casey is vain and has no personality, he has looks for younger girls, but as you get older you learn to differentiate between a ahndsome strong face (Lee) and a handsome weak/vain face (Casey), he's an average singer.
    GO LEE!!!!!

    May 18, 2010 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  279. esB

    A "Cougar for Casey" but feeling like it's gonna be down to Crystal & Lee....and when the music stops, I bet Lee will be without a chair!! These are the top 3 I predicted long time ago, all have talent and marketable.

    May 18, 2010 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  280. Rob - Australia

    CB 2 win.
    Rest are wannabes

    May 18, 2010 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  281. CoffeyCup

    I miss Siobhan. At least could entertain. What a snorefest tonight.

    Did we really need Hallelujah again this season? I can't beleive I'm typing this,but I liked Tim's version better.

    May 18, 2010 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  282. Mike Hott

    Crystal and Casey have the most Star Quality... DeWyze is good but doesn't have the star quality "look"
    Crystal has the most talent, tho...

    May 18, 2010 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  283. bravehart

    @thierry...yes, thank you Simon.

    May 18, 2010 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  284. louise

    I love Casey..I think he is so sweet...granted he may not be great on every song but the he kids got talent and musically he is wonderful....the last few weeks have been great..I like Lee but I think he will be like David Cook and Chris Allen as Simon says "forgetable" Crystal will make a great idol but I wonder if that is what she really wants...Go Casey you will be a great artist...can't wait to buy your first CD!!!!

    May 18, 2010 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  285. ChubbyCrystalFan

    Crystal was great again tonight, but what I can't believe is that Casey is still around.
    He'd decent, but come on: he's not THAT great. For him to still be around says a lot about this season, and perhaps about why Simon has had enough of this show.

    May 18, 2010 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  286. Lee Believer

    Lee's performances were out of the ballpark tonite. He DID own the nite. Go Lee.

    May 18, 2010 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  287. vallary

    Please end this show. I know these kids have worked are and their dreams are coming true. But, really Simmons looks like he is about to throw up. There is something lost in Ellen. She isn't like she was at the being of the show. Enough is Enough. Lets just put this one down in the history book as another show off the air. Maybe FOX would put the money in holding on to 24.

    May 18, 2010 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  288. Thierry

    I will not comment on who gonna be leaving tomorrow. I must agree that the "Cougars' effect" should not be underestimated and Mamasox must get back to her cross that I did not see her wearing for quite sometime. I am afraid it might be too late for her.

    Lee has shown a lot of purity and innocence through his eyes, but also projects a convincing look to confirm his dominance.

    God bless you Lee.

    And thanks Simon for intervening at the right time.

    May 18, 2010 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  289. Anacaona

    but it seems like not a lot of people are voting for Lee tonight. why the line is never busy.

    May 18, 2010 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  290. Cathy

    Top 2 for me: CASEY and LEE

    May 18, 2010 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  291. Shawn

    Lee was awesome, he very much deserves to win.

    May 18, 2010 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  292. mike

    I tell you what crystal has been my girl form day one ..but i gotta tell ya.. lee's the man... he can sing ...he may just win.....

    May 18, 2010 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  293. mike

    I tell you what crystal has been my girl form day one ..but i gotta tell lee's the man... he can sing ...he may just win.....

    May 18, 2010 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  294. bravehart

    I think krubby is crabby...and way off base!

    May 18, 2010 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  295. Jeff

    Tonight was a set-up for the finals. Casey was fed to the wolves with those song selections but has a contract for doing an Erin Clapton remake. The judges made it a horse race with Crystal and Lee and the winner is....

    Best of luck to both of them. Great Artists!

    May 18, 2010 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  296. Rigs

    Lee performs Simple Man better than Shinedown does it....

    All Lee fans you can d/l videos for all his performances at his fan's page at

    May 18, 2010 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  297. Christine

    I don't care either way. This is the worst (and most boring) season of AI since it began...

    May 18, 2010 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  298. mb

    it's time for Crystal Boring-Sox to go home (yawn). Lee is the man!!

    May 18, 2010 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  299. Don't judge me

    I also think Lee and Crystal will be the ones to go toe to toe. Crystal is probably more talented, but I think I'm rooting for Lee. Something about Crystal turns me off...

    May 18, 2010 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  300. J

    Lee's performance was incredible. The judges favor him over Crystal because he's improved a lot more over time than she has - I mean, honestly. She was good when she started, and she's just as good now. Lee's about ten thousand times as good as when he started. Does anyone remember which mentor told Crystal to use that upper register? I like her lower notes a lot better - that higher range stuff sounds a little painful to my ears.

    May 18, 2010 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  301. mushymushroom

    I heart Casey but I think it's time to go now...

    May 18, 2010 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  302. LseeJax

    The local media had much better coverage of the TOP 3 Idols going home than Idol did! Shameful! Mama Sox wins! Casey should be #2–he has way more commerical talent than Lee. I see Casey on the heals of Daughtry, with major band success. Lee won't sell, just like last year's Idol, cute but little commercial appeal. Lambert is cleaning up with success and he should have won in 2009. He gets the last laugh. James and Mama SOX will be winners, too!

    May 18, 2010 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  303. Kara and Randy screwed up Casey's chances

    What a boring song to give Casey as his final performance of the night. Kara and Randy they knew it had been a bad choice once they listened to Lee and Crystal.

    I hope he final is Casey and Lee. I know Crystal is good, but her voice is starting to annoy me. I would never buy her CD. I do see myself buying Casey's or Lee's CD.

    Good luck to the three of them! Let the best performer win!

    May 18, 2010 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  304. mojojo

    @ Kurtis yeah...I noticed that too even earlier in the season when Crystal broke down at the end of her song. The recap showed a more composed ending.

    May 18, 2010 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  305. eb

    MamaSox is great. Lee sounds like other singers, HO HUM. Casey is HOT! and his guitar playing is awesome.



    May 18, 2010 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  306. Rigs

    i agree with Lisa that Crystal singing "maybe I'm a man" was just not

    and here all SEASON the judges are so very critical of the song choice and then they pick out that song for Crystal...Maybe I'm CONFUSED lollllllllll

    May 18, 2010 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  307. Eva Kirklannd

    Ithink Chrystal, will wind up in the " idol finale". She has been the best
    from the beginning

    May 18, 2010 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  308. Charles

    I totally agree with you that Crystal and Lee are our top 2.
    Would be a very exciting final thats for sure.
    I don't see Casey giving either one of them a challenge in the finals,would be a blowout.

    ROCK IT MAMA SOX!!! looked and sounded beautiful tonite.You go girl

    May 18, 2010 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  309. MIchelle

    LEE ROCKS!!!!!!!

    May 18, 2010 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
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  311. oxymomma

    I think the top two should be Crystal and Lee. Either way, I think they both will now have a good career in the music industry. I personally like Crystal as I have found some of her own songs on the internet and she is a very good songwriter as well as singer. Good luck to all of them!

    May 18, 2010 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  312. Pete Ridder

    How the heck did Casey get there? Who paid off WHO?

    May 18, 2010 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  313. Rigs



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  314. Dorothy

    I don't think there is any doubt that it comes down to Crystal & Lee. I have been for Mamasox all season but tonight I think went to Lee. He has really come a long way. His Hallelujah song was wonderful ( but KD Lang blew the song out of the sky when she sang it at the Olympics. ) I think both Mamasox & Lee will have incredibly successful careers if they jump right on them while they both are hot.
    I like Casey but clearly, in my opinion, the other 2 are much better., although I wish Crystal's night was the best...and it wasn't.

    May 18, 2010 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  315. sam

    well considering Casey is likely gone. His followers will likely jump to the Lee wagon. The numbers may be enough. But everyone knows who the real winner is. Like when Daughtry was on the show. Taylor won but was in no way the 'winner'

    May 18, 2010 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  316. Kurtis

    At the end of the show when they do the recap of the they use film from dress rehearsal or something?

    I have DVR and noticed that the finish of Lee's song was different in his "live performance" compared to what they showed on the recap. You can hear it but can also tell in the way his body positioning finishes the addition to the way the backup singers have their hands positioned as the song finishes.

    Can someone confirm this?

    May 18, 2010 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  317. kyfan

    Lee DeWyze did great tonight! He is so cute! Oh, and the author is right about Ryan looking small....I thought the SAME THING! Crystal looked HUGE sitting there next to Ryan.! He must be really short! Anyway, Crystal did okay, but, I'm going for Lee, all the way!

    May 18, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  318. Judi

    Relax, the visits will be aired tomorrow, what the heck else are they going to fill up an hour with? From the looks of it the visits will be just as boring as their singing was tonight.

    May 18, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  319. barbara kirkendall

    Lee All the Way. Lee's "Hallelujah" was awesome. His eyes were sparkling tonight. I believe that Lee will win, I surely hope so.

    May 18, 2010 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  320. krubby

    Lee was terrible once again. a bunch of out of tune notes I gess sung by a pretty boy make them sound better? was nothing but an average at best voice over a chior and lights. yawn. you have to listen to the voice, not the stage set moment. trust me, the pipes are bad.

    my order (easily):

    May 18, 2010 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  321. Rigs

    of course its popularity but this years mostly LOOKS and Crystal doesnt fit the bill

    May 18, 2010 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  322. Ross

    I am really confused. Lee was OK – nothing super – and cystal sucked!

    May 18, 2010 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  323. g

    Lee and Crystal stole the show again!!!!!!! Casey proved again that he can't handle the big stage. if Lee and Crystal aren't in the finale then america will have proved again that Idol is just a popularity contest.

    May 18, 2010 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  324. Rigs

    Casey and Lee in the Finals

    Cougars RULE!!!

    May 18, 2010 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  325. Alison

    Lee rocks. Plain and simple – he took an amazing song and made it phenomenal. "Hallelujah", in whatever incarnation of it you listen to (Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, Jason Castro, Tim Urban – Lee blew them all away. Simon picked the perfect song and Lee, if anything, made it more than perfect. Ellen called it "stunning", and I'd say "stunningly beautiful". Emotion shining through, passion, love, desire all came together in this one moment.

    May 18, 2010 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  326. SmartA$$

    Dont you DARE count out the Cougars and Casey I'm telling you!!!

    The Cougars may SHOCK the WORLD and vote Casey IN and Cyrstal OUT

    May 18, 2010 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  327. Linda

    The judges sounded like they now want Lee to win. Do they think their "former favorite" Crystal has some problem that makes her less marketable? Or maybe they think Lee is more manageable and Crystal is more likely to do her own thing, even if it isn't what Idol wants? I'm really confused by this sudden turn around by the judges. There must be something more than just the performances behind this.

    May 18, 2010 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  328. Alice

    Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" is my most favorite song of all time – I just wish it could be sung in its entirety for once. Lee was very good with it but until you hear KD Lang's version, you are missing something.

    May 18, 2010 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  329. krubby

    crystal rocks. can't wait to see her win this whole thing!

    May 18, 2010 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  330. mk

    Think both Lee and Crystal will go further and have more longevity than last year's final two. Love Crystal and her Joplinesque passion, but think Lee may pull it out in the end. Either way, happy for both and be interested to hear what they put out in the end.

    May 18, 2010 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  331. kazcass

    You rock Crystal 🙂 Can't wait to see all the hometown visits tomorrow.

    May 18, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  332. Kim

    Lee is the man! It will surely be Lee and Crystal.

    May 18, 2010 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  333. Alan McLucas

    Leonard Cohen is the most misinterpretted songwriter in history.

    May 18, 2010 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  334. BAD

    I think you're absolutely right! So does my wife!

    May 18, 2010 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  335. Rachael

    As far as the hometown coverage is concerned – they must have run out of time- because here in Toledo we had several huge rallies, a parade, and a concert. Shame on Fox for making it appear as if these kids had no real fan support back in their hometowns!

    May 18, 2010 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  336. protogere

    Okay I don't know what my post has as a keyword that is killing it, but Lee and Crystal will likely be the final two, I agree with Lisa there. I just don't think Casey cared enough to stay in the game.

    May 18, 2010 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  337. F L

    What they showed were not the full press visits home. They will show that on the results show. This was only to read to them and us what songs each judge picked for them. I agree that the two standing should be Crystal and Lee. I personally hope Lee wins. I thing they are both great but his voice just knocks me out.

    May 18, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  338. mozart4898

    I've heard that hometown visits are usually featured on the results show, not the performance show.

    I agree (unfortunately) about the top 2. I don't want to see Lee there but he was better than Casey tonight, and Casey hasn't done enough this season to get a spot over Lee based on that. Crystal sounded good on both songs although I wish she would have gone with something bigger than her first one.

    May 18, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  339. Erinn

    We always get the majority of the hometown visit footage during the results show. I am pretty sure it was that way last year.

    May 18, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  340. Hey Dude!

    I would love Mamasox to win...but Lee's gettin' better and better. Thus...may the best dude get the crown!

    May 18, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  341. Jac

    hey there.. worth noting that on the Top 3 week, the bulk of the hometown visit is showed during the results show, not the performance show 🙂

    May 18, 2010 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |

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