May 25th, 2010
09:01 PM ET

The 'Idol' Top 2 have a close call

Earlier today I thought for sure I would be declaring Lee DeWyze the winner at this point.

But now I am not so sure.

Crystal "MamaSox" Bowersox seems to have edged him, especially with that last song.

Will the voters embrace shy guy Lee or does MamaSox have it on lock? I can't call it!

I think I better leave right now (couldn't resist that one) but please hang around and discuss. Who is our next "American Idol?"

See who this iReporter that was at the show thinks is going to win by clicking here.


soundoff (231 Responses)
  1. Sammi

    Thank god Crystal didn't win! I wouldn't want the Idol marketing machine controlling my career! She's better off on her own and she WILL be big!

    May 27, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  2. BestCritic

    Just because someone belts all the songs and fools the crowd and judges, doesn't mean they are the best. In all reality I didn't need to watch last night's show because it was so predictable. They both have awesome voices, but "paint shop boy" has more popularity I think.

    May 26, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. The Best Critic

    The judges were overly critical of Lee last night. His first two songs were great, and they probably appeal to more people than Crystal's sound. So Lee got to be the "Kris Allen" this year, because they kept telling him that they are proud of him for making it there and that he deserved to be there. Basically means that they are gushing over Crystal.

    I'm happy for Crystal, but I think Bobby McGee and Black Velvet are not marketable in the pop industry today and her performance for Black Velvet was as predicatable as Randy's comments.

    The judges were way off base on what people like, and that shows in the other webpages that show statistics for who is popular.

    May 26, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. JC

    Didn't watch, but the dial estimator has Lee winning by a substantial amount (well beyond the margin of error). That site is almost never wrong when their predictions are out of that margin.

    May 26, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. MICHELE

    http://www.crystalbowersox.com/ isn't that illegal to have the SONY LOGO on her website??????

    May 26, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bunifa

    Where R&B represten? Yall wrong 4 dat. Big Mike gonna be da wenner.

    May 26, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. michele

    WHYYYYYYYYY does crystal have a SONY logo on her website????????? the winner hasn't even been said yet...isn't this illegal????????

    http://www.crystalbowersox.com/

    May 26, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. BETTER ODDS THAN VEGAS

    ITS ALL OVER BUT THE CRYING....LEE IS YOUR NEXT AMERICAN IDOL...YES DIALIDOL.COM HAS LEE AS THE WINNER BY A LANDSLIDE...12 -7 WITH A ± 3...

    ALMOST 2-1 IN VOTES LEE YOUR AMERICAN IDOL

    FINALLY AMERICA GOT IT RIGHT!

    READ IT AND WEEP RIGHT HERE ---> http://www.dialidol.com/asp/predictions/predictions.asp

    ALL OVER BUT THE CRYING NOW LOL

    May 26, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. VeryHandsome

    Crystal is uglier than a mud fence. You need looks and talent to make it in the business. She needs dental work and a make over not to mention a different face.

    May 26, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  10. mustache

    Crystal is a dog. You need looks and talent to make it.

    May 26, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. sngore

    Oh, wait! The reporter's last name is France. She might as well have been from France, considering how close she was to reality with that blog of hers.

    May 26, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  12. mustache

    Crystal is uglier than a mud fence. In this day and age you need talent and looks, not just one or the other. Lets face it, Crystal is a dog......

    May 26, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. SmartA$$

    WHAT IT COMES DOWN TO IS WOULD I PICTURE THAT BEOTCH OR NOT AS I JACK MY PUD. FOR YELLOW TOOTH SNAGGLEPUSS I WOULD NOT.

    May 26, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. former idol viewer

    This years idol has,,,well,,sucked. The only one who has stood out all year is Crystal. So what does the producers at idol do....only everything they can to keep the guys in it. Now last week Simon gift wrapped Lee's song for him...gift wrapped with a choir and lighting. Then last nite the producers picked the worse song ever (black velvet) for crystal BUT she rose above it and made the most outta of it she could. Crystal nailed all 3 songs but dialidol says it's going to be Lee.
    American Idol you have really really lost it.

    May 26, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Kathi

    They both are very talented, but Crystal lacks a certain ... humility? in her personality that just irritates me. Lee seems genuinely grateful that he is there and has gotten this opportunity. A lot of the things that Crystal says makes it seem like she feels she was owed this. Crystal's voice is also kind of annoying to me. Lee could sing me to sleep.

    May 26, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  16. SmartA$$

    DAYUM WAS JUST WATCHING THE VIDEO AGAIN AND ONE THING I NOTICED BESIDES HER ROTTEN,,, GAPS IN HER TEETH (YOU CAN ACTUALLY DRIVE A TRAIN THROUGH LOL) SMILE,,, IS THAT SHE CLOSES HER EYES WHEN SHE SMILES LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL YOU CANT SEE ANY PART OF HER WHITES IN HER EYES LOLLLLLLLL...LIKE ALL THE SUDDEN SHE HAS THESE BIG HUGE ASIAN EYES LOLLLLLLLLLLL...ALSO WHEN SHE SMILES HER JELLY ROLLS BOUNCE UP AND DOWN MAKING THE STAGE TO REVERBERATE,,, CAUSING RYAN SEACREST TO STUMBLE ABOUT LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

    May 26, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  17. dogs rule

    Angela: "What Crystal does with her hair teeth and her body is her business."
    Not if she puts herself out there for all the world to see, it isn't! IMAGE is IMPORTANT. If she chooses to go toothles, matted and dressed like a ho' then she should stay off the TV. those closeups are frightening! And her "music"....
    Good grief.....................you people!
    Lee's music has a much broader appeal, and he will send this overstuffed hefty back to...wherever.

    May 26, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  18. hannah1

    Angela: She's the one who's put herself out there and forced us to look at her. It IS our business if she chooses to look like a pig. The other girls all tried to look their best before they went on stage for all the world to see and judge. The entertainment business IS about IMAGE, so please stop defending this slob. She is fat, toothless, sloppy and nasty looking, and she should be performing in the subway where it's nice and dark. No excuses.
    And not that many people like her kind of "music", if you can call it that – the "roadside saloon" style. Lee has a much broader appeal, and should win easily.
    Good grief...........you people.

    May 26, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  19. HR

    The real winner will be America – with Simon gone this ho-hum show will fall into oblivion. Ellen will not be watching the girls panties, Randy will not be Dog pitching, Kara will be ho-hum and with no Simon – byebye Idol – remember you read it here – by the way Bowersox was the winnwe in week one – all the rest has been BS

    May 26, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  20. slotman

    Personally for me, William Young singing I Better Leave Right Now was the best performer of the night. I have been watching that song from last night over and over again. He came from Britain's version of AI and he truly showed he had talent. That aside, the both got my vote with a few extra for Lee. It seems the judges were fanning over Crystal so most voters will vote Lee.

    May 26, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  21. allen

    Unfortuanately, its an easy outcome to predict. Lee will win. I agree that Chrystal is better, had a far better night- but the facts are, Lee comes from a huge city, so you can bet he'll prosper from the home town cooking. Also throw in the fact the majority of Idol viewers are female, at this point most of those teeny boppers are probably more inclined to vote for Lee over another female. They pretty much split votes between Lee and Casey, I would imagine the fans behind Casey will mostly now swoon to Lee. Lee will win, C-sox will have a better career.

    May 26, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  22. CAROLINE

    CHRYSTAL DESERVES TO WIN. HOWEVER, GIRL TEENY BOPPERS SHRILL AND MOON OVER GUY SINGERS AND WILL VOTE FOR LEE.. POPULARITY RATHER THAN TALENT.

    May 26, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  23. Jeff

    If Lee wins I will stop watching. The dude is absolutely nothing special. Crystal is amazingly talented and no doubt more talented than he is, but with little teenage girls texting round the clock, Lee will win. This is the reason American Idol is going down hill and it is a shame. Lee is an ok guy but talentless im sorry to say. Crystal should win but she won't because she's not a showboat.

    May 26, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  24. Michael

    Sadly, I feel like this season of Idol will be going out in the footsteps of recent series finales for 24, Lost, and L&O...with a wimper. This season has felt off somehow – I don't know if it was Ellen, Simon not caring anymore, or a lackluster group of contestants. I want Lee to win, but I really just want this season to end. http://www.thesmogger.com/2010/05/26/idol-hangover-the-finale-part-i/

    May 26, 2010 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  25. B

    Crystal deserves to win. Will she? Probably not. But she truly deserves it. And I will buy her singles and albums, no matter what the outcome is tonight.

    May 26, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  26. arlee

    After watching the show last night I think Crystal evened the playing field and it now is a toss up to see who wins. Will either one make it in the music business? Singing is only one third of the key elements, The music and the words to relay the message are also important, and we haven't seen that yet. Just the singing part. So we are really judging this contest on 1/3 of their true potential and that is not enough to say if they succeed or not within the industry. If you judge your music by looks as some of you have, you are missing out on some great music. Of course I'm at the age where you didn't judge your music by the video you could put out, and looks were not important as the meesage that you can convey. You have to admit that both can sing, but it is the person that finds the other 2/3 of the pieces is the one that will fufill their dreams.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  27. IS

    Stop talking about someone being overweight. All you do is perpetuate the self-image issues girls have with themselves that lead to eating disorders.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  28. Jessica Utrecht

    I think Crystal is going to win and she would love to take care of her son . I dont think Lee is not going to win.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  29. Seattle Base

    Crystal will win if folks voted for the complete package. Lee will win if its a popularity contest.

    I wish we could see the real vote tally. Do people really vote 100+ times for their A.I. singer??

    May 26, 2010 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  30. Karen

    Crystal is just a cheap version of (take your pick) Melissa Etheridge/Joss Stone. And she's nowhere near as good as either of them. She's also nowhere near as good as she thinks she is, which is my biggest problem with her. She needs to develop an original style, and stop pretending to be original. It only fools the kids, it doesn't fool anyone over 20.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Frank rizzo

      I am over 40 and she must have magic spell cause she fooled me ,, she is awesome

      May 26, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Tina

      I'm with Frank, only I'm 55. Crystal reminds me of Janis Joplin, Grace Slick, Joni Mitchell and other female artists from "back in the day." I miss the type of artist whose performances focus on their talent and not costumes, special effects, and sensory overload that I've seen from some of the "professional" performers I've seen on Idol this year and last year. Makes one wonder if those people really have any talent at all when they have to rely on special effect to keep the audience interested.

      May 26, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • allen

      Develop an original style? As if withthe thousands of musicians that have come down the path- there is anything that hasn't ever been done? Come on. Everyone sounds like SOMEBODY. Chrystal is who she is. Talented singer.

      May 26, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  31. CW

    Crystal has a better voice. Lee seems like a nice guy but I voted for Crystal.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  32. jk

    Lee's voice: great, but dime a dozen. Generic. I'll forget it in a year and won't be able to pick it out from a group of artists. Crystal's is fresh, new, beautiful, and unlike any pop artist's today. She's a true artist and the songs she has written are amazing! Check out "Sandman" if you have a moment.
    This choice is quite clear.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  33. Darryl T.

    besides, it's not all about one nights performance, its about the entire season. lee did well the entire season and was mediocre last night but still has outshined crystal all year long. remember david cook couldnt hold archuleta's jock in the finale but he still won?

    May 26, 2010 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • krubby

      Lee outshone Crystal all season??? HUH? I will say the last few weeks (prior to last night) Lee has looked good, but to some degree that was I think the effect of Lee being average most of the season and then having a few good weeks (which BTW I don't even think were that good).

      BUT even if we do give Lee the last few weeks prior to last night, your overall season argument works against Lee, not for him. Crystal has been amazing all season year with her only 'bad' weeks coming the last few and even then she was still head and sholders above everyone anyway.

      Lee consistant all season? do we need to be reminded of the bag pipe performance? or any of his other terrible ones up to the last few weeks?

      anyway – regardless crystal killed him last night. she is much better IMO and should win. Now wil she? doubt it – too many shallow superficial folks that vote for the cute guy

      May 26, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  34. MC

    I think they're both talented and deserve to be in the final two, and Crystal way outperformed Lee last night. However, I believe Crystal will have record producers knocking on her door whether she comes in first or second and Lee would need the win to get the extra push into stardom. I hope Lee wins for those reasons, but either way I'm going to enjoy the finale. I hope they sing a duet again.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  35. me

    they need to kiss when the winner is announced...on the lips...for 5 minutes...then announce they are getting married. Wouldnt THAT make for great tv? :)

    May 26, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  36. Darryl T.

    lee wins hands down. he is the better talent. crystal is good too but runs her mouth too much and isnt funny. should know when to keep quiet and listen to the judges instead of thinking of comebacks.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  37. Josh

    She "edged" him?

    May 26, 2010 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  38. Nick

    Your blog is terrible.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  39. D

    Very disappointed with AI for screwing the songs for Lee shame on you! As for Crystal she may have rocked it, but her voice is sooo annoying and please god NO!!! we dont need another janis joplin.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
    • krubby

      last week when Lee got the comments that Simon gift wrapped a song for him, the response from Lee fans was "oh, but it was LEE that had full control on the presentation of it – the lighting, the chior singers (which he hides behiond way too much btw) – in other words it was not simon at all but Lee's awesomeness (ya right...)

      fast forward to this week – same thing, AI picks a song and Lee butchers it ( god it was awful). But now it is AI's fault??? ya right

      great song choice then it is because of lee, bad one it is because of AI? can't have it both ways.

      crystal rocks, she deserves to win

      May 26, 2010 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  40. Bob

    Crystal blew the doors off Lee's wagon last night. Of course they were both nervous as any of us would be singing in front of 7,000 people live with so much on the line. Its a shame Lee could not overcome his nerves. I was a big fan of big mike and thought he should have been in the finale. Crystal definitely deserves the win tonight if america gets it right.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  41. Bob

    sort hard not to call this one for Mamasox ... she rocks!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  42. deargodno

    can somebody please punch me square in the face?? i'm having trouble believing that i'm living in a reality where lee dewyze is a finalist on the nation's premier talent show

    May 26, 2010 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  43. Debra

    Well..I just wonder how Crystal ever got where she is! She does screech when she sings a lot of her songs. Lee should win! Siobhan has an amazing voice and should have been in the finale! She was the best!

    May 26, 2010 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  44. No horse in this race

    coming from someone who doesn't care much for american idol, i would have to say crystal blew lee out of the water last night. i was forced to watch american idol last night since i was fixing some stuff around the house and my wife was watching it. she was pulling for lee but she agreed with me that crystal's performances were far superior to lee's. crystal's voice and stage presence made me feel the songs she was singing. lee on the other hand was horrible. he was all robotic up on stage and looked unemotional and disinterested. i don't know if it was because he nervous or what but he was pretty bad. on sheer talent alone, crystal should be the winner. if lee wins, it's nothing but a popularity contest and would render american idol irrelevant. actually, american idol has been irrelevant since day one since it HAS been nothing more than a popularity contest and the most talented never win. i don't see how the judges don't pick who moves on and who leaves since they are the entertainment industry experts. most of the voters are just mindless sheep who vote for garbage such as that tim urban guy.

    May 26, 2010 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
    • MC

      Coming from someone who doesn't watch the show, you sure have a lot to say about it. How do you even know who Tim Urban is if last night was the first night you saw it? Moron.

      May 26, 2010 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • mc cant read

      MC – where did he ever say he does not watch it or that this was the first time he had ever seen it? he said he was FORCED to watch it. Learn to read

      May 26, 2010 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  45. kurius

    Crystal is great. Her teeth are fixable and her plump is too. She got guts man! She smiles a full smile and will be a great face beaming and a great artist singing. She has risen to the current status because America has voted for her accepting her charm and artistry. AND SHE ACCEPTS HERSELF WITH PRIDE.
    I think people that criticize her hygiene are mired in their own stink. The technology has not advanced enough to smell people from the TV screen yet. Crystal is a daring and fantastic artist. Lee is great and right next after Crystal

    May 26, 2010 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  46. Eric

    Yes, Crystal out-sung Lee last night. But, I've got a terrible truth for you – Crystal Bowersox = Taylor in heels. Taylor is less talented, but they both have the same, limited commercial appeal.

    I also have to tell you that I don't know why they gushed over "Me & Bobby McGee" – it was a note for note cover of Janis Joplin. Well-sing, but not original. At least Lee changed up "The Boxer" a little.

    May 26, 2010 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  47. Chuck

    what language is he singing in?

    May 26, 2010 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Joyce

      i couldn't understand any words Lee was singing last night. It was all muddled.

      May 26, 2010 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  48. Joyce

    I always thought Lee would win but I think Crystal blew him out of the water last night.

    May 26, 2010 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  49. bravehart

    They both have phenomenal original material. My husband and I cannot wait to hear both of their new albums. We support them both. I just hope whoever wins does not follow the Idol path of obscurity once they win...and that the runner up succeeds as well.

    May 26, 2010 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  50. Bored

    Wow, that was the most boring, uninteresting American Idol final I have evers seen. The only reason I watched was because I was waiing for DWTS to start. It's time to pulll the plug on American Idol.

    May 26, 2010 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  51. Russ

    Crystal is talented, but most of her songs sound like the original artist, who is generally Joplin. Is Joplin relevant today, I will leave that up to you, but if I want Joplin, I will buy Joplin. Lee has a unique voice that is very soulful when he has the right song. I see more possibilities for him than Crystal. Now, if they were to become an act together, it would make them ten times more marketable as well as better. I don't feel I have to buy either of their albums now, but if they got together I probably would.

    May 26, 2010 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  52. Opa

    Crystal was by far the best especially in the last song which was beautiful. Lee looked like a lightweight last night and Crystal appeared to be a seasoned artist. If America votes for the most talented then Crystal should win.

    May 26, 2010 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  53. CASEY'S VOTES TO TO LEE . . .

    Does it really matter what happened last night? No. It all comes down to where #3 positioned Casey's votes will go. And it's a no brainer that they will go to Lee, who will be victorious tonght as Season 9's winner.

    May 26, 2010 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  54. Frank Rizzo

    To me Crystal's soulful delivery provides me freedom from the mechanical world , politics , religion , hate and stress .
    She is what the music industry has been missing for a long time.

    May 26, 2010 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  55. PMar

    I think Lee and Crystal are both very talented, and I was happy they made it to the final. I definitely think Crystal has a stronger voice and better stage presence, and she demonstrated that last night. However, in the long run, Crystal's probably better off NOT winning.

    May 26, 2010 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  56. peachy

    When Daughtry was on the show, I told my students that I hoped he did not win as Idol doesn't do well turning their winners into stars. He didn't win and he is a great star today. The only real star who has won on Idol is Underwood, and their management couldn't destroy her.
    Now I read on here that Crystal is losing big time to Lee and I can't feel too sad. Crystal is 100 times the artist that Lee is and hopefully she will have a great career. I know that I will buy her albums.
    I am sitting here looking at the terms below this box and I see that the discussion is supposed to be curteous. That is not a term I would use to describe the momma's boy who wrote so many diatribes in the above discussion. Why is there no way to delete that sort of disgusting trash?

    May 26, 2010 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  57. Mainehunter

    Siobhan is the real American Idol of season 9. Talent. Looks. End of story. American Idol sucks.

    May 26, 2010 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  58. dcamp

    Lee got screwed with song choices by Fuller and that last piece of crap. Obviously, the promoters have their choice.

    Although, both are very talented. I'd like Mama better if she'd get that stud off her face!

    May 26, 2010 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Rupert

      I agree! The judges always talk about picking songs that are more energetic and will get the crowd on their feet ... however he got songs picked that are slow and boring. If Lee doesn't win, we can blame it on whoever picked his songs.

      May 26, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  59. Tammi

    Yea we need another boring white guy to win like last year. Boring Chris won last year and what has he done in a year. Adam has a hot single. Crystal should win but probably won't but will have the better career. She is the real thing.

    May 26, 2010 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  60. protogere

    I thought I liked the layout of this new blog arena, but there is not even a means to report users who are vile and disgusting.
    Thanks for the play by play over the past several months Lisa, but I'm done reading here for any of the entertainment blogs.

    May 26, 2010 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  61. Gary

    I guess I am getting too old for this stuff. I guess to be a star you have to dress like a bum. First we have Simon who is making millions and wears jeans and a tee shirt. Wow how can he afford such fancy clothes. Then we have Lee who wears a sport coat and jeans, has a crummy looking beard, never combs his hair, can't tuck in his shirt and leaves his tie loose. Crystal well the hair, the tatoos and on and on. These folks will soon be millionaires and yet when they perform in front of the peolpe who will make them rich they take no pride in their appearance.

    May 26, 2010 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Doug

      Easy there, Gary... Didn't anyone ever teach you not to judge a book by it's cover? Why would anyone want to spend $2000 on an outfit that looks uncomfortable, when they can spend $200 and get the whole package and be comfy and relaxed. You sound a little too uptight. Glad I don't work for you, and I pity anyone who does if you are a business owner.

      Not that there is anything wrong with taking pride in your appearance, but you seem to be a little too caught up in that.

      May 26, 2010 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      Lee is amazing, he had the best "moments" this season. If I have to listen to Crystals voice much longer or watch her sing anymore, I think I will rip my hair out. I dont think she is as original as some seem to think she is because she is just a cheap rip off of some of the old feminist 90's singers that were just that, singers back in the day... She should head back to the subway and sing for dimes.

      May 26, 2010 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  62. Becky

    I really thought Crystal out did Lee last night. Lee had some pitch problems, maybe nerves but his lack of smiles are not good. Crystal lights up the stage and audience. When performing isn't that what you do for the people who came to see you. I have seen Lee grow more since the beginning and that is great Crystal was great to begin and stayed with it and grew more. The comments on Crystal and her look are very rude. Look back on the past famous singers in our time. Maybe America does go too much on looks. So basically what some are saying is if you are not good looking and you have talent forget it all. That is wrong. I wish both luck tonight. And Simon will be missed. I hope the new judge will keep the show going.

    May 26, 2010 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
  63. CW

    Crystal should win. Lee seems like a nice guy but Crystal as a better voice.

    May 26, 2010 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
  64. Kim Cuong

    Lee will win even with somewhat not perfect in gesture if the audiences could hear and since Simon was lying in his eyes

    May 26, 2010 at 6:54 am | Report abuse |
  65. hannah1

    Crystal SUCKS. Hopefully she will go back to the subway stop she crawled out of after tonight.
    People who WANT to be in the public eye SHOULD care about their appearance. This screecher has never seen a dentist or a comb!

    May 26, 2010 at 6:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      How ashamed of yourself do you have to be to say that about someone you don't even know. I don't understand why everyone is so negative and cynical towards everything in life! Lighten up and focus on your flaws rather than others.

      May 26, 2010 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Brett

      Although some of your comment is a bit harsh, I agree that Crystal isn't all that good. Even though Lee doesn't have the cleanest vocal I can hear him on the radio, while Crystal can be heard at a subway station. My problem with Crystal is that she sounds like a weak copy of Janis Joplin or Tracey Chapman.

      May 26, 2010 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Penny

      People that cut down Crystal can't say that much derogatory about her singing. They know she is a better singer than Lee so they resort to personal looks degradation. These are just childish and small minded statements.

      May 26, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  66. dogs rule

    Everyone voting for Smellysox must truly like looking at trashy people. Screech, screech, screech all season. I could listen to Lee all day. People who want to be "OUT THERE" in the public eye really SHOULD care about their appearance!

    May 26, 2010 at 6:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Tim from Toledo

      Boy – what an ignoramus you are.....
      Have you ever seen Mick Jagger? Woody Allen? Bob Marley? Janis Joplin? Mama Cass? Talent comes in all sorts of shapes, sizes, genders, and social backgrounds. Who cares if she doesn't meet your ridiculous standards of how a star should look? You are truly pathetic.
      Anyone that watched that show last night and actually listened to the two singers would know that Crystal Bowersox completely outperformed Lee DeWyze. She was by far the most consistent performer over the entire season, and if she does not win, then American Idol has once again chosen the wrong person.

      May 26, 2010 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
  67. Gary

    Everyone who is saying that looks should not matter, your right they should not, but unfortunately when you are in the public eye, It takes more than just talent to make it. I think some of the best singers I have heard have been backup singers, But instead there standing behind a half clad Britney Spears lookalike. Image counts and Crystal should have tried to "clean" up at least once during the season.

    And I completely Understand the person below me's analogy. While Crystal has A wonderful Folksy voice, she has one tone and I don't think she could ever be a mainstream hit. Lee is more "generically commercial" and that is what sells more albums. IMAGE DOES COUNT!

    May 26, 2010 at 5:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      Everyone "thinks" she couldn't be a mainstream hit because she is different and not like the average Joe. No one can assume she couldn't make it/sell records because she is unique and not a model. Reading all these comments make me sick and goes to show how superficial our country really is. Everyone seems to agree that Crystal is better and more talented but still want Lee to win bc he is "hot". Way to go America...

      May 26, 2010 at 6:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Tim from Toledo

      Wow – obviously you never listened to the Rolling Stones....Mick Jagger is one of the ugliest people to ever walk the planet – and one of the most successful singers of all time. You want a "top 40" face and voice – you don't want a true artist and exceptional talent. I could name artist after artist that was not good looking.....what a shame that so many people are voting based on appearance. Truly a sad, materialistic and vein world we live in. You should all be ashamed of yourselves.

      May 26, 2010 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
  68. Jana

    I think Lee will win this hands down. I have loved Lee from the start, but give props to Crystal as she did outshine Lee tonight, But I believe most people have there winner picked before the singing ever started tonight. Crystal has a very unique voice, but I also think that's here downfall. Lee is like pizza, everyone loves a good slice, whereas Crystal is live Caviar.. It's an acquired taste. But either way they both Made it to the big show and should be proud. (Although Im biased, Lee is my hometown boy and needs to bring it home).

    May 26, 2010 at 5:28 am | Report abuse |
  69. norwood

    I didn't even think it was a contest. There is Crystal and then there is a great void and then you let Lee on stage. Lee is boring just like Kris Allen. God, even the Ford ads that Kris does makes you fall asleep. Lee probably has the tween vote though and I expect him to win. Idol has a history of letting the most talented walk away with out the crown.

    May 26, 2010 at 3:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Denny

      Crystal is easily the winner, that other guy just can't sing...here's how I judge an artist; i ask myself if i would pay $150 to see Lee in Las Vegas? NO WAY, Crystal? YES

      May 26, 2010 at 4:30 am | Report abuse |
  70. AEvangelista

    Siobhan Magnus rules! Siobhan was the greatest discovery this season.

    May 26, 2010 at 3:05 am | Report abuse |
    • scotty p

      this show sucks ass... and i'm a musician. it's the mcdonalds of music, so enjoy your big mac and your seacrest... i miss real musicians like we had in the 70's.... and yes i was born in the 80's.

      May 26, 2010 at 3:25 am | Report abuse |
  71. crisp.c.note

    Simon has been extra grumpy this season, like some old guy in Brooklyn who's been thinking his whole life while grumping around......"and now I'll retire in Florida."

    And alll of us down in Mi-am-i walking around like don johnson and tubbs look alikes say "D*mn, man, why don't you move your grump *ss back up north and grump around with the grump fools up there"

    Will you at least stop grumpin' at Lee and Crystal, and let the people decide?

    and don't even think of retiring in Miami.

    May 26, 2010 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
  72. Jim

    You think you better leave right now ?? Don't you mean right "MEOW" ??? I am still laughing hours later that Crystal pulled off the "MEOW" GAME in front of millions of people – CRYSTAL ROCKS !!!!!

    May 26, 2010 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
  73. Crystal Sucks

    Crystal sucks big time She has gaps in her teeth you could drive a semi through lol...Her teeth should be called the Lincoln Tunnel lol

    May 26, 2010 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
    • dorkposter

      what a dumb comment that is – every singer needs to be drop dead beautiful. what a loser you are. go f yourself

      May 26, 2010 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
    • krubby

      Wow – here is someone with diabetes that impacts her health including her teeth and you can do nothing but make dun of her? how shallow? do you walk behind people in wheelchairs and mock them too? Do you laugh at folks with other issues that causes them not to be 100% dead on cute?
      you must lead a shallow shallow life, and I bet you are no prize to look at either.
      For me I would rahter have a world where not everyone has to be a size 4 cupcake beauty – how boring.
      I can't get past your mocking osmeone for a health condition. you must be a swell guy and so proud of yourself.

      May 26, 2010 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
    • teri

      Madonna has gaps in her teeth.......that really hurt her appeal

      May 26, 2010 at 2:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Denny

      YEAH, what a dumb comment that is

      May 26, 2010 at 4:33 am | Report abuse |
    • warren ross

      ISNT IT FUNNY HOW ALL THE A HOLES COME TO THE TOP WHEN THEY HAVE NOTHING TO SAY.

      May 26, 2010 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
    • YOOOOOOOOO YOOOOOOOOOO STUPID

      MADONNAS TEETH NATURALLY HAVE GAPS AND NOT FROM FALLING OUT FROM ROTTING YA MORONS

      May 26, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  74. eddy

    Listen – – – Lee's songs were just not good!! He was given by the producer a song that is sure fire sank Lee . . . what is this, sank Lee since Simon picked him to win . . . a going-away present by Simon Fuller to Simon Cowell for leaving the show!! Crystal was amazing, but with those songs, she can't lose. Given equal powerful songs, Lee could have ridden it all the way to the top!!!!!!!!

    May 26, 2010 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Brett

      I agree – who would pick "Beautiful Day" or "Everybody Hurts" for Lee? Niether of those songs are in his wheel house! Both my wife and I thought it was a set up for failure.

      May 26, 2010 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
  75. Jeff

    OK, so this season of Idol was just so-so.
    But from the very start one contestant stood out and remained –
    that being Crystal. This girl is amazing.
    I would love to see her win this,
    but even if she gets second place
    there's a whole world of fans in her future
    ready for more.

    May 26, 2010 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
  76. Lil

    Crystal Bowersox will be the winner tomorrow. Lee is good, but he's been obviously and mysteriously "propped up" by Simon for the last month while simultaneously knocking Crystal down a peg or two. I take issue with Simon's jabs at Crystal saying her performances for the past month weren't worthy. Since when have we seen a bad performance by Crystal ever? She's been flawless or near flawless 99 percent of the time. My guess is that the show's producers wanted to have a stand-off between Crystal and Lee instead of Crystal and Casey for whatever reason. Lee is not more talented than Casey, he just made better song selections than Casey most of the time. Crystal's voice, range, and scope of talent is worlds beyond Lee and I'm sure tomorrow's votes will reflect that. No offense Lee!

    May 26, 2010 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  77. ATL Loves Good Music!

    I will buy Crystal's music no matter what the outcome...can wait for her CD!!!!! Lee sounds good sometimes but I dont see him remaining popular beyond 90 days, tops. Crystal is a true ARTIST !!!! Creative, versatile, comfortable in her own skin...GENUINE ARTIST, Yes Crystal is!!!! and SmartA$$, you fat, blind, $%^^&^ SHUT UP!!

    May 26, 2010 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
  78. Kati Anderson

    Lee sounded good tonight, but compared to Crystal, there is no comparison. I would buy her album and I know many people who agree with me. Her third song was amazing, it was just great. The fact that she does all of this as a Type 1 diabetic is extraordinary. I am also a Type 1 diabetic, and stress is the number one thing to make my blood sugar plummet, so I give her props for hanging in there the way she does. Go Mamasox !

    May 26, 2010 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
  79. harry

    The real question is not who will be the next American Idol, but who is the next great American singer songwriter who will make an everlasting mark in the world of music, commentary, poetry, motherhood, and social justice. Trophies go to winners, not always the best.

    May 26, 2010 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Brett

      Right on – the one problem...you will never get a person that meets that description from American Idol. Crystal will tour this summer with all of the others doing overly-produced group sing-a-longs - yeah thats a real game changer for the industry. American Idol is not about producing a shift in the music scene. Could you ever see Kurt Cobain doing Amercian Idol – please!!!!!! Tis show is for cookiecutter stars – and yes, while Crystal is a bit different within the context of the show she is not different – Janis Joplin was a breakout game changer – somene who emulates her is just a copy. Sorry

      May 26, 2010 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  80. JM

    Yeah, Dial Idol, which has been predicting very well for years, have Lee winning this one in a runaway... I feel as if the final night of performances rarely means anything. It seems like it's never a game changer, with the better performer the past few seasons finishing runner up after doing so well the night before. Oh well. We shall see...

    May 26, 2010 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
  81. HandsomeVry

    Dear All,
    Now that SmartA$$ had a tantrum and "left the building", we can have a serious conversation. You should watch Crystal singing at age 13 in YouTube.She's incredible. Lee also has a wonderful voice and style. Although I voted for Mama Sox, any one of them is good for me. The most important part is that – no matter what – both of them are going to be successful (and they deserve it)

    May 26, 2010 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  82. Frankk S

    No vote splitting this week. Crystal you knocked millions of sox off tonight. Congratulations from me and the boys!

    May 26, 2010 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  83. Sarah D

    Both of these artists are good in their own right. They have worked hard and long to be where they are tonight. Both are winners no matter what the out come. I do have a personal preference (Lee) but that does not diminish the value of the other (crystal) because they both have the talent. I wish you both the best and believe that in a true since you are both winners!!!

    May 26, 2010 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  84. SmartA$$

    3RD GRADE JUST LET OUT...IM OUT OF HERE LATER FOOLS HAVE FUN WITH THE A$$HATS LOLLLLLLLLLLL

    May 25, 2010 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • SmartA$$

      YA I AM SO COOL. FOUR HOURS OF SITTING HERE POSTING DUMB COMMENTS AND WORKING ALL OF YOU UP. CAN I CONTROL ALL OF YOU MORONS OR WHAT! BEST FOUR HOURS I HAVE EVER SPENT IN MY MOM'S BASEMENT

      May 26, 2010 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
    • HandsomeVry

      SmartA$$, Please come back!!! I already miss you. My offer still stands. Don't be so cruel, sweetie.

      May 26, 2010 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
    • pandurz

      time for you to sign off

      May 26, 2010 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  85. SORTA

    I thought both were good tonight. I will be voting for Lee – have to support the hometown guy. Besides, I really didn't like Crystals rendition of Bobby McGee. IMHO, only one person can sing that song and she is dead ... Janis Joplin

    May 25, 2010 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Saddend

      People like you are exactly what's wrong with the American Idol voting system. How about voting for the person that performed the best? If the American election were to be held and someone from your town was a candidate, would you vote for said candidate, regardless of wht he/she stood for, and which party they represented?

      May 26, 2010 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
  86. Wayne

    Great show tonight. Lee seemed nervous and I think that tended to effect his edge or performance.
    Crystal's one heck of the real thing!!! She has a real talent and she appears to be a blessed person.
    Rich in talent and she delivered the goods tonight. Without a doubt. She sings with great pitch and feel and makes it her own. She is a natural talent. Original in scope and delivery. She knocked them out tonight. A true champ. Lee is a really terrific singer and I wish him well. I would say Crystal deserves it as she has earned it.. Bless them.

    Wayne

    Musician & songwriter

    May 25, 2010 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
  87. SmartA$$

    I would rather wack off to an average voice yet hot britney or christina than see this ugly toothed rat head no matter how good her voice is. Put on some hot chic and pass the vasoline, time for smarta$$ to have a date with my left hand

    May 25, 2010 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • mb

      EEWWWW YOUR GROSS !!!

      May 25, 2010 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • HandsomeVry

      SmartA$$, You sound smart, funny and cute (your gender is not an issue) Are you available? I want to be your boyfriend

      May 25, 2010 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • SmartA$$

      HOW JUVENILE YA MORON...IF YOU'RE GONNA CLONE ME YA IDIOT USE CAPS FOOL...NOW GO WACKOFF 3RD GRADER LOLLLLLLLLLLLL

      May 25, 2010 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • SmartA$$

      3RD GRADE JUST LET OUT...IM OUT OF HERE LATER FOOLS

      May 25, 2010 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • SmartA$$

      GOTTA GO CAUSE THRID GRADE JUST LET OUT MEANING TIME FOR ME TO GO TRY TO PICK UP SOME YOUNG BOYS

      May 26, 2010 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
    • HandsomeVry

      SmartA$$, Are you a lefty? Why don't you use both hands? What is "vasOline"? Are you talking about KY? Thank you for your serious and truthful answers

      May 26, 2010 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
    • pandurz

      OMG!! Again, time to sign off !!!!!!!!!

      May 26, 2010 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
    • David E.

      Hey SmartA$$, your left hand is probably the only date you've ever had. Enjoy it but be sure to clean up after yourself.

      May 26, 2010 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Disgusted

      Could someone stuff this guy's mouth with some actual pieces of sh!t that he figuratively spews from his mouth?

      May 26, 2010 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Tim from Toledo

      Something tells me you spend a lot of time whacking off.......I doubt you have ever even come close to getting the real thing. Your posts scream "frustrated virgin"...

      May 26, 2010 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Brett

      Obviously none of the above has ever written on a message board before – – its called a "troll" and he/she got all of you!

      May 26, 2010 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
  88. Tamara

    Chrystal is nothing more than a busker. That is all she is good at. No more – no less. Leave it at that. Those types of performers are a dime a dozen.

    May 25, 2010 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      Negative people like you who have no true talent so they have to bag on those who do are also a dime a dozen!

      May 27, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      But that's ok. Your'e an idiot. It's not your fault.

      May 27, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  89. Shiny happy people

    @smartA comments: Mean people suck!

    May 25, 2010 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • SmartA$$

      SHINY HAPPY PEOPLE??? YOU JUST WANT TO RUN OFF THE ROAD JUST FOR THE FUN OF IT THEN BLOG IT ON YOUTUBE FOR 5 MILLION VIEWS LOL

      May 25, 2010 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  90. michelle

    It's really sad that Americans can hear true talent. Crystal is SO much better than Lee that it's laughable. And she is cute, how dare anybody say she isn't!

    May 25, 2010 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • mb

      SHE ISN'T CUTE AT ALL

      May 25, 2010 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Melanie

      Incurable case of the FUGLIES!!!!!

      May 25, 2010 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • SmartA$$

      CUTE??? ARE YA BLIND? SHE'S MISSING TEETH AND SHE'S 50 POUNDS OVERWEIGHT...HER HAIR'S A MESS...SHE DEFINITELY NEEDS A MAJOR MAKEOVER AND A DENTIST...THEN A DIETICIAN...WHEN KELLY CLARKSON WAS ON AI SHE WAS YOUNG AND BEAUTIFUL...NOW DAYS SHE LOOKS LIKE OPRAHS TWIN..CAN YOU SEE CRYSTAL IN 8 YEARS? IM SURE I DONT WANT TO LOL

      May 25, 2010 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  91. mamasox!!!

    Its heart breaking that all the predictions say lee will win.. I want crystal to win! She knows herself and has so much talent. Lee is great but has to grow a little more. She needs a break and I hope she gets it! Their are so many young girls 2 nite voting 4 lee though that, I am afraid he might take it home.

    May 25, 2010 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Nancy Scholar

    Lee has a fabulous voice!!! I surely hope he is the WINNER! IN my opinion, Crystal screams her songs - not good at all!!!!

    May 25, 2010 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Mark

    SMARTA$$, you are a DUMBA$$ moron.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • SmartA$$

      "you are a DUMBA$$ moron" <<<<<<----NEED I SAY ANYMORE LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

      YOU PROVED MY CASE WITHOUT ME HAVING TO SAY ANYTHING LOL

      May 25, 2010 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • EnglishHierarchy

      Mark, you didnt pass 3rd grade English eh? lol

      May 25, 2010 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Head Diva In Charge

    I kind of felt like it was no contest – Crystal. Lee is a bad knock off of Pearl Jam, he is NOT that good. I think the judges pushed him all season just because they figure he will do what they say, & they can make the most money from him, but the issue is, he should not have even been in the top 10. Tim Urban was at least fun to watch, this guy is like a dead fish on stage. Good luck Crystal!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dude

      yep so right...they see lee as clay they can ply and make him sing and do what ever they want. they can put him in the simon machine and get something they can sell. whereas crystal is head strong, knows what she wants and can now do this ALL on her own. She doesn't need Simon and his stupid song machine now. Plus Lee is a dime a dozen singer...we heard him in David Cook and Chris...time for a new type of sound. Crystal has that sound. Hope she pummels the crud out of that whimpy, droopy dog, sad sack. He can barely command a paint customer let alone command a stage. Step aside....artist is in the house...

      May 25, 2010 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • EnglishIsAnIdiot

      You cut on his english yet don't even use proper english or puncuation yorself/ what an f'ing idiot you are

      May 25, 2010 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brett

      Hey Dude – an artist? Go to NYC and hand out at the subway for a bit – Crystals are a dime a dozen! Neither of these contestants are unique! Crystal is just more different than the average person on Idol! LOL - I bet you think Nickelback was game changer in the industry!

      May 26, 2010 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Dude

      Brett response – Very much agree with you on NYC dime a dozen comment. However, those folks are still on a subway platform, stairwell, or coffee house, and that chick is where she is. I do think regardless of the outcome she'll be laughing all the way to the bank. Where as we will still be commenting on a loser blog. As for Dinkleback, Soundback, Nicklewaste.....what are they called? Ah yes Nickleback. Hate them.

      May 26, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Old Man

    Sound check technician and whomever handled the sound board should join the unemployment line tomorrow.. horrible... definitely drowned out all of lee's performance.. his nerves didn't help.. but at least we could hear Crystal

    May 25, 2010 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank S

      You are correct I thought Lee's performance tonight was dreadful. If you didn't know the lyrics you were lost. I thought that was Lee's fault , not a technician's error.

      May 26, 2010 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
  96. Debi

    I'm voting for Lee, yes, Crystal did do great tonight, I just don't think she will be able to handle the non-stop road career Idol expects from the winner.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  97. BETTER ODDS THAN VEGAS

    RIGHT NOW LEE HAS 17K VOTES CRYSTAL 11K

    May 25, 2010 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • wiilyboy

      Where did you get those vote totals from? Dialidol shows more votes for crystal than lee.

      May 25, 2010 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • BETTER ODDS THAN VEGAS

      IM LOOKING AT IDOLLIVE NOW AND THEY'RE SAYING NOW LEE 15K CRYSTAL 9K

      May 25, 2010 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr. Wonderful

      i dont get how idollive voting works they show less votes than one hour ago

      May 25, 2010 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • pandurz

      @willyboy ~ Obviously you've been on the wrong site as Lee's been the front runner since the voting began tonight & still is.

      May 26, 2010 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  98. Susie Couvillion

    Crystal deserves to win, although I think Lee has really undergone a positive transformation this season. He has come out of his shell and opened up onstage, but as an interesting, unique performer, Crystal outshines Lee.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  99. mb

    My vote goes to Lee simply because he's super hot. An yes I am that shallow.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • ld

      mb: You are the most honest person on here. I really think Crystal will win. Last year I was at the final show, and it was AWESOME. I really don't feel the excitement like last year!! Last year was just so exciting, with Adam and Kris, The show was great with Kiss, Queen, and everyone else, it was so great that my Wife and I got to be there in person. I just don't feel it this year.....

      May 26, 2010 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  100. eb

    Crystal blew me away! I will buy her music. All her performances were good, but the last one was AweSome!!!
    America get it right, Crystal deserves to win.
    Last years winner fell into a black hole. I don't remember what he did or what his name is??? Adam blew me away, he is really good.
    CRYSTAL! MAMA SOX is the real winner.
    eb

    May 25, 2010 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  101. Ellis Island

    No contest tonight....Crystal won all 3 rounds. Go MamaSox!!!!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  102. Booyah

    I've really enjoyed both performers this season. Although Crystal really showed that she should win, I think the tweens will vote Lee the winner. I'm okay either way as I'll be buying Crystal's music and I think we'll be hearing her long after Lee isn't around. But I wish them both the best!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  103. Jenna

    I'm voting for Lee. If Crystal wins, I won't be mad, because I like them both this year.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  104. wiilyboy

    Well, I just blew thru my 200 text message limit. All for Crystal. Lee just didn't have it tonight. I hope Crystal wins, but with the number of votes(i'm predicting more than 50 million) it's gonna be close--

    May 25, 2010 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  105. Katie

    What the HECK was up with that awful, whiny R.E.M. song they gave Lee?? That's an awful song and there's not a whole lot you can do with it. I think he did the best he could, but sheesh. Why do they let Simon Fuller pick a song? I seem to recall from past seasons too, that his choices are horrible.

    I would love, LOVE to hear Lee sing 3 Doors Down "Here Without You." He would knock that one out of the park. I don't know who to vote for this year. I actually like them both for different reasons and would buy both of their albums. I don't understand the first single though. Did they pick that themselves? Or did someone else pick that for them?

    May 25, 2010 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kim

      Honestly, I think he picks the worst thing he can think of for the performer he doesn't want to win. I wish Lee had of picked a different song for his personal choice. Maybe they didn't like it since Simon C was predicting Lee would win.

      May 25, 2010 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  106. krubby

    The fact that crystal doesn't fit into some size 4 perfect teeth, perfect body perfect everything is exactly what I like about her and want to vote for her, not the opposite. The world has plenty of pretty faces with no talent – if you want that go buy a Jessica Simpson album and knock yourself out.

    beuaty can be found beyond looking at just the exterior of a person and beyond the 10% of the world that is drop dead cute.

    May 25, 2010 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ricky

      I agree. But even more than that, I really think Crystal is quite beautiful. Not everyone likes skinny, crack addict looking girls.

      Oh and on talent and tonites performance it's not even close. Crystal wiped the stage with Lee. Come on America, VOTE FOR CRYSTAL. Get it right this year.

      May 25, 2010 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  107. lynj

    Crystal is the winner, whatever the numbers say... a voice that is sheer power–and a chutzpah that I really admire–she would be an important voice for women–you go Crystal!

    May 25, 2010 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  108. Marie Alicia

    When it comes down to looks, Lee obviously takes home the prize. But when it comes down to who has the better voice and talent, Crystal is truly in a league of her own. Will the American audience vote for the cuter artist or the more talented one? That is the question. Having said all that, I've enjoyed both of them peform throughout the season and I wish them the best.

    May 25, 2010 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mel

      Lee's OK, but when I read people talking about his looks, and then MamaSox and what they tout as her shortcomings in the looks department ... I just think "OK, Lee resmbles the main character in the cult film Eraserhead." See for yourself:
      http://www.askdrding.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/08/eraserhead-full.jpg

      May 25, 2010 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Molly

      Ya'll just wait to hear Crystals ORIGINAL songs and you will know she is the true American Idol 2010. Look up Grey Haired Rockstar, Holy Toledo, and others. As for the dreads.... they are beautiful and clean.

      May 26, 2010 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  109. Pat

    Crystal definitey was the best tonight. She was the only one on this season with natural talent. She can sing anything and make it her own. It wouldn't hurt Lee to smile once in a while either. Crystal has my vote!

    May 25, 2010 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • mayang

      I agree with you 100%. She is very talented girl. I love all the songs she sung tonight especially the last rendetion. Gives me goosebumps. She will be the next American Idol........... go Crystal!!!!!

      May 25, 2010 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  110. Meliss R

    I think they are both great. Lee definately was the most improved of the season and Crystal already sounds like a star! Unfortunately, the sound system with Lee sounded messed up; could barely hear him. I had to cast my vote for him. However, I plan on buying both their CD's if the music industry markets them right and doesn't try to make them some pop star puppet with no soul.

    May 25, 2010 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  111. kazcass

    YEA Crystal- – you rocked tonight :) Wait......you have rocked all season long! You deserve to win.
    As for the people saying mean comments about her teeth...........get a life. How shallow can you be? It is a medical condition which can't be helped.
    As for her hair. It's what defines Crystal. She has kept true to herself and who she is as an artist. She hasn't lost sight of that. It's what makes her as well as her wonderful talented voice stand out :)

    May 25, 2010 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  112. Arthur

    Lee didn't hit the top mark tonight but I blame the song choices and probably pressure brought on not just by the bigger venue tonight but also by having gone home last week and witnessed the incredible home crowds – I expected more from Lee and that will cost him if the vote is decided purely on the final three performances.

    May 25, 2010 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  113. Betty

    Listen to this CD by Lee DeWyze from YouTube. Singing: Annabelle. Wish he had sung this tonight.

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PLl3yPMfnw&w=640&h=390]

    May 25, 2010 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pat

      I did, and it sounds like he has marbles in his mouth!

      May 25, 2010 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marie Alicia

      I really like the sound of that link Betty. Thanks for posting it.

      May 25, 2010 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • peggy

      WOW ! Lee's Cd is GREAT! But I voted for Crystal. The top 10 were the best I have seen on Idol. They will make it in music.

      May 25, 2010 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ricky

      Are you kidding me????? He's even off key in a recording?? For crying out loud. That is a situation where you can try until you get it right and he's STILL off key.

      How can America be getting this so WRONG??

      Vote for the one who is the better singer, artist, musician and in my mind, regardless of what anyone says, is very beautiful. CRYSTAL BOWERSOX!!!

      May 25, 2010 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • mayang

      Are you kidding me??????? i did listen to it and i was disappointed bcoz he is trying so hard. If you listen to it again, sounds like he is gasping for air............. what's wrong with your ears?????

      May 26, 2010 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
    • last call

      That is a great song, but sorry, I agree he's off key. Same with a lot of his songs,
      it leaves me wanting something better. Crystal never disappoints.
      She has an awesome vocal range and never misses a note, even the most subtle tones.
      CRYSTAL IS A WAAAAAY BETTER VOCALIST!

      May 26, 2010 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
    • TSR

      Great tune. Those criticizing it have no ear for music at all. Off key? No, you just have no clue what you are talking about. I hear echoes of Ben Harper and even some John Mayer-like phrasings in that tune. Those losers who don't like this are beyond help. They listen to Justin Bieber and think that crap is great music, for cryin' out loud. Thanks for posting the link! I'll buy that CD.

      May 26, 2010 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Lubiana

      YOu are so right! He should have sung some of his songs off Slumberland. I bet he would have done MUCH better, although I did like the REM song.

      May 26, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    • DJD

      Seriously, You claim, the people that say this is bad do not know what they are saying? OH my! It is not great...and I like Lee. I think with some help and coaching he will be off to a bright career.

      Peggy (i think it was), this must be your first year watching Idol if you honestly think this is the best group all together. Sadly Lee and Crystal were actually the only two that were good. Aaron was ok. Otherwise, it was pretty bad.

      All in all this season is a bust and no wonder Simon is out. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Ellen but she is not a fit on this show at all. She makes silly jokes that are out of place and she gives lil costructive criticism, just echoing Randy about 90%of the time. Randy has been UNDERWHELMED the whole season (proof of the talent this year) and Kara well she should stick to song writing.

      That said Bowersox totally won the show after last night!

      May 26, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  114. Kim

    The reality is i am not sure Crystal will be able to sell to a wide enough audience. More importantly, can she handle life on the road with health issues, such a close relationship to her family, and a baby boy in tow?

    May 25, 2010 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • krubby

      How come anytime a man has a kid it doesn't matter if he has a career too but god forbid if a woman does

      if crystal is the better contestant she should win, end of story – should not be based on if the can take lee into a studio, ut together some sounds the same as everything album and peddle it to 14 year olds. at least not in my opinon

      May 25, 2010 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Molly

      Kim, you're an idiot. Brett Michaels name ring a bell? And no other artist out there is a parent? She'll sell more recordings than any of the other contestants. She is true raw talent.

      May 26, 2010 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  115. Dixie Hale

    I think Lee should be the next American Idol. Crystal has a nice voice but will not be marketable with her type of songs.

    May 25, 2010 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  116. meme

    I think Lee should win it. He has a much better voice . I'm sorry but I think Crystal SCREAMS most of her songs. Lee has a nice sound that I could listen too. Between the 2 I would buy Lees CD's or pay to see him. I wouldn't do either of Crystals Sorry.

    May 25, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  117. Michelel

    Crystal has a great unique sound, I think she will be a hit even if she doesn't win, here is a great site that searches the Idol websites for the latest news... http://www.winneridol.com enjoy

    May 25, 2010 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  118. David

    I've loved Crystal as a musician since I heard her early on. And Lee will be just fine regardless. But the sound for tonight's final was amatuer at best . Horrible sound board work tonight – until the very last song the backup singers and musicians drowned out the contestants. Especially Lee. and If Idol picked the U2 song for Lee then shame on them. not his natural element at all in my opinion. Of course how the vote goes is wide open – how many times did it seem obvious who the winner would be only to be scratching our head on results night.

    May 25, 2010 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tina

      I totally agree about the sound Tuesday night! My husband does tech work at a fine arts center and he agreed with me. The contestant vocals were nearly drowned out by the instrumental and back up singers. What's up with that? We're talking about the finals, for crying out loud!!

      I did think that Crystal out-sang Lee. We love both of them and hope they both have great careers.

      May 26, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  119. Paul

    Crystal killed it tonight. I don't think the final night really matters at this point, but Lee was all nerves and milktoast. Crystal had nerves but she put her soul into it.

    May 25, 2010 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  120. SmartA$$

    DAMN 1ST THING SNAGGLETOOTH HAS TO DO NOW IS FIX THEM TEETH THEN GO ON A DIET AND DROP 50 POUNDS...THAT SMILE IS SO UGLY...

    May 25, 2010 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • SmartA$$

      AND GET THAT HAIR FIXED AND WASH DAILY...ITS A RATS NEST

      May 25, 2010 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • krubby

      wow – she has dental issues caused by medical issues and all you can do is make fun of her? Do you mock folks in wheelchairs or folks with other issues too. what a lack of class. I guess for you the idol has to be a perfect size 4 cookie cutter pretty girl 'eh?

      Life is full of people with a lot more beauty inside than a cute smile and a tight rear. how shallow u must be

      May 25, 2010 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • SmartA$$

      SHE HAS BAD TEETH CUS OF POOR HYGIENE YA MORON...SHE'S 50 POUND OVER WEIGHT CUS SHE DOESNT HAVE A PROPER DIET AND SHE DONT WASH HER HAIR CUS SHE'S A PIG....

      May 25, 2010 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • SmartA$$

      IF ON THE OUTSIDE PEOPLE CAN SEE POOR HYGEINE AND PERSONAL CARE YOU CAN IMAGINE WHAT THE SMELL IS UNDERNEATH UGH!!!!!!!

      May 25, 2010 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pat

      well at least she does smile, not like Lee...afraid to open his mouth. And your are a nasty person inside, wonder if the outside matches.

      May 25, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • SmartA$$

      PAT...YOU'RE AN IDIOT TO US ALL...WE HOPE YOU DONT BREED LOL

      May 25, 2010 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kim

      Your "name" says it all. And what if she needs to loose weight and teeth aren't perfect. she can sing. But just for the record this old chick voted for Lee.

      May 25, 2010 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • ricky

      You know, I'd like to argue with you but I remember what my mother always said: "Never argue with an idiot, they just drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience."

      You my friend are an idiot.

      May 25, 2010 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Russ

      I have said all along that she needs to have her teeth fixed and to lose 20 pounds. The dreds don't work for me either. They look matted and dirty. She does those things, she will be very pleasant looking. I don't care about the causes for her teeth being bad. It is about image and she needs to fix it.

      May 26, 2010 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Angela

      What Crystal does with her hair teeth and her body is her business. It is not up to anyone else so get over it. You either like her music or you don't. The rest of it doesn't have a thing to do with her talent.

      May 26, 2010 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Gatorlaw

      Hey SmartA$$!
      You are not smart! Crystal is a diabetic dummy and I am sure you are completely unaware of the medical impact that has on a person or you would not have clearly displayed your ignorance–you probably need to lose 100 pounds! You sure do need to grow a brain!

      May 26, 2010 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      SmartA$$,
      I apologize, I do not remember you on the stage during the entire season, which one were you?

      May 26, 2010 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Hell

      I wonder what you look like..............sometimes you gotta look in the mirror........

      May 26, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  121. krubby

    Wow. both are great people and the best two by far of the season BUT then between the two is there ANY doubt after last night? Crystal ROCKS and deserves to win.

    I know Lee is great guy, cute etc but if you just put that aside and listen to him sing it just isn't that great. It is OK, but American Idol best – really honestly no. 1st snong was a bore, second not great and he got completely lost in Beautiful day. talk about a song going on and on

    Now crystal – I won't lie she has been my fav since the beginning. BUT tonight she proved to me why. her 1st was good, not wow but better than Lee. 2nd I was blown away and the thrid a masterpiece.

    I hope them both the best but if you look at tonight and at the WHOLE season is there any doubt? a few good nights and a softball song last week with chior singers all around does not make an idol in Lee.

    Go Crystal!

    May 25, 2010 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  122. Barbara J. Elliott

    All season long all we have heard is how bad AI is this season. I think the one major problems is that most people won't recognize a true talent if it fell on top of them. I love Lee to pieces and with the right song, he is great, but tonite Crystal just totally blew him away. For the last couple of weeks, Lee has been getting the great songs, well tonite Crystal finally got her turn and she hit it out of the park! If you listen to each one of her songs this year, the clarity of her signing and is so true it broght tears to my eyes. I think Crystal is one of the great talents to come out of AI any year. Lee will probably win, but if those so called musical expertsl actually listen, CRYSTAL IS THE GREATEST!

    May 25, 2010 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lubiana

      I have to agree. I was wanting Lee to win but Crystal killed him. She deserves the win.

      May 26, 2010 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  123. sammie

    Crystal may have sounded good on the last song, but let's face it that song will never be a contemporary top 40 hit. Poor Lee was stuck singing a boring REM song and a cover of a U2 song. As if he won't unfairly be compared to Bono.

    May 25, 2010 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • rob

      Lee made a mistake choosing Beautiful Day...you simply don't cover Bono.

      May 26, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  124. tamta

    Lee all the way!!!!!

    May 25, 2010 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  125. Rachel

    I'm from Minnesota as well and I was able to view the whole thing. I agree, Crystal was phenomenal and she most certainly has my vote. I don't know if Lee was nervous, but this was definitely not one of his better nights. He always sounds ok, but none of the songs he performed really sold it for me.

    May 25, 2010 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  126. Kathy

    Crystal destroyed Lee tonight. She makes her hometown very proud. Will she ultimately win? I don't know, but she has a bright future ahead of her.

    May 25, 2010 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  127. I..swear

    Crystal won't last in this bussiness. She is not Marketable. she might have it okay for 2-3 months then it will all go down hill for her, sad to say but its the unfornatue truth.

    May 25, 2010 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kathy

      Sure she is. She's just not representative of the bubblegum pop we're usually subjected to, and thank God for that.

      May 25, 2010 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      No career?? Did you think the same for Janice Joplin, whom mamasox has an uncanny resemblance to?

      May 25, 2010 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Judi

      LOL Brian, you think Janis Joplin could be successful today? It's a different time, my friend. I think Crystal should win just based on the performances tonight, but I don't think Lee or Crystal will be very successful in the long run.

      May 25, 2010 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      I have worked in the music industry for over 6 years. Crystal Bowersox will undoubtedly have a much better career than Lee Dewyze will. They are both talented, but Crystal definitely out-performed Lee during last nights final. Lee has a great current pop-rock sound while Crystal's sound is more reminiscent of the late 60s and 70s. But despite Lee being more current, he is also more generic. Crystal is more unique and won't blend into the masses the way Lee will. It's just like last year. Kris Allen was more current, but he has flopped, just like David Cook before him. The ones who are unique tend to do well in this industry. People like Crystal, like Adam Lambert the year before, do well because they don't blend in and get lost.

      May 26, 2010 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • JK

      Kris who? David who? We do not need another generic voice! Crystal is new and different. I remember Adam Lambert, I will remember Crystal. Lee has a nice voice, I won't deny it. But it's time for a change already and her vocals are fantastic. Mamasox for the win!

      May 26, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • DJS

      Oh come on! If you listened to those 2 voices on the radio you would immediately turn off Lee, and almost stop when hearing Crystal's voice and wonder who that is becasue its so good. Lee has no vocal range. It showed last night.

      May 26, 2010 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Mimi

      Lee's type of singing is a dime a dozen these days. Rough, dry throat sound out of the side of his mouth. He wouldn't get that many votes if it weren't for the girls that think he's cute. Crystal has a one of a kind voice going for her and she doesn't need the teens and tweens votes because she has enough of the mature crowd that appreciates her tone and style for what it is. Real singing!

      May 26, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marc

      Jewel...Melissa Etheridge...Sheryl Crow...Alanis Morrissette.

      I guess they're not marketable and won't make it either.

      May 26, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  128. Bai Bo

    both were nervous but Crystal got over it. I apparently can't vote 'cause I live in China. But i'm with Crystal. And Thank you for letting me know as soon as possible about the finale from your blog. We can't watch the live here!!
    I'm huge Idol fan!!!

    May 25, 2010 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  129. Karen

    WOW – I was blown away by Crystal's last song – what a gift she has. I love Lee, too but my heart and vote goes to Crystal. I look forward to following her career(and Lee's).

    May 25, 2010 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  130. Brian

    Don't know who will end up with the most votes, but Mamasox was twice as good a performer and will certainly get my vote.

    May 25, 2010 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phyl

      Crystal does not have what it takes to be an "American Idol". She may do OK on the fringe music scene, but never in the main stream. She just doesn't have the personality.

      May 26, 2010 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe O'Hara

      Crystal is the more talented of the two and she proved it last night.

      May 26, 2010 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Alicia

      I agree with Phyl on this. Crystal will probably win, but the fact of the matter is she's a lot like Taylor Hicks and Fantasia Burino. She's just not "it" for the music you hear on the radio. Lee has the voice teen girls can see themselves playing in their cars...in their rooms...in the shower. It simply is the kind of sound we play on the radio and what makes the charts.

      She's good..but really, Lee is going to be more sucessful (win or lose, I gave him roughly 200 of my votes).
      They will both have albums out, no matter what. You heard Lee, this is what he wants to do whether he wins or loses. He's going it happen. He's good, and I don't foresee him having issues.
      I'm content with this season, and I'll be happy with however it turns out :)

      May 26, 2010 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Michael B

      dialidol.com has lee winning

      May 26, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • willi

      They are both very good ! I think Chrystal was a little better last night but i think lee has been better over the entire series. Either one could take their music as far as they would like to. I'm sure they will have the chance . My vote was for Lee, I like his style.

      May 26, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • eddy

      Crystal rocked last night, but Lee rocked last week, so, both of them deserve to win. So if Lee wins, I don't consider it unfair.

      May 26, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  131. Kristen Granly

    Hi, I am from Minnesota and American Idol was suppose to start at 7 p.m. and it's now 8 p.m. and the FOX station is not airing it. Which i think its very unfair for the fans here in Minnesota for voting!!

    May 25, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bonnie Whitaker

      I am sorry you missed the show last night. Crystal totally rocked. Crystal is unique while Lee is very ordinary. He is more commercial, but his sound is a dime a dozen IMHO. Crystal will have a long career if she wants it; Lee will not. To the "smarta$$" poster, looks are not everything. Karen Carpenter was not a beauty, but she could sing the hell out of any song put before her. Crystal is not a beauty either, but who cares? She has staying power and versatility. When you listen to the radio, you don't see the person singing. Sometimes, I wish music videos never existed. It has changed the music world and made it more like the acting world. And that, is a real shame.

      May 26, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Karin

      Kristen, Where in Minnesota do you live? I watched AI on Fox at 7 pm last night. I'm in Minneapolis.

      May 26, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shannon

      Kristen,
      I too watched it and I'm from MN. What is your local Fox station?

      May 26, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • BETTER ODDS THAN VEGAS

      ITS ALL OVER BUT THE CRYING....LEE IS YOUR NEXT AMERICAN IDOL...YES DIALIDOL.COM HAS LEE AS THE WINNER BY A LANDSLIDE...12 -7 WITH A ± 3...

      ALMOST 2-1 IN VOTES LEE YOUR AMERICAN IDOL

      FINALLY AMERICA GOT IT RIGHT!

      READ IT AND WEEP RIGHT HERE -> http://www.dialidol.com/asp/predictions/predictions.asp

      ALL OVER BUT THE CRYING NOW LOL

      May 26, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |

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