May 26th, 2010
08:05 PM ET
SPOILER ALERT!!! Tonight's blog entry will reveal the winner of "American Idol." Don't read any further if you don't want to know the results. Join HLN's "Showbiz Tonight" at 11 a.m. EST Thursday for a special live edition devoted to the finale.
10:02 p.m. – After the nationwide vote the winner of "American Idol" 2010 is ...
10:01 p.m. – We are running a little late, but here comes the official envelope.
9:53 p.m. –Ahhh, it was not to be.
I was hoping Janet and Paula would do some moves from "What Have You Done for Me Lately" or any of the other videos Paula choreographed.
Oh well. Seacrest reminds us that we are here for MamaSox and Lee. Almost forgot about them for a minute.
They sing a duet, "With a Little Help From My Friends", and I really do like them performing together.
And no, I am not surprised when Joe Cocker shows up. Lee looks like he is in heaven. Joe has still got it.
9:49 p.m. – OK, the show just started as far as I am concerned!
Ms. Jackson in a body suit with a stage full of back-up dancers working "Nasty Boys."
That's what I'm talking about! And I bet I know who is going to join her on stage ...
9:45 p.m. – Wait, the contestants are singing a Janet Jackson song – "Again."
Janet Jackson is in the house rocking her new, fabu short hair cut and singing her single "Nothing."
Color me stunned.
9:39 p.m. – Simon takes to the stage to offer a few words of thanks.
He's clearly emotional, and he gets a heart-felt and deserved standing ovation from the crowd.
Well done mate!
9:36 p.m.– Oh hells yeah!!!
Past "Idol" winners Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia, Kris Allen, Jordin Sparks, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks plus a bunch of the former contestants are back to sing "Together We Are One" as Paula sits on Simon's lap.
9:30 p.m. – So Ms. Paula is now into stand-up it seems.
She's got some jokey jokes. I think she is having some trouble with the cue cards though. She lets Simon know that the show will go on without him.
Look how young he was that first season! Nice retrospective of Simon over the years set to Sinatra's "My Way."
I miss him already.
9:28 p.m. –Paula looks lovely and well-rested.
I used to love some of the crazy that poured out of her mouth, and I really do miss her dynamic with Simon. You could feel the genuine affection.
And here she is live!
9:20 p.m. – Just what we needed to see. Simon feeling himself up and then in the bed with Randy.
Wait, I spoke too soon.
The General is back to perform "Pants on the Ground" complete with a new track and some back-up dancers. And just when you thought it couldn't get any worse, William Hung joins him for a duet.
There are no words.
9:15 p.m. –Why didn't it occur to me that they would hook Lee up with the band Chicago?
I mean really, isn't that just how the night is going?
They sing a medley of hits, and I loved Chicago back in the day, but with Lee they make me feel sleepy.
I just had a flashback to Adam last year with KISS. Curse you Lambert for ruining me for all future finales!!!
And was that Lori Loughlin from "Full House?" How fitting.
9:07 p.m. – Howdy cutie Casey James.
I don't know a single dude who plays guitar who doesn't play "Every Rose Has Its Thorn."
OMG! It's Bret Michaels!!!
He looks pretty darn good!!!
Way to come back from an almost fatal brain hemorrhage. First "Celebrity Apprentice" and then rocking out on the "Idol" stage. The audience is going nuts!
9:05 p.m. – Lee and MamaSox get new, custom designed 2011 cars.
Yay for them!
9:02 p.m. –Seacrest says it's hard to believe that it's been five years since Carrie Underwood was crowned "Idol" champ.
Heck, it feels like five years since this show started!
Carrie sings "Undo It," and she works it.
I have always loved her. Simon totally called it when he predicted that she would become one of "Idol's" biggest stars.
This chick is the bizness, no doubt. Sorry folks, but there isn't anyone this season who can carry her water.
8:54 p.m. – MamaSox sings "Ironic," and guess who hits the stage?
Yup. Alanis Morrissette.
Way to clean up the lyrics of "You Oughta Know." Alanis looked and sounded pretty good though.
I swear this is starting to feel like the most completely random "Idol" finale I have ever seen.
8:47 p.m. – OMG.
OK, I think I am starting to get it. The theme is "songs from before the contestants were born."
The guys sing Hall & Oates tunes including "I Can't Go For That" and "ManEater."
Sidenote: Tim Urban still can't sing.
Back to our regularly scheduled blogging, this choreography is hard to watch.
And there's Hall & Oates to sing "You Make My Dreams Come True."
Wow. Just Wow. Don't get me wrong, I love all of these artists and their songs, but I really didn't think this was the "Idol" demographic.
8:42 p.m. – Ricky Gervais offers Cowell some love.
Wonder how the bit played with "Idol" fans, 'cause British humor can come across as cruel. I thought it was hilarious!
8:35 p.m. – The ladies come out to sing "Beautiful" (some of them rather badly), and I think this is our cue that someone younger than the age of 50 is soon to hit the stage.
Then they launch into "Stronger," and I think "If Paige had sung like that before, she would have gotten so much further."
Before you can say "Genie in a Bottle," Christina Aguilera is there to sing "You Lost Me."
Is it me or is the sound off in the Nokia? XTina has an incredible voice, but I am not totally hearing it tonight even though she appears to be singing her heart out with all of the riffs and runs.
Hmmm. Like most of this season, something just seems off.
8:30 p.m. – This finale has officially messed me up.
Dane Cook performs a diddy I guess is called "Simon Says," which sets some of his insults to music.
They trot out some of the worst of the auditioners, and I think the producers have lost control of one who pulls a "Kanye" rambling how he is going to replace Simon. You can tell by the way they swing the camera and quickly go to commercial that this is not going the way it was planned.
Someone please save us.
8:26 p.m. – Back from break, there is "Big Mike" Lynche looking fine in a black suit singing the Doobie Brothers hit "Taking It to the Streets."
I think I know where this is going.
Why yes, yes it is Michael McDonald joining "Big Mike" on stage. Now I love me some Michael McDonald, who now somewhat resembles the Colonel from KFC, but I don't at all get this line up of performers.
8:18 p.m. – Hey Paula!
She's back for a video piece which treats us to some of the great Cowell quips. Cute.
Then Siobhan Magnus and Aaron Kelly start to sing "How Deep Is Your Love" before they turn the song over to...
The Bee Gees! Really?!?!?
Are these artists Simon loves and/or has worked with?
8:16 p.m. – Playing spot the "celebs" in the audience. There's Bo Bice, Nick Cannon and I think that was Kimberly Caldwelll.
8:12 p.m. – Oops, some technical difficulties when Kris Allen appears on stage and the first seconds of his song we hear what sounds like Seacrest talking to the stage manager.
Kris looks adorable and sounds great. I wish we could have his season back. *SIGH*
8:05 p.m. – OK, now the school outfits make sense as the Top 12 take to the stage to sing "School's Out" along with Alice Cooper and a choir of kids in Cooper make-up.
Orianthi is killing on the guitar, but Cooper's voice has seen better days.
What a strange way to open the show.
8:02 p.m. – Mercy, are those private school outfits Lee and MamaSox are wearing?
Seacrest says that coming into the finals, less than 2 percent separated the pair. I wonder if they will actually announce how many votes were cast.
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