May 19th, 2010
09:06 PM ET
Come on 'Idol' Top 2!
SPOILER ALERT!!! Tonight's blog entry will reveal the contestant being sent home from "American Idol." Don't read any further if you don't want to know the results.
9:55 p.m.– That was completely anti-climatic.
Seacrest lets us know that joining Lee will be ....
The delivery was kind of strange, and she even has to ask: "Am I safe?"
You are MamaSox.
Casey sings us off and grabs an adorable child from the audience as he warbles "Daughters."
Peace out Cutie Casey.
9:53 p.m. – Dim the lights, and here we go.
Lee is looking somewhat confident for once. And he should as the first person in the finale is ...
Lee. No shocker there.
9:46 p.m. – Bieber fever hits "Idol!"
He sings "You Smile" and "Baby," and it looks like to me he can barely reach the microphone. Cue the tweens, their sisters and mamas singing along.
Twitter is probably blowing up right now!
I half expect to see Seacrest in the front row screaming. He loves him some Bieber.
I can't even front. I've got a mild touch of the Bieber fever. His songs are so durn infectious that I can't help myself.
When he jumps on the drums, I sound like how my grandma did back in the day at Whitestone Baptist Church when I yell out "Go head do your song baby!"
I am so gonna get joked by my co-workers tomorrow.
9:37 p.m. – Seriously, I feel like Lee has a "paint store complex."
No sooner does he land in Chicago that he starts talking about having worked in that paint store. I get remembering where you come from, but I swear not a week goes by that we don't hear about it.
There he is at the baseball stadium and his elementary store. But what really brings him to tears?
Yep, visiting the paint store. Those roots run deep.
I love his home town performance and that he breaks down. That causes his parents to break down.
I am running out of tissue over here!
9:33 p.m. – Wow.
The local media met MamaSox when she landed in Toledo, Ohio. She looks like she is having a blast greeting her fans.
The mayor of Toledo looks like he is about to hop on a motorcycle and take off. And you know who is really praying she sins? That guy who said he's going to tattoo her autograph on his chest!
"Bowerstock" looked like it was a success. Loved the look on her face when she said "Home sweet home."
Her song "Holy Toledo" was pretty cool. She, too, is in tears. Tonight is super emotional.
9:23 p.m. – Looking forward to seeing the "Idol" gang on "The Simpsons."
Well, hello Perez Hilton. He loves music, and he has thrown his support behind singer Travis Garland. I see why when I watch Garland perform his song "Believe."
Travis reminds me of an edgy Osmond. Love the drums, but could they have anymore people on stage? I keep losing sight of Travis.
And is there ANYONE not being discovered online these days?
9:15 p.m. – We are treated to Casey's hometown visit, and Texas is going nuts over this dude!
Looks like the entire town turned out to Millsap High. That one lady that had him sign her pet freaked me out a bit.
You just have to know that in that crowd of people is some chick who turned him down for a date.
Love that Casey went to the hospital that treated him and saved his life. He gets a little teary eyed when he gifts them with an autographed guitar.
What a sweetie he is!
9:13 p.m. – What would our night be without the music video/commercial.
Singing drawings? Very A-Ha of you "Idol."
9:06 p.m. – Seacrest asks Lee DeWyze if he wants to win.
I'm trying to drink in the sight of Casey James because I think I won't be seeing him much of him after tonight.
The "Idol" contestants are stressing how busy they are. I can imagine they are hearing from elementary school friends who now want to be homies for life.
Crystal "MamaSox" Bowersox gives the show a shout-out for getting her good health care. She says she is the healthiest she has ever been so good for her.
9:01 p.m. – Oh Lord.
Ryan Seacrest is "getting into the contestants' heads."
The mind games begin.
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Wow I can not believe how some people are commenting. So what Crystal has messed up teeth. I guess you must have self confidence issues and that is why you pick at her! I thought that was what school age kids do not a bunch of adults? Grow up!
@hannah1 – some people would love to be on TV; as evidenced by the crowd shots and peoples ridiculous antics! Some people aren't so shallow to be concerned with looks. Crystal has plenty of self confidence and doesn't need your approval or anyone else's!
btw – I'll be glad when your not here posting your tasteless drivel.
@ dogs rule – If I were in Crystals place, I wouldn't care what the judges think either! She got to where she is by being true to herself! Why should she care if they don't like her arrangment? Obviously America appreciates her honesty and ability to do her thing and not be swayed by what others think – and apparently America likes it!
Ok. First of all I am very happy with the final two. I think they both deserve it and are both equally talented. I love Lee's raspy voice and I love Crystal's voice in general. Second of all, I don't understand how anyone could be so rude to say the things they do about her. God made everyone different for a reason. That's the way she is. Get over it. Obviously she has way more talent than anyone on here, including me, so why do we judge. Just jealous I guess.
I love to watch both Crystal and Lee sing – wish they could both win.
Lee has shown the most growth & the light dawning in his eyes as this all becomes real (or surreal) to him is something to watch.
Crystal has been so consistently good throughout though.....so torn.
To all those with the cutting personal comments – a mind is a terrible thing to waste......
Bravo to AI for providing Crystal (and the others) access to healthcare....treating diabetes requires consistent healthcare.....very difficult & expensive without it, believe me.
as Simon might say....this makes AI so 'relevant'.....
Good luck to both Lee and Crystal.......
I thought Crystal was the least appreciative of the home visit. I don't know if she was overwhelmed or what, but she came off kinda arrogant. I thought Lee was the most genuinely appreciative of the group. I love Crystal and Lee, but I really hope Lee wins. Crystal will be fine either way!
"when she sins" and "elementary store" ...slow down next time.
Lee is the perfect American Idol. He is consistently good. He can sing various genres and is a very likable person.
If history repeats itself, Lee will win. The last three seasons that I've watched Idol, the first person asked to sit down is the ultimate winner. Aside from that, he will make a killer first album. Crystal will go on to do her own thing, in her own unique style. Lee is so much more marketable, as I've said before, and that's what the producers are in the business for – to create and promote a singing star.
As to remarks about her teeth from someone up there, it may or may not be diabetes. Diabetes does cause some to be slightly overweight, and depending on the care she's been given up to now, that could account for the teeth issues. Not seeing a dentist regularly is something people give up when they don't have health care. One of my best friends is diabetic and her teeth are perfect. I hope the best for Crystal, she deserves to be happy, healthy and with her child.
After reading all the posts here, I am stunned at the level to which people will sink when opening their mouths with nothing but cruelties.
To the final three: Great job! We have enjoyed watching you and wish you each all the best.
Did anyone notice how the judges really wanted Lee to be there at the end? They constantly praised him to sky. He is probably a nice guy but the last songs the judges gave them to sing really were geared toward Lee. The background singers and the whole bit. What a fix!!!! Casey is a Bob Seger type and they should have given him one of Seger's songs.
Oh well, Lee will probably win the whole thing and that's ok.
runonsentence: Most people would rather die than appear on TV looking like that. WHATEVER the cause , teeth can be whitened and replaced! Can't wait until she is off the tube!!!
Come on, all you CASEY fans, and all people who are tired of Crystal's screeching and sense of self-importance: SWITCH YOUR VOTES TO LEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Did anyone notice the "whatever–who cares" shrug she gave when Ryan mentioned the judges didn't care for her arrangements on Tuesday? Puhleeeeeeze, people; send mommy H O M E!
Hey, runonsentence: OF COURSE she had to come up with an excuse for poor personal hygyene! Diabetic my foot.
IF it's true, then what's her excuse for the rat's nest hair? Gout?
You are pathetic & childish for commenting on Crystal's teeth like that.
She's a DIABETIC. Diabetes usually causes gum disease and tooth decay. Try to get a life and come back here when you're grown up.
Lee will win. He has been a musician all of his life. And stayed true to himself.
What sets him apart from Crystal is his absolute fearlessness – and desire to win. He puts himself into the music with his entire being- and the audience can feel it all with him. Every bit of it. That makes his performances POWERFUL and unique – in all of this world. And full up with soul and emotion.
He will be huge. HUGE. And sell tons of music. He is the real deal. A truly deserving American Idol.
This is a singing comp...Not who looks the best...casey can't sing!!!!!!!!
Jeff i cant hear you maybe your gunt is in the way lol
I love your "blow-by-blow" account of tonight's Idol episode. Keep it up! 😉
Crystal is so talented! She not only has a fantastic voice, but is a great musician, playing not only the guitar, but also the piano and harmonica. She's written many songs, and you can hear some of them on her website, http://www.crystalbowersox.net. She's been singing and writing songs since she was a little girl. She has been true to herself and her dream and is so deserving of the success she is now achieving. I am 65 yrs. old, have become a huge fan, admire her talent, and feel she deserves to be the next American Idol. Mama Sox rocks!
SmartA$$? More like DumbA$$!!!!!!!!!
OK Dawg, lets get it real. Was anyone surprized by tonight's results?
Now lets move on to next week's results and what might happen.
If Mama Sox comes out and lays some of her earlier type Janis Joplin chops on us.........and a bit of soul and inpiration........she's the new Idol........she is plain and simply a better singer and musician than Lee.
But......the judges seem to favor Lee........(by the way..how does simon know that Lee is a good person?) So if he does a repeat of this week's show...he is is Idol.....
If you recall what happened to the judges favorite in Adam from last year, that is no gurantee..........it may be that they are trying to put a bit of suspense going.....it could be that Crystal gets 75 % of all the votes..........probably the vote counters already know who is getting the most votes each week....and know who is going to win...right now..
Perez Hilton is repulsive ! Im sorry to say this but..both Crystal and Lee are boring people with no star quality. The season is a bust.
people talk bad about crystal and lees singing, but they like justin and travis whoever? crazy. I had to leave the room when justin sang, so irratating, makes my teech itch.
I tried voting for Bowersox about 90 times in an hour and the line(s) were busy every time.
@ star watcher – I noticed that too – and that he did.
I predicted this waaaaaaaaaaaayyy back they even have the top 12, I thought that the top 4 will be Alex Lambert, Crystal, Casey and Lee. But of course when Alex was eliminated I thought those three will still make it but the final two will have to be Lee and Crystal.
I believe that a lot or people has the same prediction early on because it's not really that difficult to identify those who are to make it given the kind of line up they have this season.
Barb im not cruel by any means...i say it like it is....Snaggletooth is in the finals...there i said it
im shocked that the cougars didnt come out in force last night and vote Casey in the finals
"Casey James, I wanna shake your hand!" that was sweet...
I don't know – I think we're going to miss Casey next week. He had the personality, and the stage presence, and just came across in the most real, personable contestant. I know that's not enough, but, his final performance and his comments – just really a great guy. Hope he gets a break in the real world of music.
I have a feeling LEE WILL WIN THIS WHOLE THING.
ya i thought it was gonna be Crystal vs Lee in the finals weeks ago....Well at least they got that right...Lee is gonna be your next American Idol
Lol you know, I'm a guy, but allow me to say this in a 100% straight manner – I <3 Casey's sing-off. What a great guy.
Casey you have poise. I love what your at end . Amazing...especially with the small girl. That brought me to tears...
Now for the fun next week.I'm pretty sure that Lee will win, unless he gets run over by an out of control bus-
The BIEB!!!!!!!!!!! That's all I can say..LoL
Can't wait for the results!!
Oh yesss, my 2 favorites. Good luck to you Casey; you were wonderful. Love you.
And Crystal's in...so that one was called like what, 6 weeks ago?
of course Lee's safe thats a NO BRAINER
.....and Lee is in! Now.........is Crystal is safe! Casey....is going home. All is well in Idol-land.
Wow that was predictable, kind of worried me for a bit though.
here's our results: Lee first– he's safe, i'm sure. Crystal did well enough , I hope. Casey was just terrible. It's Lee first, Crystal second, Casey third YIPPPPEEEE!!!
Lee's in...not a surprise
see ya later CASEY!!!!! should have gone a long time ago – can't wait for this finale- i hope they both bring it!!!!!!!
Lee's safe! Now I'm actually nervous.
OMG! HERE WE GO!
So it's about results time...who's it gonna be? Still thinking Casey's going home...
I think Casey is going home. That will be a fair representation on things. I am hoping LEE wins. He looks like a "market ready" singer. He will have to work on his PR though. He needs to be better than Adsam Lambert with PR... or at least close to it.
@protogere-totally agree with you-and great comparison!
Well. He's just another one of those faces on the cover of the "teen" magazines. And I wouldn't be surprized that his career will not go past his 18'th B-day.
God, take them both – take them NOW – please!!! Who the hell is this Travis dude? And that Justin character sounds like a girl and sings like crap! Go back to kindergarten where you belong!
Ehh...well Bieber sounded better tonight than when I heard him on Letterman – when I first heard him on there I couldn't believe he was making ANY albums at all. At least he wasn't nauseating tonight like he was when I saw him before.
Oh Lord, Justin Bieber in a Member's Only jacket, lol. He should learn to dance and his performance would be better. Guess I'm old.
anyone can sing bbabby babbby ooooh- over and over – this kid is terrible
Showing my age here, but Justin Bieber reminds me of a young Donny Osmond.
This kid's career will be shot once puberty arrives for him. It's like Hanson and mmmbop all over again. Time to go find coffee.
Your not being a "SmartA$$" your just being cruel....
yes Michelle, Lee has always been very humble the whole year...Its actually pleasant to see
I can see why the girls go gaga over Justin–he's cute, and he can sing– unlike Casey.
@James, as I said, perhaps it is just how I heard it, but I don't particularly want to know what benefits they are getting from the show outside of the musical industry. I understand that it is a huge boon and I'm glad that the show is helping her with that, it was just the way it came across to me – I don't know, it didn't sit well. Nothing cynical about it, nor was I trying to be critical.
@willyboy I agree. I'm pulling for Lee now...
i found Lee to be very humble with his fame ........nice video Lee
maybe after seeing a dentist she will lose 50 pounds
Hope bieber is better than garland-
The Mayor of Toledo looks like he was about to hop on a motorcycle and take off because that is how he arrived. He's an avid rider.
Crystal needs to see a dentist UGH
I'm really starting to like Lee. He's really a nice humble guy, who's finally realizing his dreams-
@ I know – YES! I was thinking Suzanne Rogers and it's close but YES, the kidnapped chick who is taken in by the Indians. THANK YOU ! LoL
The results are coming up...
"I am running out of tissue over here!" LOL
I love watching these clips and especially their reaction to their fans. You know you figure they've been disconnected for three plus months, when they left no one knew who they were and now everyone wants to breathe their air. It makes me smile to watch their reaction and true appreciation for what they have. That's nice.
I like seeing Lee at home. I think he, more than any of the three, can drive home emotion in his singing and really just take you on an emotional journey. I love that passion.
I'm sorry, but I must have missed something. Exactly how is it tacky that Crystal said she has better healthcare on the show? I don't get how that could possibly be a bad thing, particularly for someone with a chronic (and potentially life-threatening) health issue. The criticism sounds cynical to me.
Crystal actually getting her own song used in her footage totally did it for me...that's the most emotional I've been for the whole season (especially if you've heard her talk about how much she wants to be able to do her own music).
I'm not a Lee fan but this is quite the picture of him as well. Definitely obvious that they're all supported very well at home.
agree willyboy- hopefully casey will be going home so that lee and crystal can provide a great finale
It's no coincidence that Crystal chose "I'm Going Home" as her song last night lolllllllllll
Long Live the Cougars *wink
Cmon Idol send Crystal home already
@James – agree.
Listening to her talk about her own song Holy Toledo – that was the most insight into her I've had all season – it was really touching. I agree, Protogere, her Daddy is proud of her and I think she really wants that.
And finally Lee's weekend- wonder if the order in which they did the hometown visits is an indication of who's #1,2, and 3?????
@protogere it just came to me... Stands with Fist, from Dances with Wolves! yes?
crystal is so humbled by this experience-she is one of a kind-the other 2 are much like previous idol winners – we need originality to win and crystal encompasses all of those components
I'm with you mozart – that's great that they showcased or allowed her to showcase her own work.
Whether she is nice off stage or not really isn't relevant, there are plenty of prima donna's out there in the industry – look at Taylor Hicks as an example.
I'm tearing up at seeing her get to play with her baby, I cannot imagine how difficult the separation might be, even if it isn't constant. And seeing her Daddy crying just pained me.
Here's Crystal's hometown soiree-Gee really lots of people--
I can't believe it! They're actually using her OWN ORIGINAL SONG as the background music!!!
As a gay man, I'm appalled that Fox would allow someone as vile and divisive as Perez Hilton to appear on this show. He is not a good role model–for anyone.
I loved Casey's home story – didn't really know about the wreck and it wasn't really used to sell him during the season. Re Crystal's comments about healthcare – I've worked in healthcare for years and actually thought her comments were completely appropriate and real. Folks have a hard time getting adequate healthcare if they're on the fringe. This probably IS the first time her diabetes is really getting managed correctly and that says a lot about the need for more access in HC and how AI has benefitted her in a real way. Don't see it as tacky, just insightful. Yeah, CAsey's mom did look like an actress – but it's not Peggy Bundy I'm thinking of – don't know yet.
@ michele – Yes, her mother abused her when she was a child, she stayed home until she finished high school and then immediately left for Chicago to try to start a career on her own, and struggled to even survive. She moved home as I understand when she was having trouble making it (her parents were divorced by then). Her family doesn't have much money at all and that's why you've rarely seen any of them there. Plus being diagnosed diabetic at age 7. She's had far from an easy life.
Suzanne Rogers back in the 80s!
Okay all better and focused again.
lol mozart..........i still stand my ground i still don't think crystal is as nice as she portrays on tv......
just saw garland perform believe-love the song but the vocals were horrible considering he was running all over the damn stage-better luck next time
I think Casey's mom looks like the actress who played Rachel on "Another World" for years.
Yeah @ pro – I can understand it seeming kinda tacky. Would probably have been best for her not to mention it. LOL you know, people criticize them when they won't open up, and then when they do, people pick apart everything they say. 😛 Nice to be famous, huh?
Noooo not Peggy, his mom is way too thin in the face to look like her. Gah I'm trying to figure out what I've seen the person in that has my memory pinged.
lived in a van???????? explains why her family is never there to support her
Eh, vocally this is one of the better guest performances of the year actually, but that really isn't saying much. That said, how lazy is it that he kept ending up just a second or so too slow getting the mic up to his face to sing? Wow...people will pretty much buy anything music wise nowadays huh?
Good to be here
@protogere Casey's mom looks like Peggy Bundy
oh look everyone...its the offspring of WHAM!
Well, another forgettable artist(not my bowl of soup)
Oh I hear you there mozart and I think that she has a very inspirational story – whether she wins or not – that she can certainly utilize to open doors. Maybe it was just my take on the comment LoL
I have to say this....and I am sorry that I may offend some... I just want to dunk Ryan in a vat of eggnog. Ugh he bothers me sometimes.
@ michele – I think Ryan said "we'll see if Casey makes it one step closer to the crown."
I dunno @ protogere – if you really know all (or most) of Crystal's story, she's gone from living in a van in Chicago, to moving back to rural northern Ohio and performing in small bars and clubs for whatever she could make, and trying to manage her health. I think it's heartfelt. A bit awkward, but I mean, she literally went from homeless to known worldwide within the last couple years.
I've got nothing against Casey as a person, I think he did very well to get this far, and seeing where he comes from gives me some more understanding of his personality. I just don't like theway he sings much-
Garland is a Perez pretty boy protégé.
did ryan just say casey makes or made it one step closer to the crown????
Who the heck is Travis Garland?????
For all the people thinking that they'd downplay Casey's story and his hometown visit...that was quite a package for him. You can see how great of a guy he is, and even though he's probably the one going home tonight, I really do wish him all the best. Very inspirational.
Wow Casey's mom looks like an actress, but I can't place her name. That's going to bug me LoL.
I think that was touching for him to go to the hospital and thank the physicians and staff and to do so in a way that they got the attention for their work. Kudos to him for that!
And now we see casey's fan base- all the tweeners! yikes!
I didn't see it as a pity vote attempt, wrong night for that anyhow. But it would be the same reaction if Lee said something like I love how being on this show I finally can pay my bills or if Casey said I'm not wondering where my next meal will come from – I just think that personal aspects such as money and healthcare aren't things that they should be talking about receiving from the show or as a result of being on the show.
Maybe it's just me.
Glad momasox is getting healthy. She's going to need it to survive the hoopla.
I'm still not happy with the contestants. I kept thinking by this point they would have matured and grown and become performers. They haven't.
If you go to youtube and type 'american idol top 4' you will see several videos of prior year contestants – Melinda, Nikki, Daughtry – I could carry on – they performed! They brought talent to the show. They competed. Not a one ever walked onto the stage and stood on the X and sang and then walked away.
There's not many artists that I would ever pay to go to a concert of that stand in one place – and they aren't on that tiny list.
Eh, Crystal saying that about better health care than she's had outside the show...I don't exactly see how that's tacky. I know people are going to pick up her mentioning her kid and her diabetes and run with it, as her trying to get pity votes. I don't think that at all. She's being open and honest about the opportunities that she's had, and I think she really is thankful for how everything has worked out for her at this point. At least she's not afraid to talk about things.
very tacky pro................and thank you...i was gonna say something similiar.....lol
I like hearing what they endure, but I don't know that I want to know that AI is getting her good health care. That's an aspect that I think just sounds tacky to announce. Maybe it's just me.
Now we get to see how Casey spent his weekend at home-
The sit-down though is interesting. It gives more of a look into what they're really like – it's nice to hear from them. The real Idol die-hards probably know a lot of what they're saying already but the general public doesn't.
Wow, did Crystal just say she has better health care through the show than she had without it? A bit tacky I think.
JUST give us theRESULTS!!!!!!!!!@!