May 25th, 2010
08:04 PM ET

Top 2 take to the 'Idol' stage

8:48 p.m. –So MamaSox gets a cover tune, too, with "Up to the Mountain."

This song seems made for her, and she sang the mess out of it. I got chills when she sang "It's been a long time coming." You could tell she almost broke down and started bawling.

She actually had a moment there. Wow.

It was sweet of her to wish Simon well with his future, though I fear it may have come across as a little cocky.

8:37 p.m.- We get a first listen to what could be Lee's first single: "Beautiful Day."

Wait, that's U2's single! Just because Bono is out with a hurt back doesn't mean you can jack his music like that.

It's wasn't a horrible cover, but really U2 worked that song, and Lee did not. I'm conflicted.

I would also like to thank Simon for once again bringing up the paint store. Geez.

8:29 p.m. – No fair making MamaSox come down the stairs in those heels!

She sings "Black Velvet" and she looked scared to death coming down those steps. I think they were going for an "Adam Lambert" type of moment with the lighting and the way they shot it.

She sounded good, though I thought it was borderline screechy towards the end. She didn't have as much control as Adam would have had on that number but I need to stop living in the past.

I swear it's really hard to pick between these two. Both Lee and Crystal seem like they are giving it their all.

8:21 p.m. – The executive producer's choice for Lee is "Everybody Hurts."

I am so sick of the paint store reference. I don't doubt that if Lee wins and appears on Seacrest's radio show that Ryan will introduce him as "former paint salesman now 'American Idol' champ...Lee DeWyze!"

And what a shock, there's a choir! Lee seems like he is a little shook. Ordinarily I don't hear the "pitchy" as much as the judges claim, but I so heard it tonight.

Breathe deep Lee!

And is it me or is this show just zipping right along tonight?

8:12 p.m. – I knew MamaSox was going to perform "Me and Bobby McGee!"

That's her wheelhouse mos def. She's also gone the safe route, though her performance is definitely more energetic than Lee.

She wants this so bad, you can tell.

It's a competition ya'll!

8:08 p.m. – I think Crystal was smart to choose to go second.

Who in the world was that on the coin they flipped? All I could see was pink hair.

Lee chooses "The Boxer" from Inspirational Week as his song choice. He's playing it safe and he's looking as cute as ever.

It took him a minute but little Lee is finally looking comfortable on stage. Way more than you might expect a paint salesman to look.

Randy thinks Lee needs to pick up the energy and I think Randy needs to have picked a better outfit, so there.

I thought Lee did a good job.

8:02 p.m. – Holy crap on a cracker look at all of those people crammed into the Nokia Theater!

Seacrest says 7,000 folks turned out and you know that there will be some celebs in the audience.

What was up with that entrance? MamaSox dropped her mike and then she looked confused as to where she was supposed to be.

Lee beat her to the stage. Hope that's not a sign of things to come!

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  1. michele

    this is illegal and why is she using the SONY LOGO

    May 26, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Crystal Fan

    I hope Crystal wins, She can sing and she reminds a litle bit of Jewel. Although Lee may get the teeny bopper votes and that will push him into the top spot. I just don't think he had near the power or the passion that Crystal does. and all of you nay saysers that are putting down her looks - Have you looked at today's "Artists" i mean look at like Conye or god forbid that Miley Cyrus–please there are two no talent hacks that Crystal can sing miles around.

    May 26, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. NC Mom

    I prefer Crystal...but think Lee is talented as well. It doesn't matter who wins... Usually the losers do well too. Both will have great careers. The vote is just a popularity contest at this point with the gang with the most nimble fingers swaying the outcome...

    May 26, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jeff

    All those with bad things to say about Crystal always comment about the way she looks...if it's all apperance and a little about talent, AI is nothing more than a co-gender beauty contest.

    May 26, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sadie

    Crystals last song, had to leave no dry eyes in the house...fantastic...If Lee wins, it's no talent contest. Crystal should already have a record contract...where is Chris Allen these days? She sings with pain and passion he sings with some fear and paiont fumes!

    May 26, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Michelle Burrell

    Really and Truly BIG MIKE SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN THE TOP 2 AND HE SHOULD HAVE WON THE WHOLE DAM THING ..BIG Mike is a better singer than both of these 2 put together..

    May 26, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bradertodd

    LEE not mamasox, Lee has good looks and personality, Mamasox has no looks and horrid personality. Thats my OPINION...GO LEE YOU DEFINATELY GOT MY VOTES LAST NIGHT.............................

    May 26, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Scout

    I wouldn't pay to watch either of them, nor would I waste money buying their ITunes, which says something about this year's talent since I do have Daughtry, David Cook, Allison, Kris Allen from last year, and everything that Adam Lambert has ever done. He is an entertainer. It won't matter which of these two win, as they'll be forgotten like Taylor Hicks and Ruben Stoddard by this time next year.

    May 26, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  9. pip100

    They're both very good, but I'm afraid Lee will be another Chris (who?) Allen. He is so similar to David (who?) Cook too. Lat year AI viewers got it wrong with Adam L not winning, I hope they get it right this year and vote for Crystal because I would go see her perform.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  10. JGR

    Can anyone tell me why they changed the format for the final song? In years past, the final contestants sang the same song for the last of their three songs. This year they cover a song? And not even the same song for both? How fair is that? Crystal was totally at home sitting on a stool, playing her guitar. But Lee has to stand up, no guitar and "work the stage" while singing a really big song? I agree that Crystal out-sang Lee last night, but I think what put her over the top and Lee in second place was that last performance. If they had they opportunity to sing the same song, Crystal still may have out-sang Lee, but at least it would have been fair!

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

      Hey JGR? Have you HEARD the final songs the contestants have been forced to sing over the past several seasons?? They STUNK! And last year's "No Boundaries" was the absolute WORST!! In fact, Lambert told What's his name that he was GLAD what's his name won last year because that meant he (Lambert) would never have to sing that God awful song again!!

      And by the way, no one forced Lee to stand up and sing, – he CHOSE to. Get a clue and get back to us.

      Only the tone deaf would think Lee sang better than Crystal last night.....

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

      Hey Tom, You are right in that the songs the contestants have been forced to sing in the past have beeni ncredibly cheesy. My issue is not with the song choice (cheesy or otherwise). My issue is that they were not put head to head and forced to sing the same song, as has been tradition.

      BTW, I NEVER once said in my comment that Lee sang better than Crystal last night. Get some reading glasses and get back to us....

      May 26, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  11. Nanci in Manhattan

    Crystal just h ad "it" tonight. I thought I'd like to see and hear her in concert live, while I thought Lee might be pleasant to listen to on a CD. Crystal moved me vocally and with her performance. Lee has a good voice. Part of me wanted Lee to come from behind and "kill it." He just didn't...Randy, Ellen, Kara & Simon almost begged him to bring it...for some reason he just couldn't do it when it counted most. But, should have a good career now & won't have to work in a paint store. Crystal could be the next superstar.

    May 26, 2010 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
  12. ATL Loves Good Music!

    what were the phone numbers to vote for those two? Seriously, I still wanna vote for the winner!

    May 26, 2010 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  13. Wayne

    Interesting and entertaining show tonight...

    Lee seemed nervous and I believe that effected his performance. The U2 song lacked Bono's vocals. There are some songs that are not just the shape of the heart but the essence is the vocals of the group's singer that gives them that edge. Some tunes many sings can sing well but there are those that require a specific vocals tone or character.
    better off stay away from those types of tunes.

    Crystal hit a home run and she has the complete package. She is a pretty girl with a heart of gold. Relaxed and she has been blessed with the whole package. I loved her performance. Standing ovation. Both of these artists are really good
    but Crystal has a rare talent. She is very talented in many ways. And I think she won the crown. Well hopefully. Bless her. Sorry to see Simon go. Great judge!!! What a journey!!! All the judges are cool. Bless everyone.


    Musician & Songwriter

    May 26, 2010 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  14. JackoB

    Crystal won tonight, but I voted for Lee. I want him to win. I just hope both succeed.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. reimann

    can someone help me figure out who sang that song at the end?

    May 25, 2010 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • amp

      not sure who the original writer is- but Patty Griffin did the most recent version. awesome song. sorry you have missed it until now.
      I listened to it this morning and actually wished to myself that she would sing that. of course no one would believe that, but it is the truth.

      May 25, 2010 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • I know that one!

      His name is WILL YOUNG

      May 25, 2010 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  16. SmartA$$


    May 25, 2010 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  17. krubby

    No contest – not even close. not tonight, not all season – Crystal EASILY the best. Lee isn't even a good singer. how can folks not hear that? and can he get rid of that spit in his mouth all the time already. yuck!

    Crystal rocks. fresh, new, humble, awesome!

    May 25, 2010 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Derrick

    American Idol is still an excellent show and the best show to find future stars – artist/performer/singer/songwriter despite all the negative comments and drop of TV’s ratings recently. However if American idol wants to continue to be a successful show for years to come with credibility and integrity, Crystal Bowersox with her amazing natural talents and strong performances during the past few months should win and must WIN in this season!!! Wish America will make the right decision tonight accordingly!!!

    Crystal performed perfectly tonight.......ALL three songs!!!!!!!!!!!! Crystal for the WIN for sure!!!

    May 25, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Mark

    We saw a massacre tonight. Crystal totally wiped the floor with Lee. Now if people will only vote based on what they heard, Crystal should win hands down. Go MamaSox!

    May 25, 2010 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  20. teresa, oh

    I'm thinking Lee will win. Crystals got a unique voice, but the last couple weeks or so, she has been screeching down the house and Lee has been getting more consistent.

    May 25, 2010 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  21. music101

    let me guess all of you folks who like mamasUx are on medication maybe? she will go nowhere even if she wins!! flash in the pan

    May 25, 2010 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      Would you care to place money on that? She'll do very well. They both probably will.

      May 25, 2010 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Johnycanuk

      Are you tone deaf?

      May 26, 2010 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Ramsey

      you should take music 101 over again!! Crystal is amazing!!! She is the complete package and we're going to hear a lot of her...She's not going to be a winner that fades away.

      May 26, 2010 at 7:13 am | Report abuse |
  22. davinlcutch

    Crystal........that was PERFECT.

    May 25, 2010 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  23. MCI

    there goes crystal trying to buy votes..............she should have waited til simon said what he needed to say....then she could have wished him well.......i will never buy one of her records.i don't know what you people see in her..i really don't

    May 25, 2010 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fred Dayanesque

      Crystal is a tiny bit rough around the edges with her somewhat talkative demeanor, her problematic teeth and slight clumsiness. But it's because she is entirely, 100 percent self-made: no show business mom-manager working the angles, just absolute raw talent. She will soar and be very popular, mark my words.

      May 25, 2010 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Mary

    Crystal wins three for three songs tonight! She is an American Idol!

    May 25, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  25. music101

    you people who are all about mamasux are nuts!!! same sound... same screech..... same type o songs........ nothing versatile!!! no personality!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 25, 2010 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Barbara P

    Oh, amazing, beautiful, wow. I loved it. She has climbed that mountain – yes

    May 25, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Chris

    No matter who wins, Lee WILL DEFINITELY go farther than that other one with their career. What's her name doesn't have a chance. Can't wait to see her go on tour if she would win and have a nervous breakdown because she's stressed out about being away from her kid, etc. and can't take the pressure. Finally, for crying out loud, GET RID OF THE DREADS!!!!! Makes you look like a TRAMP!

    May 25, 2010 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      Gee Chris, jealous much? She's beautiful on the inside and the outside. And the best singer tonight baby!

      May 25, 2010 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Golden Rule

      Shame on you! Wishing a young mother has a nervous breakdown? Beyond cruel. Chris, stop drinking the HATERADE

      May 25, 2010 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Everything I wrote is the TRUTH! If you are calling her BEAUTIFUL you better get your head and eyes examined MARY!
      And GOLDEN RULE better go back to school and take Reading & Comprehension 101. I didn't WISH her to have a nervous breakdown, I said WHEN SHE DOES, which she most likely will with the grueling tour schedule she will have. You both are IDIOTS!

      May 25, 2010 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Johnnycanuk

      I'm guessing you would cheer at funerals also

      May 26, 2010 at 2:20 am | Report abuse |


      May 26, 2010 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  28. Vonnie

    Has anyone else noticed that the accompaniment music is too loud?

    May 25, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hisnin4ever

      YES! All season long it has drowned them out!

      May 26, 2010 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
    • mappy

      Yes, thought the backup, particularly for Lee was WAY out of line. But still. My votes are 1000% for Lee. His "Beautiful Day" was super and can't wait to download...

      May 26, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  29. davinlcutch

    Lee......Beautiful Day. Beautiful guy, great contestant....... unfortunaley talent wise....second to Crystal. Lee you were a bit overwhelmed in that was a nice job..... just nice. MAMASOX.......BRING IT HOME!

    May 25, 2010 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Barbara P

    Oooh, not a good choice to pick a U2 song. It's not really about vocals, but about the band. And who wants to buy a U2 cover song? Why, Lee, why?

    May 25, 2010 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      You do realize the AI producers choose what song will be their single... the Contestants have no say in what song they get.

      May 25, 2010 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • pandurz

      @ Joe ~ THANK YOU!!!!!

      May 25, 2010 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Fred Dayanesque

    Crystal is ON FIRE!!!!! The judges were trying to stack the deck against her so badly she needed to be twice as good as Lee to win. And guess what, she's three times as good.

    May 25, 2010 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Erica


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    • Chase

      really? 20 votes in and the show isn't over yet? Seeing that votes don't count unitll the end of the show I'm sorry you wasted your time voting for the person who should not win.

      May 25, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Johnnycanuk

      Keep voting. Your phone bill may reach $10,000 and Crystal will still win given that Amazing performance.

      May 26, 2010 at 2:23 am | Report abuse |
  33. michele

    i'm done with this show..............good luck LEE........really want you to win...but here goes the judges again pimping out crystal

    May 25, 2010 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  34. davinlcutch

    UGH! This format is frustrating. Crystal........OMG GIRL! That was adrenaline! HOLY SMOKES.

    May 25, 2010 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Barbara P

    Wow she was nervous about those stairs – eyed them the first few bars like "I have to do what?" – but her voice is so fabulous that it overcame the awkward moment. Her voice is one I could listen to for a long time.

    May 25, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  36. protogere

    I love Black Velvet and without her guitar she really put on a show for once. I loved that.

    May 25, 2010 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • michele

      black velvet is one of my fav songs and cyrstal just butchered it all the h*ll

      May 25, 2010 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • davinlcutch

      protogere...... that was smoking was it not! even with a bit of "wardrobe / staging" issues....damn those heels and those stairs could have been trouble.

      May 25, 2010 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • TM

      I've enjoyed listening to Chrystal this season, but I have to wonder...what were the judges thinking when they praised "Black Velvet"? I thought she was completely out of tune a number of times, screechy and trying to keep up w/the song. I really didn't like it at all. But I'm not an official judge; just my opinion. "Black Velvet" – NOT good. Here's to you Lee. I think you deserved better praise tonite than you got.

      May 25, 2010 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  37. protogere

    So far I have to say Crystal has out performed Lee. She seems less nerve wracked too.

    May 25, 2010 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  38. davinlcutch

    Lee very very nice on Everybody Hurts! Good One......IT ISON TONIGHT!

    May 25, 2010 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Babrara P

    It felt like Lee was screaming that song a bit. Calm down – what's with Simon telling People mag that Lee was going to win it and then picking at him in 2/3 songs? Wonder if they'll have Crystal go Joplinesque or something out of her style?

    May 25, 2010 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  40. SmartA$$

    "She wants this so bad, you can tell." <--- THATS A NO BRAINER...SO DID THE GUY WHO WAS BOOTED 6 WEEKS AGO

    May 25, 2010 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Shelby


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  42. Mary

    Go Crystal! Way to win round one! You go girl!

    May 25, 2010 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |


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  44. Barbara P

    I liked Crystal's performance better than I thought I would as I don't like that song so much – but, she did great. Both did great, but Crystal just "has it" to me.

    May 25, 2010 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  45. kms:)

    It will be very hard to choose the best performer tonight. Lee and Crystal are the male/female versions of each other!

    May 25, 2010 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  46. idolizer

    Round 1 goes to Crystal!! AMAZING TALENT!

    May 25, 2010 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  47. davinlcutch

    the change in layout is getting on my nerves..... can anyone tel me why I have to keep typing name and addy into fields? how do I avoid that? But..... Lee nice start......Crystal......that was perfect response. Round 1, I agree – Crystal!

    May 25, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • michele

      omgg black velvet is one of my fav songs and cyrstal just butchered it all the h*ll

      May 25, 2010 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Rigs


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  50. protogere

    That was a great performance by Lee.

    May 25, 2010 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  51. michele


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