May 25th, 2011
08:00 PM ET
SPOILER ALERT – Tonight's "Idol" blog will reveal who is leaving the competition, so please don't read if you don't want to know.
10:01 p.m. – It's time for the announcement of the winner.
Lauren and Scotty are tickling each other. Kooky kids!
After a nationwide vote, the winner is...Scotty McCreery!
"Me and her have been together since day one, and we are going to stay together," Scotty says of Lauren and himself. And he thanks the Lord before singing his first single, "I Love You This Big." He can barely sing as he hugs his family, the other contestants and gets choked up.
He grabs Lauren, kisses her and says "I love you baby." The tabloids are going to have a field day with that one.
By the end, he's on the floor as confetti drops. What a great kid.
9:54 p.m. – With everything going on, I almost forgot we are here to find out the winner of "American Idol."
But not just yet. First we have Steven Tyler at the piano singing "Dream On." Love that song!
He is doing the damn thing! Tyler will ever reign supreme.
9:45 p.m. – I think Bono and The Edge are the coolest.
But I wish they were doing some U2 music instead of "Rise Above" with one of the cast of their Broadway musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark." Whoever that kid is in the Spidey suit flying around the theater looks like he hit the ground pretty hard. Hope he's OK, because goodness knows the show has had some issues with injuries.
He ends up dropping down in front of J-Lo and she pulls down the lower half of his mask like she's going to kiss him. Just kidding!
I guess the smooches are reserved for Marc Anthony and Casey.
9:38 p.m. – Oh Look, Beyonce is back again.
She sings "One Plus One." I love Mrs. Jay-Z as much as the next person, but she seems to be EVERYWHERE these days. Sometimes less is more B.
9:35 p.m. – Lauren and Scotty take some good-natured ribbing from their fellow contestants about how young they are. Naima says they "still have Similac on their breath."
9:31 p.m. – Lauren comes out singing Carrie Underwood's "Before He Cheats," and I know what that means.
That's right, a duet!
Lauren looks thrilled. She says "Tell 'em Carrie." How exciting to be performing with one of your idols. Lauren is holding her own for sure.
Awww, good for her!
9:23 p.m. – Lady Gaga is up next to sing her new single, "Edge of Glory."
I'm not sure I can truly describe what she is wearing; I'll just say picture a lamp shade, a studded bathing suit and a sparkly head band.
She sounds great though. Gaga and a male backup dancer bust some interpretative dance which my be a bit too interpretive for family TV and then they "fall off" the cliff/rock formation she's been performing on.
Well alrighty then.
9:20 p.m. – Next up, a music video/commercial recollection of the season.
Now Scotty and Lauren are both dressed all in black. They get to invite their favorite educators (Lauren's principal and Scotty's chorus teacher) to the finale and they have a surprise for them both - a new Ford Focus!
Lauren and Scotty also get keys to any Ford they want. Very cool.
9:13 p.m. – Hello chick who plays the oldest daughter on "Modern Family." I can't remember your real name, but I love seeing you in the "Idol" audience.
9:09 p.m. – Oh I get it.
The minute I heard "What's New Pussycat," I remembered that Tom Jones is supposed to be in the place tonight. He also sang a version of "Kiss," so that makes sense.
Way to fake me out "Idol."
And there he is, Sir Tom Jones to sing "It's Not Unusual." Jack Black is getting his groove on in the audience. He is cracking me up!
9:05 p.m. – "America must really hate me, because I got eliminated TWICE."
Casey is so funny!
Casey, James and Stefano debate who was the most shocking win. Casey calls James a crybaby. Pia shows up wearing a crown and a sash as the most shocking elimination.
The Top 13 guys come out and start singing "Kiss" by Prince. If Prince comes out, I will LOSE it!
9:01 p.m. – OMG! I love Marc Anthony's voice!
I don't speak Spanish, but I am feeling his vibe right now with the famed former Prince protegee Sheila E. on drums.
And out comes J-Lo to heat things up with some sexy moves as she makes the tassels shimmy.
You still got it going on Jenny.
8:58 p.m. – Oh no. Not the aspiring disc jockey Joe and some of our quirky wanna-be contestants.
I feel so bad for these people who can't sing and try out to the show or even worse, cuss the camera out.
Not a good look.
8:50 p.m. – Now here's a natural pairing.
Tim McGraw and Scotty McCreery sing "Live Like You Were Dying." They look great on stage together.
Actually, Tim McGraw just looks great, period. He's the most played artist on the radio in the past decade. And did I mention that he's hot?
8:4 p.m. – TLC featuring rapper Lil Jon?
I still love them, but it hurts to see T-Boz and Chili on stage without Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes. We still miss you Left Eye and it's weird to hear "Waterfalls" without Lopes' rap.
8:44 p.m. – Jennifer Lopez is honored as the most beautiful woman in the world. She has gotten a lot of mileage out of that People magazine cover.
She is pretty cute. J-Lo seems genuinely moved by the love from the audience.
8:42 p.m. – Tony Bennett is the man, I swear!
He's so timeless and sings "Stepping Out With My Baby" with Haley. They even cut the rug a little bit.
8:39 p.m. – Ah yes, a retrospective of Steven Tyler's potty mouth and love for the ladies.
That man says anything, at any time. Ryan says we should have seen the stuff they couldn't broadcast. I believe that.
8:30 p.m. – Let us pause here and take a moment to discuss the endurance of Beyonce's "Single Ladies?" Seriously people, let's move on.
The ladies of "Idol" launch into a medley of B's tunes including "Single Ladies," "Irreplaceable," "Get Me Bodied," "If I Were A Boy" and "Deja Vu."
I'll say this, those songs and those moves were not meant to be performed by everyone.
But all is OK once Beyonce pops up to show them how it's done with "Crazy In Love." Funny to watch the ladies of "Idol" sing backup while Beyonce and her backup dancers shake it like the rent is due. Work it B!
8:26 p.m. – Casey Abrams and Jack Black?
They sing Queen's "Fat Bottomed Girls," and they are having a blast, scatting and cutting it up. Of course, some young ladies with ample bottoms ride out on bikes. Not the best vocal in the world, but it was fun to watch.
8:17 p.m. – Time to take it to church.
Jacob Lusk performs "I Smile" with gospel star Kirk Franklin. Not that Kirk Franklin sings. He writes great songs and then says "C'mon," "Praise Him!" and stuff like that over the track.
Here's a surprise when icon Gladys Knight and a choir join them on stage. Well, Gladys is a surprise, not the choir cause that's expected on "Idol."
Jacob should stick to gospel cause he's awesome at it.
8:15 p.m. – I'm exhausted all ready from watching that Durbin/Judas Priest performance.
Now we are honoring Randy Jackson for his general repetitive goofiness. He does have a tendency to say the same thing all of the time (like "In it to win it!")
8:11 p.m. – James Durbin is rocking out with Judas Priest on a little "Living After Midnight" to kick off a melody of their songs.
Heavy metal is not my thing, but Durbin is giving it everything he has. I can count the fillings in his mouth every time he lets out a yell.
8:05 p.m. – Lauren and Scotty look cute dressed all in white.
The former contestants are back to join them in a rousing rendition of Gaga's "Born This Way." I don't know about you, but I've had my fill of that particular jam.
Hey, there's the dude from "Lost" – Harold Perrineau – in the audience. Let the celeb spotting begin.
8:02 p.m. – Be proud of yourselves viewers, you set a record.
There were more than 122 million votes cast last night and almost three quarters of a billion votes since the show began 10 seasons ago. Seacrest does the math for us and says that's the equivalent of two votes for every person living in the U.S. Impressive.
8:01 p.m. – Seacrest is so cheeky with his "So...who do you love?"
We love you Ryan. No doubt!
8:00 p.m. – Popcorn? Check. Icy beverage? Check.
Anxious to find out who won "Idol?" Double check!
The show starts now!
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