'American Idol' season finale is finally here
May 25th, 2011
08:00 PM ET

'American Idol' season finale is finally here

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."

That's funny!

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.

Love it!

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?

Yes please!

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!")

Oh Randy.

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.

Good times.

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!

soundoff (132 Responses)
  1. Tomas Zlatkin

    Carrie Marie Underwood is an American country music singer, songwriter, and actress. She rose to fame as the winner of the fourth season of American Idol in 2005. Underwood has since become a multi-platinum selling recording artist, a winner of six Grammy Awards, sixteen Billboard Music Awards, seven American Music Awards and ten Academy of Country Music Awards, among several others. –

    My favorite online site

    April 27, 2013 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. alyssanperez

    .You brought tears to my eyes,congr­ats...hope to see you on Country Music Awards shows..and concerts..­I'm a big fan of Country music...Co­ngrats to your parents too.... http://bit.ly/jTHbMf

    May 28, 2011 at 3:07 am | Report abuse |
  3. worked


    May 26, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jeld


    May 26, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
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    May 26, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
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    May 26, 2011 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. vancouvercoupon

    i am not a fans of American idol but nice info

    May 26, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Katie

    I'm a 41 year old woman that loves to sing but suffer from serious stage-fright.....It saddens me to hear all the negativity towards individuals that had the nerve (at the age of 16 plus) to at least TRY !!!! I'm proud of all the contestants and what they have achieved. Are they the next BIG THING? Not sure.....is Country music my favorite? No – but there are some bands / singers out there that actually have a nice sound. If you are a true MUSIC fan then you should be able to APPRECIATE & RESPECT ALL types of music. It doesn't give anyone free reign to criticize and stereotype all country music and the comments about them being hillbillies – rednecks and trailer trash is disgraceful. It saddens me to see so many people on here so quick to judge and be negative nancys rather than happy for them.

    May 26, 2011 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    • hearts

      this has been the best american idol finally! great performaces (excepts l-gaga) im very happy to know scotty won but would have loved that lauren would win this thing! its ok i know she is going to grow big in the music industry-along side scotty. thank the lord they are together they make a great couple. pour hearted and true talent towards each
      other. 🙂

      May 26, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Frenchie from Halifax, NS

    Jared, I LOL when I saw your comment. You're funny. Have a great day! Frenchie

    May 26, 2011 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  10. Sarah Stroud

    I was pulling for Lauren Alaina, but was pleased to see that Scotty thanked the Lord for his big win. Lauren and Scotty are two great young people who are both wonderful role models. This has been my favorite Idol year since 2007.

    May 26, 2011 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
  11. guy

    Well Done Scotty McCreery...from Guy McCreery:)

    May 26, 2011 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
  12. jared

    All of you posting here should turn off your computers and television sets and go out on a serious quest for an actual life!

    May 26, 2011 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
  13. DFWDelia

    Just an AWESOME end to an AWESOME season! Wow! I'm not a major country fan but I could get into tonight! And James Durbin showed why he did not deserve to be voted off. Beyonce has such an amazing body that it's almost unfair for her to show it off like she does. OMG! I have to agree with the person who wrote the article in that Tim McGraw looked amazing as always! I'm sure Scotty and Lauren will both have some incredible success in Nashville!

    May 26, 2011 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
  14. Barbara

    I truly hope Scotty breaks the jinx for male winners of Idol and becomes a HUGE success. His final song II Love You this Big is the very first Idol song I will ever buy. It just fit him to a tee, it was wonderful. That final song of Lauren's was schmaltz. Remember all the ringer songs Lauren got this year, most of which she did not do anything with. Scotty work with Lauren professionally but take a warning about that ever present stage Mom whose daughter cannot seem to function by herself.

    May 26, 2011 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
  15. Romny

    SUCH OPINIONATED YOUNGSTERS! Watch the Disney movie "Bambi"! "IF YOU CAN'T SAY SOMETHING NICE – DON'T SAY ANYTHING AT ALL". These contestants have plenty of nerve and stamina. All of them.
    What have any of you ever done?? Your words are SO lame.

    May 25, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • dogs rule

      I am a practicing Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. I would like to think – and hope – I have nerve, stamina, and have done more good than just shaking my booty in front of several million impaired teenagers. Mr. Scotty hasn't even mastered basic English at age 17, when most people are taking the SATs.

      May 25, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      dogs rule: "He so DID NOT deserve to win."

      Please teach us some more of the basic English you have mastered.

      May 25, 2011 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Norskejente

      I'm with you dogs rule DVM! With 6 to 8 yrs of college under your belt and a profession you'll have for the rest of your life, it is so much more than what these people do here. Congradulations! In my eyes you are a hero for having compassion in your heart and the desire to help God's other creatures and in helping humans with the animals they love. You are more of a winner and hero then any of these people will ever dream of being. God Bless you and all the animals that will be under your care! Signed, a lover of God's creatures

      May 25, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  16. xfm

    I really don't understand why guys keep winning....over and over again. David Cook... Kris Allen... Lee DeWyze...and now this guy McCreery.... four seasons in a row.... thats MORE than a coincedence. Someone should do an independent investigation of the voting. Then there are great women, like Syesha and Crystal B and Lauren and Haley right there ....it's very male dominant and more than a little weird....is Coca Cola behind this or what? not good at all...

    May 25, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kay Brown

      The focus changed.

      The tv show began as a vehicle for the production arm of BMG to help the recording division of BMG sell records (to produce a chia household name with immediate cash register drawer instead of the trudging marketing required over years to produce a recording megastar).

      However, the Ruben/Clay season changed everything – because the tv show's ratings produced advertising revenues in the Oscarcast realm. Soon, record sales became less lucrative than creating a worldwide brand and franchise.

      May 25, 2011 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      The really good female talent doesn't seem to need AI. See Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Kesha, and Taylor Swift for examples of what I am talking about.

      May 25, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kris

      Are you kidding me? Have listened to anything Kesha or Lady Gaga have ever done? It's all a bunch of synthesized autotune crap.

      May 25, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • moon627

      kris – you are deaf in addition to being stupid if you cant hear what a powerful voice Lady Gaga has regardless of the music

      May 26, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  17. dogs rule

    Michael: He so DID NOT deserve to win. Just because you can get everyone in your trailer park to vote 8 million times doesn't make you a winner. James was the only one who deserved to win.

    May 25, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • -_-

      couldn't agree more, he had all the ingredients

      May 25, 2011 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • xfm

      I liked James; but don't worry, because Constantin (season four) had a great theater/rock voice
      like James, and he just starred in Rock of Ages- and James will be on Broadway too- you can count on it

      May 25, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      James was indeed a good screamer, but he won't have a hit record unless he can find a good established band to attach himself to. And it may come as a surprise to you that I can't stand country music, however I can recognize talent when I see it and can give the young man his due. Perhaps it is because I am more of a metal fan that I think James deserved to lose, because what he does is nothing remotely close to metal. He could do those high pitched runs up the ying yang, but he had no soul. Scotty had soul. Scotty and Casey were the only ones this year who did (well okay, Haley got better in her final weeks).

      May 25, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Laura

      I believe Ryan said there were 122 million votes, so if Scotty's so called trailer park friends voted 8 million times there was still quite a few others voting for him. For all the crying about "rednecks" and mindless people allowing mainstream media to think for them, I have seen a lot of uncouth behavior and just plain bad manners from the people who claimed to be better than them. I liked James too (and Lauren was always my favorite) but I am not going to stoop to mocking a teenage boy and America at large. Such arrogance! GO SCOTTY!

      May 25, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • xfm

      Michael- no James is not metal – he's more musical theater. Constantin, season four had a similar voice and stage presence and Constantin did Broadway. I hope someone (agent) points him in that direction, travelling companies of Rent, Grease etc

      May 25, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Cass

    Haters will always hate. That's too bad. Go Scotty!

    May 25, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  19. dogs rule

    "Me and her have been together since day one, and we are going to stay together," Scotty says of Lauren and himself.
    Here's one hillbilly dude who really should have stayed in school. But then, y'awl don't need no edjecayshun to plow fields and sing at the county fair, y'awl...raaaght?

    May 25, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jahacopo2221

      So, I suppose that you make no allowances for a seventeen year old boy caught up in the excitement of a win as huge as American Idol is. Everybody must speak the Queen's English to be acceptable to you? Just because you are an educated man (I presume, since you claim to be a veterinarian), doesn't give you the right to blast a teenager for a slip of poor grammar on what is arguably the biggest night of his young life. Did you always speak perfect English when you were seventeen? I doubt it. I know many people with a PhD in English who might make just such a slip as Scotty did, when in the heat of the moment. I understand that you're disappointed that your contestant didn't win, and that you're obviously not a fan of country music, but really–does that give you license to be a complete jerk? I'm not particularly fond of country myself, but I can appreciate what a moment like this means to the contestants and their fans, enough not to nitpick at somebody's grammar to make myself feel like I'm superior to them in some way.

      May 25, 2011 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  20. -_-

    Never will I understand the favor for Scotty snotty... he has not grown, done anything different and basically was the weakest one of the whole bunch this season. It has been disappointment upon disappointment this whole show. But I suppose this is what an idol means...marketable, clean cut and nothing new to bring, should make for a quick buck and on to the next... nothing flashy, just busines

    May 25, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Or maybe you just don't know enough about music to know what growth is or understand just how good he is. Maybe next year they will vote for the singer who can scream the loudest and longest and do the most song ending runs and you'll feel better. I don't think Scotty was the most talented (Casey was) or the best vocalist (Pia was), but he was the most confident by far and had the best stage presence. Plus he knows who he is and what kind of an artist he is, which aside from Casey no other contestant could claim. Also Scotty will have the most successful career of all of them, though Haley will also sell a lot of records if she makes good career choices.

      May 25, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • dogs rule

      I agree. If Simon had been there, his comments about A. E. Neuman's boring routines and his lack of variety – "can't -sing-anything-but-country" etc. (not to mention the personality of a dead fish) would have awakened many voters, some of whom must surely have been comatose, to what limited abilities this clown has. I heard that one night he sang the same song THREE times! (I stopped watching when James left). Oh where is Simon when he's needed most!

      May 25, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • -_-

      @ Michael So you give props for confidence and knowing what kind of artist he wants to be. now put James in that same perspective and we'll see a boatload more confidence and determination as to what and who he wants to be as an artist. when it comes to stage presence... I'm sorry...I didn't know that muscular dysfunction in arms and a spine rigid as a telephone pole was the current standard. so in those regards I may indeed not know my music.
      You even agree that he is not the best singer which should definitely be a basic condition in order to win a contest such as this.... O.o

      May 25, 2011 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Until I read your reply I thought you were defending James and criticizing Scotty. My mistake. James' nervousness and pandering cost him big time just like it did Lauren. Scotty did not have to cry after a performance to win votes. He did not have to tell anybody his life sucked up until now and that it will go back to sucking unless he won. And he didn't have to bust a vocal cord to entertain his audience. Anybody who can avoid those pitfalls and still win American Idol must have some star quality.

      May 25, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  21. ScottinSC

    Scotty was a gracious winner. Funny how he stiffed Jack Black with the hugs! And who was that one old guy in the front row – looked like Leon Russell! I didn't care who won but it was fun watching all the guest artists (AI knows how to promote!). How fun for all those kids to sing with all those legends. Fun to watch.

    May 25, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  22. James

    This was a WEAK finale. Scotty was a one-trick-pony and did NOT deserve to win over Lauren and Pia. I will NEVER waste my time on Idol again.

    May 25, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Yes he did deserve to win, and yes you will watch again. Lauren has confidence issues and Pia has no personality. That's why they did not deserve to win.

      May 25, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Nora

    Scotty and Lauren are cute together and sing well together. What a drag they had to go against one another in the show, but the knew how it works.

    May 25, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Cass

    Yay! Congrats Scotty! He's been my fav since the first auditions. So happy for him. Can't wait for the tour! 🙂

    May 25, 2011 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  25. love

    I friggen love Jack Black!!!

    May 25, 2011 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  26. why oh why

    Wow, votefortheworst.com is the best! Scotty, the Mad Magazine guy wins!!!! Priceless...

    May 25, 2011 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Nora

    Yeah, Scotty! Congratulations – you earned it! So happy for you.

    May 25, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Peace

    Lauren took that so well, good for her! Congrat's Scotty ! Thanks for the live blogs, Lisa !

    May 25, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  29. WiderAngle

    Oh stop with the Country Music hating.... I'm not a fan, but he's a good kid and Lauren was a Great Sport being runner up. Be happy for them all! And stop complaining – we have enough crap in this world...

    May 25, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yanz

      It's not "country-hating." I'd much prefer for Lauren to have won.

      May 25, 2011 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • dogs rule

      YES WE DO! And it was the "winner" of AI!!!!!!
      What a creep. UGH!
      At least the bubble-brain was cute. A year from now (actually sooner) no one will remember his name. James and Casey will be rich guys, and Mr Creepy will be back on his tractor y'all!!

      May 25, 2011 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  30. bonniegirl

    Good for Scotty! And he was such a gentleman there...

    May 25, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  31. flora

    ..... ???? worst AI result ever!!!!!

    May 25, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • bb

      Couldn't agree more.

      May 25, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yanz

      So AGREE with you. Was not impressed by him faux-humbleness and his smarmy crooning style.

      May 25, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • dogs rule

      I agree. Truly the creepiest winner ever. UGH! OMG I'm done with Idol after this. I thought it was rigged when what's-his-face beat Adam Lambert; now I am sure of it.

      May 25, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • why oh why

      No, not the worst – FUNNIEST result ever. That is just so awesome that someone who is clearly tone deaf and can't sing a note to save his life is the winner of American Idol.

      This show needs to go down in flames!!!

      May 25, 2011 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Yanz

    BARF! Scott McCreery ranks down there as one of the most undeserving "winners" of this lame contest. I will be switching over to X-Factor when it premiers.

    May 25, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  33. The edge

    Scotty and Lauren could team up!!
    This song is dismal though.....

    May 25, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  34. SmarterthanU

    Scottie = YAWN.

    May 25, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Ike

    Scotty...You are good..Congrats

    May 25, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Fred

    Drudge was right!

    May 25, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Peace

    Oh yes! Dream On !! Take me back to some really fun days!!! Loved it ! S. Tyler still has it !

    May 25, 2011 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  38. WiderAngle

    Before they announce the winner – I am already cringing that Lauren will be absolutely intolerable if she wins...you know that 16 year old over the top thang. Good luck though to whoever is the winner...

    May 25, 2011 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Toniluvsyou

    Yay American Idol is over! No more Lisa Respers France until they come up with something even more mediocre for her to write about. The truth is that we're all winners from that perspective.

    May 25, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisa Respers France, CNN.com writer

      Oh, I'll still be around...being even more awesome!

      May 25, 2011 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Romny


    May 25, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  41. bonniegirl

    Yay, S. Tyler! He's still got the scream!!!

    May 25, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  42. WiderAngle

    OK – is it the sound or should we be doing a little judging ourselves of the "Professionals"... And Gaga seemed to have her performance piped in....

    May 25, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Cass

    Where's Joe Perry? 🙁

    May 25, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Unfortunately they are done. I suspect a lack of willingness of Steven to tour constantly (probably due to health concerns), plus the rest of the band seem to have some jealousy issues.

      May 25, 2011 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  44. bonniegirl

    Have to say, it's been kind of a sucky finale. But this kid singing with Bono is pretty good...

    May 25, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Romny

    Beyonce is rather tiresome too ...

    May 25, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Laura

    Is tonight's Idol sponsored by Coke and Beyonce? We seem to be seeing a lot of her tonight.

    May 25, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Fred

    Censoring comments, huh? Nice. Great journalistic integrity. Oh wait, it's a blog.

    May 25, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Peace

    Ted is absolutely right, the 70s music was the good stuff! (Prob why I can relate to S. Tyler! Lol)

    May 25, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  49. bonniegirl

    Well, there she is! What a beautiful girl!

    May 25, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  50. The edge

    Gaga is on the edge...really?
    I think we knew that!!!!

    May 25, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  51. bonniegirl

    Ha ha, Lisa...clever... 😉

    May 25, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  52. bonniegirl

    Cass – not sure, but I read somewhere that Carrie Underwood will be there (though if it's true or not, who knows), sooo....

    May 25, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Ike

    Did Gaga fall off the stage?

    May 25, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisa Respers France, CNN.com writer

      Ike she "fell" off he edge, but not really. All part of the performance.

      May 25, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Haley Supporter

      We could only hope... love her music but boy that girl is freaky!

      May 26, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  54. Cath

    What a bizarre night of entertainment! Judas Priest, Tom Jones, Tony Bennet, Jack Black, The Crypt Keeper... Oh, I mean Mark Anthony. Who is next – The Partridge Family?

    May 25, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Romny

    Kinda bored with Gaga!

    May 25, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  56. bonniegirl

    Lisa – I know! Is this just an "Idol" thing you do, or will you be doing this for "X Factor" or something else?

    May 25, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisa Respers France, CNN.com writer

      I blog other shows, but you will have to keep rolling with Marquee to see if I blog "X Factor." LOL!

      May 25, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  57. juliejet

    Prince strikes me as thinking he is "too cool" for Idol...

    May 25, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Cass

    Can I just say... is this a random sequence of performers, or is it just me? I would have died if Prince performed.

    May 25, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • bonniegirl

      Nah, it's not just you. Some odd choices. Bring Tim McGraw back out, lol...

      May 25, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cass

      haha alright 😛 but yes, I did like Tim McGraw. I wonder who Lauren is going to sing with?

      May 25, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  59. bonniegirl

    Lol @ James and Casey! Funny guys.... Yeah, and JLo and Marc Anthony were pretty hot up there.

    May 25, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • jross

      Best part of the show. LMAO a Pia in the tiara and the "Most Shocking" banner, too funny! Great skit, wonder who wrote it.

      May 26, 2011 at 2:44 am | Report abuse |
  60. Ike

    So M Anthony made his wife Dance to his Music.....wow...

    May 25, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  61. csnsc

    Sorry meant to say my 2nd ever post on this blog

    May 25, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  62. csnsc

    Dont realy care who wins this season but luvin the show tonite. And please note: I was first comment and 2nd post EVER on this site

    May 25, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • KayBrown

      I hope Scotty carefully studies the tape, and instead of emulating the voice, carefully reviews the body language and posture of Tim McGraw. Scotty's biggest need for improvement is to stop hugging himself around the waist with his free hand, or doing limp wrist-rolls with it, and to only use a deep knee-bend once in a song, not during every line. I look forward to purchasing his first cd.

      May 25, 2011 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  63. juliejet

    My Lord, Scotty is good. He totally held his own with Tim McGraw. Totally want him as the American Idol

    May 25, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  64. bonniegirl

    Hi, Lisa – and I soooo agree – Tim McGraw is one hot man! They sounded great together.

    May 25, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisa Respers France, CNN.com writer

      Hey bonniegirl! Gonna miss you guys when this season is over 🙁

      May 25, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tammy

      CONGRATULATIONS LAUREN! You won the right to handle your own career the way YOU want to. Scotty, you did a good job with Tim McGraw, but a TRUE star would have been able to contain his emotions and be professional while singing their last song for the season. Nevertheless Scotty, God speed!

      May 25, 2011 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Bill

    Gosh i jsut cant stand the top 2. Im trying to not be a troll but it really should be called pop idol or country idol. sorry.

    May 25, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Bill

    Gosh i jsut canyt stand the top 2. Im trying to not be a troll but it really shoulb be called pop idol or country idol. sorry.

    May 25, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  67. TheNumber

    I sure miss James. Very talented young man and performing is so natural for him. Looking forward to taking my son to see him live someday.

    Best of luck to the remaining kids.

    May 25, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  68. ike

    Scotty is actually good...I never gave him a chickens chance and now I feel bad....lol.. He sings that song so well ...actually better than the "star"

    May 25, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fancy

      Glad that you can admit it....he is a star and a great talent!

      May 25, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tammy

      Scotty the phuqqtard surprised the hell out of me. Why couldn't you and didn't you sing like that during the season, I MIGHT have liked you more. Tim McGraw was either giving you your moment, or his vocals have really gone to chit. Scotty the phuqqtard really impressed me tonight. Do me a favor? Don't try to emulate anyone after this, bring stuff out that you can do and will be known for as an original, not a knock off. Get rid of the "baby turn them lights down low" schtick, it's so your dad and not you! I've actually enjoyed you so far tonight. Thanks for bringing your A game tonight, I've been waiting for it ALL season long. You MIGHT have a chance of having more than a 15 minutes of fame career. I so want you to prove me wrong, you're a good kid.

      May 25, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bakeybabe

      I so agree with you Ike- I have to admit I love Scotty from the start- what a refreshing voice and kid! he definitely sang better than the original artist last night - Way to go, Scotty!

      May 26, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  69. Ted

    James music isnt really metal. If you grew up in the 70s it is just music. The way music is actually supposed to sound.

    May 25, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Cass

    Hmmmm TLC. I didn't know they were still around. But I still know all of their lyrics haha ^_^

    May 25, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Ted

    James performs music I would actually pay to hear. I am really not a country music type person.

    May 25, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Ike

    I'd always love Haley

    May 25, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Ike

    Whats the point in singing old Beyonce tunes? That was a waste of air-time...

    May 25, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Kris

    "Heavy metal is not my thing, but Durbin is giving it everything he has."

    Of course heavy metal is not your thing. You and the rest of the country have your heads so far up the mainstream's backside. Otherwise, we wouldn't be enduring a redneck finale. Scotty is an Alan Jackson wannabe, and Lauren just sucks. God forbid somebody with some originality actually wins something in the United States.

    May 25, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fancy

      Sorry you are so narrow minded at talent and what is deemed worthy. I bet you are the bully we hear so much about on the news. It's your way or no way!!!!

      May 25, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Terry

      And Kris goes to show how much you don't watch the show. Scotty is a Josh Turner wanna be. Learn your rednecks.

      May 26, 2011 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
    • BakeyBabe

      Let me just remind you, Kris that most of these American Idol winners did not come from the city of NY or from Hollywood, Dude! But they are all making money you cannot imagine yourself having... so the best thing is to just keep the irritating comments in the "low". Carrie Underwood came from the "Redneck" area as well. look where she is now...maybe much better than you and us...
      You like the Rock and Roll guy, James D- he's great but not my type- I hate the screeching sound he makes but not him! for me it's not MUSIC – in my opinion-have a great day, Kris!

      May 26, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  75. ike

    Casey and Jack Black...what a Hilarious duo....:)

    May 25, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Dan

    James Durbin is my "American Idol"....Dude is just fearless and what a F***ing RANGE!

    May 25, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  77. K

    Ryan's estimate of the US pop is a little off – 311 million, not 244 million

    May 25, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Ann

    Thanks a lot for blogging! I'm stranded without a TV, so I'll be checking in for the next two hours. Rooting for Scotty.

    May 25, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  79. ike

    wow what a night... Lets enjoy...Love the Jacob and Franklin thing but James d was amazing to watch...

    May 25, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Canadian gal

    First time in a long time that I don't have a favorite. Not even watching it on tv, but will read your blog out of curiosity!! Enjoy the show!!

    May 25, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  81. csnsc

    First !

    May 25, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • pretty piper

      Beyonce that song was horrible...u need to re-hire your Dad as manager....Awful....as talented as you are and lady gaga stripping as usual thank God the camera from home wasn't up close...Finally Steve Tyler Dream on Timeless,,,,,,

      May 25, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aaron

      Do you think Scotty deserved to win? Vote in the poll below!


      May 26, 2011 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Al

      The problem with AI is this, I knew from the first day I heard Scotty that he would be impossible to beat because he fits so tightly with the target demographic. So then it's about the demographics and not about the talent. Scotty is not a bad singer or performer and he can do country like no body's business. Lauren got better as she went along, but is Lauren better than Pia and James? You might like Lauren better, but is she a better singer than those two? More talent? No way

      May 26, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
    • bob gregory

      And... he can sing both kinds of music, country and western!

      May 26, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |

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