So how do you feel, American Idolators, after Lee DeWyze clinched the Season 9 crown in what Ryan Seacrest declared was a narrow two percent difference in amount of votes? Our poll in the right sidebar shows that the majority of you were supporting Crystal Bowersox. Personally, we were supporting the awesomeness that was Daryl Hall and John Oates performing “You Make My Dreams”! (Hey, it’s better than Lee’s lackluster cover of “Beautiful Day”—which is now available on iTunes, BTW.) After the jump: we’ve got all the performances of the night—Janet! Alanis! Carrie Underwood! Bret Michaels! GENERAL LARRY PLATT and WILLIAM HUNG!!!—and, in case you missed it, the final moments when Lee won this season of American Idol.
We’ll start off with the tense moments when Ryan had Crystal and Lee on the stage before announcing the winner:
There’s no denying Lee was genuinely choked up. And, somehow, the rush of emotion enabled him to give a far better performance of U2′s “Beautiful Day” than the one from Tuesday night. But we just kind of want to fast forward to the part where he releases some original music already—so we can rant on about how much better Crystal’s album is!
Oh, we kid. We kid. (Sort of…) But before moving on to all the performances, here’s another highlight from last night—the return of Paula Abdul, and her farewell speech to Simon Cowell!
Top 12 Contestants, Orianthi and Alice Cooper, “School’s Out”
Kris Allen, “The Truth”
Siobhan Magnus, Aaron Kelly and Bee Gees, “How Deep Is Your Love”
Michael Lynche and Michael McDonald, “Takin’ It To The Street”
Top 6 Girls, “Beautiful/Fighter” and Christina Aguilera, “You Lost Me”
Top 6 Guys, “I Can’t Go For That/Maneater” and Hall & Oates, “You Make My Dreams”
Crystal Bowersox and Alanis Morissette, “Ironic/You Oughta Know”
Carrie Underwood, “Undo It”
Casey James and Bret Michaels, “Every Rose Has Its Thorn”
Lee DeWyze and Chicago, “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is/If You Leave Me Now/25 Or 6 To 4″
General Larry Platt and William Hung, “Pants On The Ground”
Janet Jackson, “Again/Nothing/Nasty”
Lee DeWyze, Crystal Bowersox and Joe Cocker, “With A Little Help From My Friends”