Who has what it takes to be the next American Idol - Crystal Bowersox or Lee DeWyze? Crystal, the mom and musician, was the obvious choice in the beginning of the season. She had a soulful voice and unique style. But Lee, the dark horse, came out of nowhere, blindsiding everyone and challenging the rest of the contestants to do their best. Both Crystal and Lee deserve to be in the finals. They rocked it and stayed true to themselves throughout the competition. No matter who won, I wasn't going to be too disappointed.
In tonight's episode before the season finale, the contestants performed their favorite song of the season, a song chosen by producer Simon Fuller and the song they will record if they win the competition. We could all expect to hear a good song, a challenging song, and a really corny song. I'm sure you can guess which descriptions go with which songs. Here's how the contestants matched up against each other in each round:
Round 1: Lee DeWyze "The Boxer" vs Crystal Bowersox "Me and Bobby McGee" - Lee was eating Crystal's dust on this one. He choice a great song but his delivery fell flat compared to Crystal's energetic performance. Round 1: Crystal Bowersox
Round 2: Lee DeWyze "Everybody Hurts" vs Crystal Bowersox "Black Velvet" - This was an interesting song choice for Lee. It's not a single I'd expect out of him but I thought it had a lot of potential. Unfortunately Lee held himself back and didn't let loose. It was obvious that Crystal was uncomfortable in her wardrobe and having to prance around stage, but that girl can raise the roof with her voice! She was amazing. Round 2: Crystal Bowersox!
Round 3: Lee DeWyze "Beautiful Day vs Crystal Bowersox "Up to the Mountain" - Well, well, well. This round was a surprise. The contestants didn't have to sing a lame song tailored specifically for Idol as they have in seasons past. They get to do remakes of good songs! I prefer the U2 song Lee sang, but Crystal's performance was far superior. There was no awkwardness. It was completely natural. Simon's last critique ever on Idol was directed to Crystal for this performance. He said to her with a smile on his face, "That was outstanding." Round 3: Crystal Bowersox
Wow! Crystal Bowersox completely took over this episode of American Idol. She proved she's not just a singer but an artist as well. I'm proud of the performances she put on this evening. I love Lee, but after tonight, Crystal deserves to win.
Who do you think put on the best performances tonight on American Idol?