AMERICAN IDOL Recap: IDOL Delivers Fantastic Finale and Crowns a Worthy Champion

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AMERICAN IDOL Recap: IDOL Delivers Fantastic Finale and Crowns a Worthy Champion

A journey that started nearly a year ago officially ended tonight. From tens of thousands auditioning last summer to one being named the 13th American Idol. For my money, Caleb Johnson and Jena Irene were not only the two most deserving contenders for this season's crown, but they were so by a wide margin. The contentment with knowing that either would be a worthy champion added to a show that returned to the bygone era when IDOL Finales were the highlight of each TV season.

Tonight's finale opened not with Ryan Seacrest's traditional "This is AMERICAN IDOL," but instead with a nice callback to the auditions, that led into Caleb wailing on "We Will rock You" by Queen and Jena coming to the stage backed by four female punk dancers while singing No Doubt's "I'm Just a Girl". The two then got together on Tina Turner and Bryan Adams' "It's Only Love." This was a great, high energy way to open the show, a sign of many more exciting (and some perplexing) performances yet to come.

I'm not going to critique each of tonight's performances, as this is a celebration of all that was good this season, and there was good this season. But I will provide short, sometimes snarky, reviews of each song (I will be back with pictures of each performance as soon as FOX makes them available).

Sam Woolf and Phillip Phillips
"Home" and "Raging Fire"
Six-Word Review:
Was Sam Woolf's mic even on?

Jennifer Nettles and Jessica Meuse
"That Girl" and "Wrecking Ball"
Six-Word Review:
Who needs the rest of Sugarland?

Jennifer Lopez
"First Love"
Three-Word Review:
What the wind?

KISS and Caleb Johnson
"Love Gun" and "Shout it Outloud"
Six-Word Review:
Where is Caleb's makeup and leather?

I love Bad Lipreading as much as anyone, but what was the purpose of that on the IDOL finale?

Aloe Blacc and The Idol Men
"The Man"
Six-Word Review:
Group singing turns good song terrifying

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