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During the Top 12 performance of "With a Little Help From My Friends" Gina trips on the stairs. It is a bit noticeable, but what makes it really obvious is a few seconds later they show her on stage and she is laughing about it.
Before Bette Midler performed Ryan and Brad Garret were in judges seats with no sign of Simon or Paula. Part way through her song though it showed both Simon and Paula at the judges table.
After Carrie Underwood performed "I'll Stand by You", Clive Davis gave a speech extolling the state of "the American Idol album franchise", then presented Underwood with a special award for achieving 6 million U.S. album sales for her album Some Hearts.
The gentleman that helps Margaret Fowler out of her chair is Nigel Lythgoe, one of the executive producers of American Idol.
Ryan:And the Winner is... Jordin Sparks!!
Ryan: Simon, you already look bored.
Simon: Because I´m listening to you.
As with last year there are a special awards show called the Golden Idols awards. The following are all the categories, winners and special notes about each.
1. Best Presentation:
-Margaret Fowler (Winner) She came up on the stage in her all yellow costume and thanked people. She also read a poem she wrote and part way throw her phone rang. Ryan picked it up and said "she is on national TV can you call her back?"
2. Most Original Vocal:
- Nicolas Zittsman
-Sholandric Stallwoth (Winner) He came out on stage and sang without a mic to show how loud he was. When presenting him, Ryan said the back of the auditorium would see him, but it is obvious he meant hear him.
3. Best Buddies:
-Jonathan and Kenneth (Winners) They came out on stage, accepted the award and talked about Simon's bush baby comment. Ryan then showed a picture of a real one and said AI was sponsoring one on Kenneth's behalf and its name was Simon.
-Amanda and Antonella
-Ryan and Simon
A new record of votes was set. A total of 72 million votes were casted.
The Performances tonight:
-Blake LewisandJordin Sparks- "I Saw Her Standing There" by The Beatles. First time the Top 2 duet was first. Usually it is at the end, with the exception of Season 4 where it was close to the beginning but not first.
-Gwen Stefani-"4 in the Morning" via satellite as she was on tour
-Kelly Clarkson-"Never Again".
-Top 6 male finalists sing "Ooo Baby Baby", then are joined bySmokey Robinsonfor a medley of "Being with You" and "The Tears of a Clown".
-Blake Lewis beatboxed withDoug E. Fresh, performing variations upon "The Show".
-Top 6 female finalists- "I Heard It Through the Grapevine", then are joined byGladys Knightto sing a medley of "I Feel a Song (In My Heart)" and "Midnight Train to Georgia".
-Tony Bennett-"For Once in My Life".
Melinda Doolittle-"Hold Up the Light" withBeBeandCeCe Winans, with whom she used to sing backup.
-Carrie Underwoodsang her charity single "I'll Stand by You".
-TheAfrican Children's Choirperformed.
-Sanjaya Malakar- "You Really Got Me" withJoe PerryofAerosmithas well as an appearance by "The Crying Girl", Ashley Ferl.
-Green Dayperformed their charity single "Working Hero". This was a pre-filmed performance, originally scheduled to be shown on Idol Gives Back.
-Taylor Hicks- "Heaven Knows".
-Ruben Studdard, with Jordin Sparks-"You're All I Need to Get By" by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell.
-Bette Midlersang "Wind Beneath My Wings".
-An ensemble tribute toSgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Bandwith the pastIdolwinners as well as the top 12. Included were portions of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" featuring Kelly Clarkson and Joe Perry, "A Day in the Life" featuring Taylor Hicks, "She's Leaving Home" featuring Carrie Underwood, "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" featuring Ruben Studdard, and "With a Little Help from My Friends" from the top 12.
-After winning Jordin Sparks performed the songwriter contest winning single "This Is My Now".
The song that the contestants sang in the Ford music video was "Time After Time" by Cyndi Lauper. The video was of bloopers from every music video shown this season. The entire Top 12 sang the song.
Jordin Sparks is the fourth female to win in the series. The other three are Kelly Clarkson from Season One, Fantasia Barrino in Season Three and Carrie Underwood in Season Four.
Blake Lewis is the fourth male runner-up in the series. The other three were Justin Guarrini from Season One, Clay Aiken from Season Two and Bo Bice from Season Four.
Jeff Foxworthy, Jerry Springer, Teri Hatcher, Justin Guarini, Brad Garrett, Joely Fisher, Ace Young, Jennifer Hudson, David Hasselhoff, David Alan Grier and Constantine Maroulis were all in the audience.
Fantasia Barrino was the only former American Idol winner not to appear in this episode.
Jordin Sparks is the youngest among the previous winners of American Idol at the young age of 17.
This is a 2 hour & 8 minute episode and also marks the first time a season finale in the series ran late.
The theme the band plays when Margaret Fowler accepts her golden idol contains the base line from Sesame Street, mainly because the honoree resembles Big Bird.
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