American Idol

Season 9 Episode 42

Crystal Bowersox Vs Lee DeWyze

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM May 25, 2010 on FOX
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Crystal Bowersox Vs Lee DeWyze
The final two contestants take the stage to battle it out on the last performance show of the season at the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. One will be the next American Idol, and one will be sent home. Tune in to see who impresses the judges and who buckles under pressure live.

Tonight's Theme Is:Contestant's Favorite Song, Simon Fuller's Choice, & Winning Single

Performing Tonight Are:
Crystal Bowersox
Lee Dewyzemoreless
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  • final two

    Last week on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon the host plugged the Idol finale by saying it is between Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze, or as you'll be saying in six months, "Who?". And I think he was right.

    These two singers are not that bad, but I cannot see myself being a fan of either. Crystal just is too annoying, and Lee's voice is not strong enough for me to have any interest in music he may produce, even if it is meaningful.

    I'm sure Idol will pop a decent number tomorrow night, but I don't know if it's that big a deal anymore. I'm rooting for none of them to win.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

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  • NOTES (7)

    • Songs sung tonight:
      Lee DeWyze-"The Boxer" by Simon & Garfunkel 
      Crystal Bowersox-"Me and Bobby McGee" by Roger Miller
      Lee DeWyze-"Everybody Hurts" by R.E.M.
      Crystal Bowersox-"Black Velvet" Alannah Myles
      Lee DeWyze-"Beautiful Day" by U2
      Crystal Bowersox-"Up to the Mountain (MLK Song)" by Solomon Burke

      *Both Winner's songs are not originals, and are only the 2nd and 3rd ones to be so (first was Ruben's in Season 2). This is also the first time BOTH winner's songs are not originals.

    • Crystal Bowersox is the last contestant that Simon ever critiqued on the show. He gave a positive one calling her performance "outstanding".

    • Crystal had won the coin toss and chose to go second.

    • This is the second time the Top 2 both auditioned in the same city. The first was in Season 6.

    • This is the second time that both the Top 2 were never in the Bottom 2/3, with the first being Season 7. This is the third time that the runner-up has not been in the Bottom 2/3, with the first being Clay Aiken (S2) the second being David Archuleta (S7). This is the sixth time that the winner has not be in the Bottom 2/3. And they the 8th and 9th contestants to do so.

    • Crystal becomes the first female in the Top 2 since Jordin Sparks in Season 6.

    • Both Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox's initial auditions were shown during the audition episodes, however, neither of their auditions were shown in the episode from the city in which they actually auditioned in. This makes them the first winner and runner up to have their auditions aired during the "Best of the Rest" episode.