Will Young performed this season's elimination song "Leave Right Now" at the end of the episode.
Season 5 contestant Kevin Covais was in the audience.
During Lee's first song there is an odd camera angle shown.
At the beginning of the episode when Crystal is walking down the aisle she drops the mic. Later on, she thinks she walked to far and so she goes back to a marked spot, and then she looks at a producer and then continues walking.
Only the first song from each contestant had a video clip before it.
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.
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