American Idol

FOX (ended 2016)




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  • The special performances tonight (and some extra info on some):

    Top 12 Ft. Alice Cooper- "School's Out" by Alice Cooper
    Kris Allen-"The Truth"
    Siobhan Magnus & Aaron Kelly Ft. Barry Gibb & Robin Gibb- "How Deep Is Your Love?" by Bee Gees
    Michael Lynche Ft. Michael McDonald- "Takin' It to the Streets" by The Doobie Brothers
    Top 6 Girls sang "Beautiful" by Christina Aguilera and then she joined them and all sang  "Fighter" she then sang "You Lost Me" alone.
    Top 6 Boys sang "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)" by Hall and Oats and than they joined them on stage to sing "Maneater" and "You Make My Dreams"
    Crystal Bowersox sang "Ironic" by Alanis Morissette and then she joined her and they sang "You Oughta Know"
    Carrie Underwood-"Undo It"
    Casey James Ft. Bret Michaels- "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" by Poison
    Lee DeWyze Ft. Chicago: "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?", "If You Leave Me Now" and "25 or 6 to 4" by Chicago
    Larry Platt and Willam Hung-"Pants on the Ground"
    Many former contestants sang a tribute song to Simon. The song was "Together We Are One" by Delta Goodman. The previous winners came out in order (minus Jordin and Taylor who switched) and then other Idols joined them. David Cook was the only past winner that was not there as he had prior engagements. However, due to performing earlier in the season, every previous winner performed this season (this has not been done since season 3 when there were only 2 previous winners). The following is a list of all the contestants who were apart of the tribute:  Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks, Kris Allen, Ace Young, Allison Iraheta, Anoop Desai, Blake Lewis, Bo Bice, Brooke White, Chris Richardson, Constantine Maroulis, David Archuleta, Diana DeGarmo, Elliott Yamin, Jason Castro, Justin Guarini, Kimberly Caldwell, Kristy Lee Cook, Matt Giraud, Melinda Doolittle, Michael Johns, Mikalah Gordon and Vonzell Solomon as well as this season's Top 12
    Top 12 sang Janet Jackson's "Again," and at the end she joined them then sang "Nothing," and "Nasty" by herself
    Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox Ft. Joe Cocker- "With a Little Help from My Friends" by The Beatles. This is the first time the the Top 2 sing with someone else and not a duet (last season Queen never sang just played)

  • The Ford Music video was "My Wish" by Rascal Flatts. Lee and Crystal sang in front of a screen which showed other Ford Video clips.

  • Due to this being Simon's last season there were a number of videos shown (one which had Rickey Gervais in it) which chronicled his journey. Dane Cook came on stage to perform a song called "Simon Said" which took actually mean things Simon has said over the years and put in his song. Towards the end former contestants, Norman Gentle, Tatiana Del Toro, Ian Bernardo, Janet McNamara, Renaldo Lapuz, and the Bertnam twins, came up and joined him. Ian went and grabbed the mic and started yelling at Simon saying he would replace him. While it was planned for them to go on stage, the grabbing of the mic was not, and so they cut to commercial early. The next day Dane Cook tweeted that the full song would be on iTunes. Paula also returned for the first time since leaving and did a bit of a comedy routine on stage. Later former Idol contestants sang a song (note in list of special performances), and then Simon came up and thanked everyone.

  • Semi-Finalist from this season Janell Wheeler was in Crystal's home town of Toledo and Season 3 contestant Matt Rogers was in Lee's hometown of Mount Prospect, reporting.

  • Every year the Idol's Top 2 get Ford cars, but this year they got ones that had the custom designs they made earlier in the season. Kris Allen was there to hand them their keys.

  • Actors David Hasselhoff and Lori Laughlin were in the audience tonight.

  • At the start of Kris Allen's song, Ryan's mic was still on and you could hear him talking.

  • Ryan said that coming into the performance night Lee and Crystal had only been separated by 2% of the votes.

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  • 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.

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  • Celebrity Blogger Perez Hilton was in the audience.

  • Travis Garland performed "Believe" and Justin Bieber performed some of "U Smile" and "Baby", as a sort of mash up.

  • Durring his elimination song the show went into a mini commercial break and showed a TD commercial, then went back and showed the end of Casey's performance.

  • After being eliminated Casey sang "Daughters".

  • The Ford Music Video was "Wild One (Real Wild Child) by Johnny O'Keefe. The Idols use stencils to spray paint themselves on a wall. The spray painted versions come alive and sing. When the real Idols get in a car and drive the spray paint versions get upset and spray paint their own car and drive off.

  • There was no Group Number.

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