American Idol Season 12 Finale Recap: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Finalists [Updated]

american-idol-candice-kree-winner“Either way, we’re gonna celebrate tonight.”

With six simple words, Kree Harrison summed up what most American Idol fans have been feeling for the last fortnight. I mean, seriously, once we got down to what Loleatta Holloway once referred to as “the reeeeeallll nitty gritty” of the competition — by which I mean a righteous Top 3 of  Candice Glover, Kree and third-place finisher Angie Miller — how could you really be too upset about where the chips ended up falling?

Oh sure, executive producer Nigel Lythgoe stacked the Top 20 deck with powerhouse ladies and guys with questionable voter appeal in his effort to get a female winner. But as the kind of lunatic who’s watched every single episode of Idol since Kelly Clarkson was just a Texas waitress in a dress she made out of an old pair of jeans, I’d go so far as to say any single member of the Season 12 Top 5 would’ve been a worthy addition to the undeniably awesome list of the franchise’s champions: Kelly, Ruben, Fantasia, Carrie, Taylor, Jordin, David, Kris, Lee, Scotty and Phillip. From where I sit, that’s a pretty darn good season.

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Sure, that’s easy for me to say in retrospect since my No. 1 and No. 2 favorite contestants made it all the way to the final round. Candice had a hold on my heart from her Season 11 Vegas Round trio with Deandre Brackensick and Jessica Sanchez, then confirmed my obsession with her torrid “Syrup & Honey” Season 12 audition, her Group Round “Hit ‘Em Up Style (Oops!),” and an incredible string of live performances that stacks up pretty well against any singer who’s ever taken the Idol stage: “Ordinary People,” “I’m Goin’ Down,” “I (Who Have Nothing),” “Come Together,” “Don’t Make Me Over,” “Lovesong,” “Straight Up” “When I Was Your Man,” “You’ve Changed,” “Next to Me,” “Somewhere,” “I Am Beautiful,” and “I (Who Have Nothing)” a capella reprisal. #POW (That was for you, Mariah.)

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Kree Harrison’s Greatest Season 12 Hits was a damn fine compliation, too, starting with her Hollywood solo on “Stars,” and continuing with “Up to the Mountain (MLK Song),” “Stronger,” “Evidence,” “Crying,” “What the World Needs Now Is Love,” “Help Me Make It Through the Night,” “A Whiter Shade of Pale,” “See You Again,” “Here Comes Goodbye,” “All Cried Out,” and her “Up to the Mountain” reprisal.

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Of course, just because we wound up with two incredible finalists isn’t to say Season 12 didn’t have its deep, deep valleys. Too much focus on the judges and the kind of petty slapfights that — at least in Casa Slezak — would result in a two-minute time out in the Naughty Chair. Too little innovation and not enough creativity in choosing fresh, exciting themes to challenge (but still bring out the best) in the contestants. Too many songs we’ve heard a dozen times before, too much micromanagement of the outcome, not enough “Contestant’s Choice,” and…oh LET ME QUIT RANTING AND GET TO THE RECAP.

Much like Season 12 itself, tonight’s two-plus-hour finale had its own highs (Janelle, Angie and Candice’s respective duets) and its baffling low points (a Mariah “hologram” performance; J.Lo squeaking the same song she’s released for six straight years; Aretha performing via…FaceTime? Skype? Wha?; Lazaro snapping his gum and trying to steal focus from the winner’s celebratory moment). So let’s break it all the way down (in chronological order)…

* After 12 seasons of Idol, I’m aware that it’s a tough task to sound-mix a big group number, but the way the backing track steamrolled the Top 10 singing “Glad You Came” made the performance feel as organic as a gallon of melted Velveeta (in a Styrofoam container). Why not just give the dancers the night off, have the finalists sit on stools and deliver a stripped-down version where we could hear their individual voices? Then again, witnessing Curtis Finch “shoot the peacock” while absolutely no sound came out of his mic, perhaps it was a blessing in disguise?

* It was nice how Mariah and Nicki’s season-long rivalry ended tonight with a game of “Whose Dress/Shoes Combo Will Make for a More Treacherous Walk From Backstage and to the Judges’ Table?” Somewhere, Gloria Steinem is shaking her head, dahhhling.

* I’m gonna come right out and say it: somewhere in the past three weeks, Janelle Arthur transformed herself from a really excellent American Idol finalist into a budding superstar. Her duet with The Band Perry on “Done” — damn, I am downloading that jam first thing tomorrow — was raucous, delightful, beautifully sung, fiercely choreographed/hair-eographed and downright incredible. I’m not sure if those firepots were meant to go off during the performance or if Janelle just activated ‘em with all the heat of her performance. Major label execs: Sign this gal! (And if you have any doubts, listen to her original song “Young and Reckless,” then sign her.)

* I’ll admit I guffawed four or five times during the pre-taped comedy package about the Season 12 ladies sabotaging their male counterparts. Funniest bit: Janelle gleefully tampering with Lazaro’s sheet music so he’d miss the key change on “Close to You.” The final reveal of Jordin Sparks as the mastermind — pointing out that her task was made easier by the fact that none of the guys played guitar, and then reminding said dudes that “Idol leftovers” have been doing well on The Voice — was the whipped cream on the Frappuccino.

* I know the Top 5 guys got a lot of flack for their general lack of luster in Season 12, but alas, their work on that Frankie Valli medley didn’t do much to turn that perception around. Also, was it me or did it sound like a backing track kicked in and the guys’ mics got switched off once the 79-year-old legend took the stage and took over lead-vocal duty? Le sigh.

* Okay, let’s have an honest chat about Mariah Carey’s “performance.” I know it got pre-taped on Wednesday night. And I know some of her fans have taken to Twitter to say that she really and truly sang her medley of hits and that the producers of the show just did a bad job of “dubbing”/”cutting” the various shots and whatnot. But honestly, however you slice it, this was a failure of epic proportions. As Mariah stood immobilized by her long white gown, and cameras carefully cut to all of her most flattering angles, we heard what sounded like disembodied snippets of her greatest hits get carelessly patched together. Meanwhile, the Lady Carey’s mouth moved out of sync with the music, as if a film-school student had dubbed the performance in Korean, then Hebrew, then French and then (hastily) back into English. If she’d performed this on the Holodeck of the Enterprise, it would have somehow made sense, maybe? But seeing how this was her final act in a high-paying gig that had her judging the vocals, musicality and performance style of young singers who clearly look up to her, would it have been too much to ask for the woman to pick up a mic during the actual live telecast and simply sing? Hashtag: Lame. *And yes, I am holding her to a ridiculously high standard. SHE’S MARIAH FREAKIN’ CAREY!

* Anyone else find it slightly odd that, a mere week after Candice covered “Next to Me” on Top 3 performance night, that the producers had Amber Holcomb reprise it for the finale as a duet with the show’s new spirit animal Emeli Sandé? The gals sounded really solid together, but if I’m being honest, Amber looked reluctant to dig deep and connect with her major-label sparring partner. And that kinda bummed me out.

* Psy sang “Gentleman,” though I like his shtick better when he’s backed by dancing pistachios. (What? I’m trying to be nice for once.) Might’ve helped if he’d bothered to raise the microphone up to his lips every once in a while, though, no?

* Keith Urban broke out his new single “Little Bit of Everything.” And while it’s not exactly a game-changing kind of ditty, I love the fact that dude always comes off like he’d have just as much fun playing for some fireflies and junebugs next to some bonfire embers in the backyard as he does playing for an audience of (hopefully?) 15 million.

candice-glover-jennifer-hudson* I injured my hand pounding the side of my armchair (while whooping like an idiot) for the duration of Candice’s duet with Jennifer Hudson on “Inseparable.” (Can this collaboration PLEEEEEEASE be on Candice’s debut CD?) I didn’t even take notes while it happened because I threw my pen about 11 seconds in, and was not going to take my eyes off the screen anyhow. Candice’s clarity, her power, her phrasing, her internalization of the lyrics! J.Hud’s vibrato, her bombast, her grit, and her megawatt energy! You combine these things and it’s just…I mean…I don’t have the right superlatives to take you there. You just need to go to YouTube and watch it. But suffice to say when Nicki and Randy are waving their arms and having a musicgasm (gross, but true) in unison, that we’ve reached some God-just-brushed-your-arm-level SANGING.

angie-miller-adam-lambert* If that wasn’t enough for you, how about Angie, at the piano, lilting along to “Titanium,” and then the camera pans and there’s ADAM LAMBERT!? I loved the aching restraint the duo showed as they slowed David Guetta and Sia’s high-octane dance hit into an inspirational ballad. Adam, who we know from “Slow Ride” (take it EEE-ZAY!) is a generous duet partner, really allowed Angie to set the tone and grab more than her share of the juicy parts of “Titanium” — as it should be considering this is Angie’s season, y’know? (I did love when both of ‘em unleashed in the final moments, though…good stuff.)

* Adam proved just as gracious when he stepped aside so Angie could share the stage with her idol Jessie J., who hopped across the pond from London for a last-minute throw-down with the gal who covered her four times this season. (I hope Angie gets a small percentage of Jessie’s 2013 U.S. sales, yes?) Their rendition of “Domino” was a frothy confection with spot-on vocals and a bit of amped-up drama at the ending. Even better for Angie? Jessie admitting that her appearance had prevented Angie from performing her debut single “You Set Me Free,” and agreeing to do a show with her in London this summer as a consolation prize. Um, who says finishing third is such a bad thing?

* Kree’s duet with Keith on “Where the Blacktop Ends” seemed, well, a little less well thought-out than Angie, Kree Candice and Janelle’s collaborations, perhaps? I mean, girlfriend was so fab all season, but never really gave any indication that an uptempo, beers-on-the-bar jam was her cup of mocha chocolata ya ya. Why couldn’t Uncle Nigel have brought in Bonnie Raitt or Susan Tedeschi or Carrie Underwood or Wynonna for Kreedom? Ah well, it was still a solid effort, even if Kree’s vocals seemed to get a tad lost in the mix.

* Idol said a formal farewell to Randy Jackson. And here, I say a formal good riddance! (That one was for Haley Reinhart, dawg! #NeverEverForget)

Aretha-Franklin-Idol* Um, so the legendary Aretha Franklin doesn’t like to fly. And so she appeared via satellite from New York to sing a medley of hits — did I mention I despise medleys, even when they are made up of some of the greatest soul songs ever? Meanwhile, the Top 5 girls — the people most responsible for the ad revenue Fox raked in on the show from January to May — stood underneath said screen and acted as background singers whose mics were set to “low.” (Maybe this is how Aretha ensures no up-and-coming divas make eye contact with her?) How this idea made its way from some associate producer’s brainstorming pitch to actualized seven-minute segment is as patently ridiculous as the sight of Devin Velez in leopard stretch pants with a “Nicki Minaj booty.”

* J.Lo showed off her world-class backside lip-sync skills on the same god-awful track. (Yes, of course Pitbull is on it!) (No, I didn’t think it was worth Googling the song title.) (AND NOBODY WANTS YOU BACK FOR SEASON 13, LADY!)

* All week long I’d been looking forward to a Candice Glover-Kree Harrison duet, and then they got stuck with “One Less Bell to Answer”/”A House Is Not a Home” — the same exact songs Candice sang with Amber back in Top 6 Week. WHY???? Fox’s reality chief Mike Darnell told me back in January that expense really isn’t an issue when it comes to song clearances, so again I ask, WHY??? Okay, the ladies sounded lovely as usual, but I feel like the selected tracks — and the fact that it was placed mere seconds before the winner’s announcement — robbed us of what should have been a true Season 12 moment.

You know what was a moment, though? Kree and Candice cradled in one another’s arms as Ryan Seacrest prepared to reveal the news for which we’d been waiting all night.

Candice-Glover-Confetti-ShowerTHE WINNER OF AMERICAN IDOL SEASON 12 IS…
CANDICE FLIPPIN’ GLOVER!

Tears streamed down my face. I won’t even pretend that didn’t happen. Wow. This girl is on fire. She had come out with passion and ferocity from the moment she auditioned, and she never really lost focus. Watching her sob her way through her debut single “I Am Beautiful” underneath a confetti shower, well, it’s one of those Idol moments that make all the maddening production foibles and manipulations and treachery worth wading into. Hang onto that moment between now and January 2014 — and before you know it — we can all meet back up here for Season 13.

Thanks for all your fantastic, thoughtful comments here at TVLine all season long — and don’t forget — WE’LL HAVE VIDEO EXIT INTERVIEWS WITH CANDICE, KREE and ANGIE (plus, the season finale of Idology!) coming soon to this very Web site!

And with that, let me turn things over to you. Did America crown the right Season 12 champ? What were your favorite musical performances? And what changes do you want to see in Season 13? (Don’t front: You’re totally watching Season 13!) Take our poll below, then sound off in the comments, and for all my Idol-related news, recaps, interviews and videos, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!


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833 Comments
  1. Jacob P. says:

    I’m crying my damn eyes out! I’m am so happy, I’m having trouble typing!

    • Michael Slezak says:

      Me too! I am a sobbing mess and I have a lot more to write!

      • CANDICE! 3 Years it took, she fought, she persevered and now she WON! I am so happy for her. She earned it. Kree is one of the best runner-ups. She was amazing, but Candice week after week was so consistent and so great. I am so happy, but so sad I can’t hear her sing week after week anymore. Congrats to Candice!

        • Teeny Bikini says:

          Wow! Yay Candace! Well done. So so so so happy for her. America, right on!

          • Joline says:

            Too bad gum chomping Lazaro managed to get his mug right next to Candice to distract us from her big moment. Ugh.

          • Word Money G says:

            America selected the best singer, given the collection to choose from. But it was evident from last night’s show that the one who had the best shot at being an actual STAR is Angie. But since she didn’t win, I seriously doubt whether she’ll get the shot. It just appears that the producers overthought things – the overt attempt to keep WGWG’s out of the mix, the artificial feud betweeen divas, leaving Randy on the show at all – just added up to be too much for the masses to take. Fans of singing competitions got what they wanted, but for the masses, it wasn’t accessible enough. Please, AI producers, leave Keith in place. I can live with Nicki, but get a non-star in the 3rd seat. Get someone like Cowell who knows what they’re talking about and can communicate it.

        • SallyinChicago says:

          As Slezak noted in his Idology, at least half of the finalists were RETURNEES from last season. Candice tried out for Idol about 3 times; right? And Janelle the same? Perseverance!

      • Jacob P. says:

        I’m looking forward to the bouquet at the interview!

      • Tiff says:

        I’m crying because this is the first time in YEARS of watching Idol that the person I identified as the winner from the beginning WON. Candice is AMAZING, and I can’t WAIT to hear her album. I can’t believe it.

        • Miss Otis Regrets... says:

          I agree. It’s been since Carrie Underwood/Bo Bice (season 3) that I’m as pleased with #1 and #2.

        • gregk says:

          I actually hoped for Angie to at least get to the finals, but glad Candice won in the end. Only time my favorite won in the past was David Cook. Even in the season I actually did not watch live but only in reruns, my fav Katherine McPhee lost.

          • Tiff says:

            I loved Angie, too. I wanted her to get to the finals – I like her music, I think she’s got relevant tastes, and she has mad singing skills. But Candice outsang everyone every week.

            That said, it would have been a huge boon to have Angie in the finale. How many times has someone from the East Coast EVER been in the finale?

      • My Alter Ego says:

        I was wondering how you could do that. I’m not dry eyed myself!
        ~~~~
        So happy for Candice! Yeah — America, you finally got it right!

      • Joe says:

        For once the best singer and the best voice won the show regardless of race, gender or where they come from in the country. The fact that they sent that girl home 2 seasons in row with that voice says as much about what a sham this show has been for the past few years. But all of it, all of it, was made up for tonight. For once, it seemed votes mattered and singing trumped everything. Candice has a voice for the ages. This isn’t just a church girl. This is a major talent that is ready to soar. I couldn’t be happier tonight. It just seemed like for once, the good guy won instead of the avalanche. Great season and I can’t wait to pay to see Candice Glover sing anything in NYC for the rest of her career.

        • marie says:

          I’ll be in that audience too – I’ll wave to ya!

        • darcy's evil twin says:

          And hopefully she’ll make it out here to Flyover Country.

        • new winner tonight says:

          Well said.

        • teatime says:

          “For once the best singer and the best voice won the show regardless of race, gender or where they come from in the country.”
          Um, Candice is the 4th black winner, the 5th female winner, and about the 10th winner to come from the South.

          • whosays says:

            Oh, I didn’t know Illinois (Lee) and Arizona (Jordin) were part of The South, but hey, that’s just me. ;)

          • teatime says:

            That’s why I said “about the 10th” winner to come from the South. It more than makes the point that among winners there is nothing unique about Candice’s race, gender, or where she is from.

          • Lisa says:

            Which 2 winners are not from the South? I thought every winner has been from the South.

          • HTGR says:

            Lee (although he almost seems like he could be from the South; I think his season was a rare one where they had really only one possible contender from the South) and Jordin (from a very southern part of the nation but not from the South).

        • My Alter Ego says:

          Joe, I can tell you and I are “friends” I’m so happy for Candice!!!

        • My Alter Ego says:

          Joe, while I don’t normally disagree with your comments, Candice was too insecure and too shy in the previous seasons, and, if, and that’s a huge “if” she had made it to the “live rounds” on either of those seasons, she would have been gone so fast, it would have made everyone’s head spin!
          ~~
          This was the year that Candice could shine — and shine she did! I’m thrilled for her!
          ~~
          I can’t wait to see her in her own tour as well!

      • Lola says:

        I cried too. Never have I been so happy to see someone win Idol as I was last night, and I believe she is the best vocalist the competition has ever had.

      • karyn says:

        I’m thrilled for Candace – she absolutely deserved the win.

        But Kree also deserves a shout-out as an incredibly graceful 2nd place. I read that she actually asked Candace before the coin toss which Candace wanted and then selected “first” so Candace could have her wish. I think she was happier with Candace winning last night than she would have been if she’d won herself.

        Seriously, I want Kree as my best friend!

        • Becky says:

          You know I think Kree helped Candice win. At the beginning Candice did not seem gracious when someone got better raves than her. She is like an onion. Has to be peeled back slowly. And she meets Kree who is like Chile when it is cold outside or warmed up waffles in the morning in nickis case lol afternoon. Everyone was latching on to Kree. She was the most like able person in the group.
          When your too aggressive it turns people off and they don’t always see the talent. And kree helped soften her and let that talent shine. She knows her world has changed. As has Candice’s. I think all 5 girls will do well. Amber can’t decide what she wants but it is definitely in the limelight.

      • Becky says:

        Michael I just actually watched the show in its entirety. Obviously they plan the finale a couple of weeks in advance. They gave two singers to Angie and Kree got the judges. But you know Kree was happy hanging out. But she is such a Susan Teschette fan. I think that would have been the match. And relevant.
        I actually thought that Janelle stole the show with her performance with Band Perry. They really rocked it. That is what has been missing from the show. We as viewers want variety.
        And Amber I think she was not in it because the attention was no longer on her. She gets a rehashed song that was sung a couple of weeks before. The author of the song is giving it all she has and amber is just standing there with a mike.
        Look forward to your review.

        • Gale says:

          I noticed the total lack of stage presence and commitment from Amber too. And I agree about Kree – I kept waiting for her to be showcased like Candace was with Jennifer Hudson.

        • AI Addict says:

          I was waiting excitedly who was going to duet with Kree. And it turned out to be Keith and Randy. I mean, they’re awesome, but… We saw them every week and they’ve performed. How could they let Angie perform TWICE? with TWO MAJOR STARS?! Even the top 2 performed twice, and one was their duet that we’ve been waiting for ages! And at least Candice got to perform with JHud. Kree got to perform with Keith and Randy… The show was really really biased against Kree… BTW, Janelle’s performance was the best that night, not Angie’s…

    • ansa says:

      I teared up too. Although its Kree that touched my heart when she sings…Candace was undoubtedly the best of this season. I loved her duet with Jennifer Hudson…

      Bravo Candace! Love you Kree…you will go far!

      • My Alter Ego says:

        Yes, she will! I suspect all of the top five will find “a way” in the music business.

        • Joline says:

          Just downloaded “All Cried Out” on iTunes. Happy Candice won, but this single is HOT.

          • Shel says:

            I did like Kree’s single better than Candice’s, but that takes away nothing from Candice’s vocal on hers.

          • Aftermath says:

            Angie’s “You Set Me Free” is also up on iTunes…great song in full form though she still over-sings at times.

          • AlyB says:

            I just pre ordered Candice’s album. I’m not crazy about the first single but I’m hopeful the rest of it will be quintissential Candice. Honestly she can sing just about anything and though it’ll be rushed, she will have more than a few days to figure out a way to put her stamp on it.

      • ejones says:

        The appearance of JHud reminded me as to how overweight she was during her time on Idol and how much more of a star she looks having lost all that excess. Candice should take note. Tonight was also a reminder as to why the producers pushed Amber so hard, she already has the look. As Amber’s interview with Slezak showed, she lost because she was too inexperienced and hadn’t acquired the repetoire needed to compete, especially as she apparently was unwilling to risk singing ‘new’ songs. Sorry but Kree was a very disappointing finalist, I’m afraid Slezak overstates the overall quality of this season’s girls.

        • Lisa says:

          Candice is beautiful just the way she is. I have never been a J-Hud fan regardless of her weight. I find your comment very shallow. You sound like my mother.

          • My Alter Ego says:

            Lisa, as I was doing Google searches throughout the day about Candice, I would periodically come across photos spanning the season, and it was interesting to see Candice’s transformation. Some of it was makeup, but not all. The more confident she became, the more “beautiful” her glow. And she truly is “beautiful.”

        • dj says:

          I’m sure JHud told Candice she needs to go on Weight Watchers just like she told Adele at the Grammys.

    • PeaceMaker says:

      When Psy came out, I thought “William Hung finally made it!” Ha ha.

    • SallyinChicago says:

      Slezak nailed every single performance last night, including Mariah, a big letdown for me. But in honesty, MC has NEVER ever been known as one to sell-out a concert, or for that matter to do the concert tour thingy. She just seemed awkward singing on that pedestal, and yeh, she had the choir behind her for support — again!
      Loved Aretha….I don’t care if she was in a satellite studio….she def shows singers how it’s done and that you can have longevity (she and Barbra Streisand, the two original divas) in show business. And Jennifer Hudson singing with Candice was the bestest.

  2. zach says:

    CANDICE. FLIPPIN. GLOVER. AMERICAN IDOL CHAMP SEASON 12!!!!

  3. Kathleen says:

    Yeah!

    • Ty says:

      It was the first good outcome in a long time. Also, I liked seeing so many idol alums, although that Aretha girls group relegated the girls to complete backup singers. The guys group sounded great when they had their solo parts, then the older guy came out and dampened it.

      • Dessi says:

        “The older guy” is Frankie Valli, lead singer of the Four Seasons — the group whose songs the guys were covering — and the group on which the hit Broadway musical The Jersey Boys is based. His voice is iconic! It’s just that he’s not young any more, so his voice isn’t what it used to be. Look him up on youtube, and hear what great ’60’s music sounded like — and Walk Like a Man (or a Woman, if that’s what you are, Ty.) Either way, don’t dis an older singer — it makes you sound ignorant. If Idol brings someone in for the Finale there’s a reason. Look it up….

        • SallyinChicago says:

          Yeh, give Franki Valli some love….his voice is still as it was 40-50 years ago. That’s stamina baby.

      • Chris says:

        LOL, to suggest that Frankie Valli “dampened” the worst group of male contestants ever on Idol just shows your ignorance and disrespect. He sounded a lot better than they did, and if any of them have careers even a quarter as great as his, they will be stunningly lucky.

      • Aaron says:

        My issue with that number wasn’t bringing Frankie Valli out, or dumb-a$$ Lazaro not knowing his choreography, or the lip synching (again, probably because Lazaro couldn’t remember his words), but rather that the producers of the show couldn’t come up with something a bit fresher. Yes, those songs are “classics”, but if they want to compete they need to start making these singers seem more relevant from the very start.

        • SallyinChicago says:

          Classic songs that are still bringing people into the Broadway show, the Jersey Boys. Classics and Standards will NEVER ever go away….but rap? Who remembers that sh**T?

      • Pam Hart says:

        It really bothers me when people diss Frankie Valli for appearing on American Idol but they don’t seem to diss others in the same age group, like Aretha Franklin or Mick Jagger. If Tina Turner or Babs appeared, would they be dissed too? Frankie and The Four Seasons are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They have sold over 100 million records world-wide, which will probably exceed the sales of any idols in their lifetimes. Go see The Jersey Boys. You will be amazed at the number of hits they had. Legends deserve respect, no matter what age.

  4. Kristi says:

    America got it right!! Candace has been on FIRE all season long. Big congrats to her. Highlights of the evening for me were Angie’s duets with Adam and Jessie, and Janelle’s duet with the Band Perry.

    • Kristi says:

      Oh, and obviously Candice’s duet with JHud. Man that was good. Also enjoyed Kree signing with Keith :)

      • I think America was on fire this season. I think they got every single week right since Top 10. I mean they could have gotten rid of Lazaro a little earlier, but America did their job beautifully this season. Every elimination, almost every Bottom 2 or 3 was right on the money.

        • Emma says:

          Really? Do you work for the producers? This season was a snooze.

        • MamaLis says:

          I think you’re right! When I would glance at the wwweb news on Thursdays, the major entertainment “magazines/columns” would lament Idol’s themes and practices, but they were collectively really excited by Candice Gloverl
          I know for myself, I haven’t voted in YEARS. Since Adam, actually, and then just a few times. Yet this season, in spite of being a Single Parent and working 55 hours a week – I would sit down EVERY week and vote online for Candice.

        • karyn says:

          ITA. It’s as though the voters this season all purchased BS-detectors to screen out the judge’s nonsense and voted for the best performances/singers. A few points off for Lazaro cute boy/sympathy voting, but otherwise good job America.

        • teatime says:

          I disagree. Lazaro should have gone home at least 3 weeks earlier. Devin should have stayed longer. Amber should have gone home earlier. Angie should have made the finale. We did have the correct top 3 for sure, but then there wasn’t a lot of competition for the top 3 among the other 7.

          • Angie_Overrated says:

            Everything in this post is wrong except Lazaro should have gone home earlier. Everything. Wrong.

          • HTGR says:

            Well teatime isn’t entirely wrong. Angie probably should’ve made the finale. Despite her name being spelled wrong and her song being banned from charting it still appears to have outsold the other two songs combined by a factor of two (I do wish the best for Candice and Kree’s sales though and future success). If she had made the finale she’d have hit near #1 and probably #1 on itunes and very likely still been in top ten.
            .
            Yeah I know sales don’t necessarily mean anything beyond you got sales.

      • My Alter Ego says:

        No “frakkin'” kidding! I’m on the West Coast, so was tuning into Rickey’s live blog. The moderator’s comments after the C-Glov – J-Hud duet, was: a.) “I’ll be re-watching this; and b.) don’t know who performed better. Well, after watching it 3 times, I know I prefer Candice’s tone to J-Hud — and I’m kind of struggling to believe I just said that.

        ~~~

        Wasn’t remotely impressed by Angie’s duets with Adam or Jessie J, but Janelle was terrific!

        • marie says:

          I said the same thing: Candice’s tone is sweeter, rounder, and richer. Personally, I prefer Candice also because she has a jazz sensibility that appeals to me that Jennifer does not have.

          • BarbL says:

            Totally agree.

          • My Alter Ego says:

            Oh, marie, goodness, yes! Candice’s voice has far more depth — and then there’s that “jazz” thing she has.
            ~~
            And since it seems like I might be dead (because I’m older than DET — and she keeps reminding us that she’s “older than dirt”) before Haley might do that jazz LP that I’ve been waiting for, Candice, please pop off that stupid thing that Jimmy I wants you to do, quickly followed by a Christmas CD, then do the R&B/jazz thing that your magnificent instrument (voice) can do — and, only you can do. Please, Candice, please, please, please?!? (If I tell you I’m on my knees, while making this plea, does it matter?)

          • The Beach says:

            I thought the same thing when they were singing. Jennifer is strictly R&B/gospel but Candice has such a wonderful jazz influence that I love so much.

          • AlyB says:

            That’s exactly what I thought. Her tone is exquisite. She sounded crazy good, they both did but her especially and it really shocked me to hear them side by side and think it then absorb it. What a talent. Candice Friggin Glover. Amazing.

          • Amy says:

            I guess I never got the J. Hud thing, (didn’t start watching “full-on” until Season 5)…but anyway, not a fan and as I listened tonight her voice seemed tight and screachy to me. Candice’s sounded sublime. And as for that jazz touch she has…I’m not even a jazz fan, but I’ve realized about myself, no matter the genre, if you wow me singing or performing…I’m in. Same with P2 last year…his style of music wouldn’t be my thing from someone else…he totally sold it to me by being so original, entertaining to watch, organic, and adorable.

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            LOL, My Alter Ego. I’ll stop reminding everyone how old I am.

        • LYJ says:

          Everything you said!

      • Teeny Bikini says:

        Agreed, Kristi. Those 4 performances were stellar. And I LOVED Jessie J. I have to download some of her songs….

      • Jongirl says:

        Candice was better than JHud. JHud too often went over the line between music and shouting.

  5. bigby_wolf says:

    Well, America got it right for once in a long time on Idol. So beyond happy and excited for Candice. I just hope they either A) Retool/rewrite the single or B) Release a new one because it does nothing for her voice.

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      Yup, that single is pretty awful. Hope they realize it’s not the best “first” single for her.

    • deedee says:

      Thrilled for Candice. Bummed about the single, which I predict will sink like a stone. Maybe Candice will follow the Kris Allen model and come out with a winning *real* first single quickly after shoving the lame coronation song out the window.

    • Ted Sutton says:

      bigby_wolf…America got it right for once in a long time on Idol? I guess you missed last season. The last Idol winner, Phil Phillips 1st CD went triple platinum. The guy who won the year before that,Scotty McCreery, who was in high school, had 2 gold singles and a platinum CD.

      I’m glad you are excited for Candice. Please don’t dump on established performers to lift Candice up. She doesn’t need that, buy you need to brush up on your American Idol history.

      • Just My 2 Cents says:

        Scotty’s music only played on country stations. Since I don’t listen t country, I’ve (thankfully) never had to listen to him.

      • teatime says:

        Correction: Phillip’s first single went 4x platinum. I don’t think his album is platinum yet, but it is selling well and allmost there.

    • joey says:

      Not only is the song melodically weak, the recording techniques take the “life” out of her voice. I don’t know if it’s auto-tune per se, but it’s some kind of robotic sounding thing they’ve done to her voice. Her voice is so much warmer on, for instance, the studio recording of “You’ve Changed”.

  6. kaba says:

    Is it bad my favorite Idol moment is ALWAYS watching the winners ugly cry and sing when they find out they won? Lol

    After tonight, there is no doubt in my mind Kree did NOT want to win. She didn’t. You guys saw that energy she had on the one time she performed. Girl moved like a corpse throughout the season, then all of the sudden she’s hyped.

    I like how even though Candice won, they pretty much gave Angie the greatest gift that could top winning AI. The most exposure out of all the contestants on AI.

    It looked like an apology gift or something lol

    Tbh I wouldn’t have minded seeing Kree win :)

    • It was scripted for her to be in the final. They made a bunch of last minute changes and I think Adam Lambert came out the loser. Speaking of Adam being the loser, I think Idol has been doing anything they can to make it up to him. Look for him to be a judge next season.

      • Tiffaira says:

        Well, look at what a lovely being you are.

      • Teeny Bikini says:

        Oh, Adam as judge. I might stick around for that…

      • My Alter Ego says:

        I think Adam as a judge would be FABULOUS! But I thought (and stated that) last year when his name popped up. Perhaps, it might be a bit more serious this year.

        • Lisa says:

          Someone on my twitter feed mentioned a panel of Adam, Pink and either Keith stays or Kelly Pickler for the country spot. I like Kelly, but I don’t know how good of a judge she would make. I like Adam/Pink combo and 3 judge panel again.

          • The Beach says:

            Kelly was/is as cute as a basket full of puppies but she honestly wasn’t the greatest singer. If they are going for credibility in the country field I would prefer Shania, Reba or Trisha.

          • Lisa says:

            I heard Kelly perform at the Grand Ole Opry last Fall. She has really improved. She looked great and sounded better.

          • My Alter Ego says:

            @Lisa — that doesn’t mean that she would be a good judge.

            ~~~~~~
            OTOH, she’s also been on DWTS (again on the receiving end of judging), so maybe she might know how it should be done.

          • Danny says:

            @Lisa- Most of these kids improve big time after they’ve been on the show. They come in as waitresses or what have ya. Then they get around people who know the business and learn a ton more. This is the first year of their music experience in a lot of cases.
            Even though I didn’t feel Scott deserved to win, I was floored at how much he’s improved when he came back. The same can be said for Lauren, Casey James, a whole slew of them. Pretty much everyone who’s come back except for maybe Stefano has improved quite a bit since they were on the show. I think it’s awesome. Heck, even Carrie when ya compare her now to how she was back when she was back on the show, it’s like night and day.
            That’s part of the fun of watching this show. Ya get to see some of these kids in the infancy of their careers and then see how good they are later on.

        • Miss Otis Regrets... says:

          SYTYCD had Twitch on the panel on Tuesday…it’s way past time for a former contestant to be offered the chair, at the very least as a guest judge.

      • Jo says:

        Adam a loser? Are you serious, what are you talking about? His duet with Angie was FANTASTIC they sounded glorious together and he looked stunning. A real winner as always!

        • Jongirl says:

          Hearing Adam’s wonderful voice again was a total treat and his singing with Angie was just stellar. He’s the best guy, vocally, that’s ever been on Idol, with David A. and Clay Aiken close behind. Just beautiful. That performance made my evening.

          • My Alter Ego says:

            Well, Jongirl, I will agree with you about hearing Adam again. He’s almost always stellar (specifically his own Idol journey and then when he appeared with Queen last summer [wow, wow, wow!!]). However, this duet with Angie did nothing for me, as all Angie performances leave me cold. Because Angie, as talented as she is, doesn’t have a clue.

          • Trouty Mouth says:

            I agree with My Alter Ego.

          • alia says:

            the best vocalist on idol was james durbin. adam sounded screechy as always, and stood there awkwardly. angie didn’t even intro him; ryan had to at the end and say ‘thanks adam’ LOLOLOLOL

        • Angie_Overrated says:

          Except for when she went off pitch on every top note on the tiTAnium. Having had to endure that on all Angie’s top notes all season, it came as no surprise, but it still made me cry inside every time I was subjected to that ear pain.

      • NJ idoloonie says:

        I agree the producers expected Angie to be in the finale. While it was cool for Kree to duet with Keith, there wasnt a surprise guest star for her to sing with.
        And what was the deal with JLo? That was a huge waste of time!

        • The Beach says:

          Yep, all those wonderful live performances and then we’re treated to another JLo lip sync mess. Sure hope that wasn’t an omen that they’re bringing her back next year.

          • My Alter Ego says:

            Indeed! She’s so far removed from “music” that the fact that she was ever a “judge” on American Idol is an unfortunate stench.

          • marie says:

            I had the same horrible thought about such an “omen” when Ryan announced she’d be “performing.” (Love your intentional quotation marks, Michael!)

          • tewence says:

            A. GREE! dang i am tired of them shoving her down our throats. two performances last year and one this year?! everything about it was weird…and since she isn’t a good singer at all, the lack of clothing and poor attempts at gyrating show up really bad on a 43 year old who is way past her prime. mariah, on the other hand, has a voice that will sustain her career yet she didn’t sing live?! so confused. psy was a freakin waste of time.

      • Ted Sutton says:

        Lauriellen…are you kidding? Adam Lambert owes his career to American Idol, and was fortunate not to win. He did much better outside the Idol machine where he could be free to be himself.
        Besides American voted, so there is nothing the show has to “make up” to Adam.

        He may well be a judge next season, and that would be an interesting choice, but if they do that it will be because it works, not because the show feels they owe Adam anything. You have it backwards.

        I think Adam is a very good performer. I enjoyed that season very much. You never knew what he was going to do. However….he is not bigger than American Idol. If Adam Lambert was not on that season there would still be an American Idol show. With all due respect to Adam, and I think he would agree, without Idol he would not be at the level he is today in the music business.

        • SoozinCA says:

          Adam himself has always said how grateful he is to Idol for giving him the platform to launch the career he has now. It is those of his fans who still believe he was ‘robbed” in season 8 that feel the show “owes him”. I’m a devoted Glambert, but I tend to agree with you, Ted that not winning Idol was the best thing that could have happened to Adam. What I would like the producers to see, when it comes to evaluating his potential as a judge, is he is gracious, articulate, intelligent, and I believe him when he says he would most enjoy giving back to others coming up through the Idols ranks by helping them through the ropes on the show. He would never make it all about him, he would never be rude or condescending to contestants or other judges, he’d be honest yet gracious, and he has a unique and current perspective on what it means to suddenly be cast into the limelight on a TV show and the challenges as well as opportunities that can follow. That kind of judge would actually earn whatever they paid him – not like the crazy money the show threw away on the dueling divas this year!

    • Danny says:

      Yea, that was a pretty sweet moment getting an invite to the UK. The most shocking moment in Idol history would have been if she’d have said no.

      • Teeny Bikini says:

        LOL. Lucky girl. That was probably a dream come true for her. Nice!

      • tewence says:

        it’s pretty crazy that she has that much support from such a big name (even if more so in the UK). if angie is lucky enough to sing her single with jessie j to a huge audience, that could really sky rocket her career…all the people who like jessie j will likely buy angie’s single if only for the reason that jessie sang with her.

        • HTGR says:

          If they get it on youtube and do up some youtube stuff, yeah it might well. Otherwise it will be a crazy awesome experience for Angie but probably do relatively little to launch her career at all.

    • Gomes says:

      Everyone tonight looked like stars except Kree for me sorry. She just looked like a contestant while the others shined.

      • My Alter Ego says:

        Perhaps — but, in the long run, Kree will most likely do exceptionally well.

      • Krista says:

        Agree. She still looks like a deer caught in the head lights in front of the camera. And that head-bobbing thing…ugh

        • Matrix says:

          You guys are tough! I have a feeling Kree will do the best of the top 3. She may not be the “typical” idol, but she,s a pro, already connected in Nashville and performing at the Gramd Ole Opry on June 4th!

    • BillyBob says:

      Angie got more exposure, because the producers know Angie is the most ready made star this season. Even though Angie came in 3rd, she will be the best of this bunch (like Daughtry). So, promoting Angie with more exposure makes sense.

    • karyn says:

      I kept thinking the same thing last night. Except in the last number (presumably she was tense waiting for results), she seems so much looser and more comfortable last night.

      As much as I love everything else about Kree , she seems so stiff when she stands still and tries to wave her arm for emphasis. I think they told her to do that and she’s been trying all season to incorporate it but it just doesn’t work for her. When she’s into the song she’s singing (and more often than not during the season, she’s been singing some ridiculous clunker they saddled her with), she’s light and free and looks like she’s been comfortably performing forever.

      And I thought her performance with Keith was great and she (for once) genuinely had a great time doing an uptempo number, though I agree with Slezak that she should have had a chance to perform with a non-judge like all the other top 5.

  7. YES YES YES YES. I have so much to say but I don’t even want to or feel the need to. Just… YES!

  8. So we get to vote for Adam Lambert again. Maybe he’ll win this time. LOL

    • Danny says:

      LOL!! That was good.

    • glamity58 says:

      That is funny. He’ll never win, however. He’s much too good for bland mediocre America. Glad to see Candace win. I wish Adam had sung with her. I don’t think Angie wanted to sing with Adam. Remember, however, talent doesn’t usually win out in America. it’s who you know and how you’re promoted.

      • Lisa says:

        I got a similar feel from Angie. She was elated when Jessie J came out, but was very flat with her chemistry with Adam. I still enjoyed it. It’s Adam!

      • darcy's evil twin says:

        Well it’s interesting the Angie/Adam duet of “Titanium” got the most votes in the poll.

  9. sara says:

    Congrats Candice! Well deserved!

    I cannot believe that the producers saddled those two great singers with a Burt flipping Bacharach medley. Sorry Idol producers but this isn’t 1965 anymore. Deal with it!

    • marie says:

      Honestly, after that JLo mess, the Bacharach medley was like honey to my ears.

      • sara says:

        yea, you’ve got a good point there.

      • Danny says:

        I FF through the JBlow mess. I knew her song would stink. She’s not really singing it anyway. I don’t know why Idol would bring her back. I felt if there was a pimp spot on the show (not counting the 2 finalists), it should have went to Keith.

        • Dan (Haleyloonie) says:

          I thought we were already over with this phase (meaning JLo “singing”).

        • Andrea says:

          Simon Fuller (?former? Idol producer and 19 president) is the manages J-Lo and Adam Lambert, hence why they both were placed in the finale…

          • Lisa says:

            Adam is no longer with 19 management or recordings. He has been managed by DMG for over a year now.

          • Danny says:

            @Andrea- Thanks for the heads up. I didn’t know he managed her. At least he was 1/2 right in bringing Adam back.

          • trimaran12 says:

            Don’t know about J-Lo but Lambert is no longer managed by Fuller. He is managed by DMG. Google is your friend.

          • Ted Sutton says:

            I don’t think Adam Lambert was ever with 19 management. He wasn’t on their record label.
            I believe he signed with RCA.

          • Heather says:

            That is false. He has never managed her. They worked together on a television show, Q’Viva, last year, however.

      • darcy's evil twin says:

        Made Me Laugh, marie! :-)

        Between J-Lo and the Gangnam Style guy I was able to get caught up to real time.
        .
        And I realize I’m older than dirt but some things never go out of style. I think “One Less Bell to Answer” is one of the loveliest songs ever written. I never get tired of hearing Marilyn McCoo sing that song. Hey, let’s have Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. as mentors!

        • MC says:

          It is one of my all-time favorite songs. You can’t beat the Fifth Dimension in my book. It’s interesting how Kree perked up while singing that one. She seemed more caffeinated than usual.

        • MC says:

          I thought this duet was a moment, mostly for Kree. It’s one of the few times I really enjoyed listening to her this season.

      • deedee says:

        I love Burth Bacharach and was happy to hear the girl sing his songs (even though it made no sense), but something told me this was a big F.U. to the fans who bitched and kvetched about Nigel’s themes all season :)

        • deedee says:

          “Burth”? lol!

        • AlyB says:

          I was kind of hoping it was one last use of an overdone songbook and maybe we’ll never have to cringe through contestants struggling to sing them in a relevant way again. It’s time to put them to rest on this show.

        • Nan says:

          Yeah, I don’t understand the emphasis on old music. Do they have research that it’s popular? I doubt it because everyone who posts complains about it. Having most of the guest performers over 40 doesn’t make sense to me. Jessie J, Emeli Sande and Adam were more better choices.

          • HTGR says:

            It’s a weird cycle, they are losing ratings and want to hold onto the typical 60+ viewer but then they cry about losing young ratings but are afraid to go all young and alienate the older crowd when they are not sure they can just boom bring the young crowd back. Also it is true that to test out vocals it can sometimes be easier with older songs and knew ones often take a certain style of voice and type to handle. Sounds simple to cover Britney but if you don’t her sort of voice it doesn’t work, I some show try it and all these great singers sounded terrible.

          • HTGR says:

            It was weird it was all zooming along so well with everyone you mentioned and more and then they end with the controversial (for Idol) JLo and then gave the finalists such a tired old song that sort of dragged it all down and maybe them seem old and tired instead of energized and exciting like much of the rest of the show. Very weird. It’s not like it let them get all jazzy or anything in a wonderful way either. But whatever mostly it was one of the best finale final results shows.

    • It’s at least 1985, right?

      • Tiff says:

        It was great hearing them together, but I almost fell asleep. They couldn’t have given them something more current? Who are these people?

        • Adam Fachry says:

          Lol, if by current means the producers will give them another Selena Gomzes song to sing like last week’s result show, then I prefer ancient by far

          • My Alter Ego says:

            And, therein, lies the real issue, Adam. While I “get” the need and desire to have the show step up to “the times,” there’s so little real “musicality” in most contemporary music (that I’ve heard, anyway), how does one display that one actually has musical abilities? (And, folks, all this Jessie J stuff I’ve heard, because of Angie, doesn’t come close to what I consider “musical”.)

          • marie says:

            Well, but the show actually had a good balance of old and current music – something for everyone. Burt Bacharach wrote some of the most beautiful songs of the last fifty years. We still listen to Beethoven, right?
            I for one was very pleased to discover some new talent I want familiar with; I’ll definitely be checking out Jessie J and Emeli Sande further.
            Definitely Idol should expand more into newer, but there’s no reason they should abandon the best of the older music too.

          • Jongirl says:

            I agree totally with “My Alter Ego”.

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            I also agree. Some of the current music is good – Bruno Mars and Adele come to mind. Pretty much all country music is okay (you may not like country music but it still has a melody, a beat, a hook, and quite often there are clever lyrics). Much of what I hear on current Pop radio is just awful.

          • MamaLis says:

            Agree and Disagree. You’re talking about two extremes here: Frankie Freaking Valie and Selena Gomez? I get he’s a legend. But you know who ISN”T interested in seeing him during a Prime Time music special – Idol’s waning Target Demographic who I’m pretty sure ISN’T 40-something ME! LoL There are plenty, plenty of of great, current 2000/90’s artists that Idol could bring aboard to perform. The Justin Timberlakes, Adele, Bruno… omg…. so many. Heck, has anyone heard Solange Knowles stuff? SHE could even be a match for Candice as she has this retro R&B/jazz vibe – some of which is actually kind of brilliant.

            While “One Less Bell” was lovely… most of the other songs were just…. of the “Are you Kidding ME? caliber.

            As for Jessie J…. I’ve seen her perform and imo – she is a powerhouse. When she has the stage to herself, she KILLS. She’s the real deal vocally, with charisma and energy for days.

          • teatime says:

            @MamaLis, Preach it! Every generation has both good music and bad. They can perform the good music from the past couple decades on Idol rather than the pop fluff that only sells because of the image of the performer.
            Personally, I enjoyed the Frankie Valli medley since they all had good melodies. I thought they should have him as one of the old-school theme weeks on Idol some seasons INSTEAD OF yet another week of some of the other older artists they have done over and over and over again. But there are also plenty of more current artists the show could feature.

          • Adam Fachry says:

            @MamaLs calm down, I was just joking about Selena Gomez. Those artists you mentioned are indeed, the saviors today’s mainstream music. And thank youuu for acknowledging how amazing Solange is!! Her True EP shows that she’s just not Beyonce’s little sister that everyone easily overlooks. Also, you have to check out the other Jessie from UK, JESSIE WARE. Please people, make this girl happen in America1 She’s flawless!

          • HTGR says:

            There is a place for everything and Selena Gomez pop is fine too. Energetic, catchy, nothign wrong with that. Just like there nothing wrong with going way back to say Mozart of Beethoven piano or violin concertos.

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      @sara. If there is any justice, they will fire every single producer on this show. It’s time to put them out to pasture.

    • NJ idoloonie says:

      Wouldnt it have been great if C and K sang “Friendship” ala Lucy and Ethel?! It would have made more sense than that Burt Bachrach medley.

  10. marie says:

    Very happy for Candice!

  11. SybilT says:

    I am pleased. Candice has been my favorite since Hollywood. She sang like a champ every time, every week. I liked Kree but Candice is a queen. Hopefully her album will have some good stuff on it.

    • marie says:

      Oh SybilT, I am SOOOO hoping that too. Don’t love the single, but liked it more tonight than last night.

      • AlyB says:

        I hope they get some great material for her but I also hope they just give it to her and let her take it apart if she wants to. The single, especially the studio version, is filled with pop elements. That’s not what Candice or her fans want. And it’s her fans that will be sharing the songs and telling their friends. I adore Candice. I’ve told countless people to check out some of her tunes. I won’t do that with that single because its really not her. It’s AI songwriters trying to stuff her in a pop box. I already pre ordered the album. With some time to actually do this, I think Candice will bust out their box and do her Candice thang. There’s just no reason for them to try to stifle the best things about her voice.

  12. kaba says:

    Someones gonna say it so let’s get it out of the way:

    That Candice and JHud duet still doesn’t beat Jessica + J Holliday
    But it came close ^_^

    • 100% and it’s not a negative or anything about Jennifer and Candice, it’s just that the Jessica Sanchez and Jennifer Holliday duet was the best all-time Finale duet. But as you said it still came close so that is saying a whole lot.

      • Crolo says:

        I will have to say that Jessica/Jennifer is my favorite AI moment ever — I don’t think I have ever seen anything so terrifying on TV before. I was sure Jennifer was getting ready to eat Jessica a couple of times.

        • Joe says:

          I agree with you Crolo. Tonight’s was the best duet. The Sanchez one from last year veered into high camp/comedy. This one was the best pure singing they’ve had in a finale.

      • G-Mom says:

        Oh my goodness!!! You’ve got to be kidding!! That was the WORST I have ever seen!! I couldn’t believe my eyes! Or EARS!! I never liked Jessica’s singing, so that duet was pure torture for me, when I wasn’t laughing at J Holliday’s face and her attempt to eat Jessica’s face!! LOL! But I loved LHud and Candice’s duet, with Candice as the winner. JHud screamed too much. Or maybe the key was too high for her. Still, I’m ecstatic that Candice won!!

      • scyren says:

        Honestly, can’t stand Jessica’s voice. So, I disagree.

    • marie says:

      (However, Candice is not terrifying-looking.)

    • darcy's evil twin says:

      Oh, I was throwing gospel hands left and right and even doing a few Hail Mary’s when Candice sang with J-Hud, and I’m not Catholic! My hubby thought I had lost my mind!

      • darcy's evil twin says:

        OOPS, need an “edit” button. Should have been “Hail Marys” (plural, not possessive)

        • My Alter Ego says:

          DET, forgiven – at some point, it happens to us all! Glad you joined the party tonight!

        • Leah Hoffman says:

          How DARE YOU make a grammatical error!

        • marie says:

          (That is a great example of just ONE of the reasons I appreciate you so much, DET!)

          • My Alter Ego says:

            And DET deserves much appreciation! (And I say that without any sarcasm, cuz after 3 or 4 years of this, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed Ms. DET’s comments/witticisms, etc. She’s been one of my delights here!)

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      For real. J Holliday sang so hard I thought she would cough up a lung. That performance is pretty unforgettable.

  13. CJS says:

    And I guarantee that if a WGWG was in the final 2, he would’ve won easily.
    Candace was the best of this bunch. But TBH, the bunch this year was pure crap.
    Ergo, Candace= the best smelling crap.
    I for one am looking forward to a normal AI season next year.

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      Hm… I hope they change the status quo. Every rule. Every judge. Every producer. And all songs where the year doesn’t start with a 2 – must GO! The very last thing they need is to revert back to the same old thing they have been doing for years.

      • Dan (Haleyloonie) says:

        Hell Yeah! Why can’t Michael be a producer, with Melinda as a mentor?

        • Teeny Bikini says:

          Oh, now that’s the dream! The show would be sooo so great if Michael produced :) And I’ll take Melinda as judge and mentor and anything else for that matter… Yes, please.

          • My Alter Ego says:

            You know, in an ideal world, that would be terrific.
            ~~
            OTOH, do you want to give up our “wonderful Idology” recaps. Cuz if Michael and Melinda were doing those other jobs you suggested, Idology would either disappear, or have to be done by others, because it would be a “conflict of interest” for them to do both. (Oops — so sorry to inflict “reality” into this.)

          • Dan (Haleyloonie) says:

            In a perfect world, Michael and Melinda would be cloned so they can continue doing Idology.

          • deedee says:

            MAE, you put the Randy Jackson Quotes on “wonderful Idology”!

      • AlyB says:

        I’d be happy if they acknowledged the 1990’s actually happened. Music from then is around 20 years old and people still act like it’s omg too newfangled for their 1960’s pop tune sensibilities.

        • Miss Otis Regrets... says:

          Seriously. It’s always 80’s and before + the past few years. I’m not saying we need a “Grunge Week” but at least acknowledge it, like you said.

      • Owen says:

        Look, there are only so many concepts for a singing contest. Do you really want the show to look like “The X Factor”. And as high as the talent sometimes is on “The Voice” the show itself is terribly antiseptic. Idol still has the best platform and though I could go for some tweaking…what really can they do?

        • Teeny Bikini says:

          1) Stop telling the judges what to say.
          2) Actually allow the judges to *give* constructive criticism.
          3) Let contestants pick songs that are current or sing their own songs or at the very least stop singing Burt Bacarach songs, etc.
          4) Change how many times people can vote.
          5) Either pick all new themes or stop doing them entirely.
          6) More audience involvement sooner. How about we (the audience) pick 2 contestants from Hollywood week and every week thereafter? Or we are allowed to veto 2 of the picks the judges have made long before the Top 12? Or the judges pick the Top 24 and the audience picks “all” of the Top 12? Now, that would be interesting. Then, the audience can get invested sooner and stay. Of course, this means the music-buying public is as important as the arbitrary judges they pick – but we *are* buying the music so that *has* some truth in it.
          7) Stop pushing certain contestants more than others. Either push them all or *try* to divvy up the praise equally.

    • Gailer says:

      Ha ha I hope next season they let guys compete and hot ones at that. :)

    • Joely says:

      A “normal season?” You mean when we DO get a WGWG again?
      And you’re entitled to your opinion, but Candice as perfumed crap? Wow. Guess people like you are the reason Phillip Phillips sells millions. To each his own.

    • AlyB says:

      Candice is a spectacular and gifted vocalist. She will sell music. The bitterness of people who didn’t get their eye candy this season is really pathetic. Even if there’s some music I don’t particularly like (like opera) I can at least acknowledge a talented performer and not sound like an idiot by saying since i don’t like it, it must be bad. I like WGWG but I also appreciate Candice and can’t wait to hear what she does. Appreciating both types is possible unless all you like is boy toy pop. I love the rocker and singer songwriters but I really think AI, in an effort to woo back the tween and teen crowd is going to give us a crop of budding Biebers and Carly Raes with some country wonder child thrown in for good measure. I think that’s my biggest fear. I guess we’ll see. It’s just crazy that on one hand we have the older fans terrified of including anything sung post 1970. It’s all Motown, Bacharach, Beatles, 60’s pop and everything else is that crappy “modern” music. The younger kids just want cute boys singing pop love songs. Surely, they can find something for those of us in the middle who like a lot of different types of music and love a great singer.

    • Nan says:

      That is so unfair to Candice. Her What Not to Sing rating is 71.4 which puts her 8th amongst AI finalists. Are all those people who praised her wrong? All of the top 5 were talented this year.

  14. scorpo says:

    Every year except for when Carrie won the one I want to win comes in second (I didn’t watch the first season), so I thought that meant Candice would come in second this year. So excited that Candice won!!!

    • I am similar except I wanted Jordin and David Cook to win. But since then I wanted Adam Lambert, Crystal Bowersox, Lauren Alaina(but really 3rd placer Haley) and then Jessica Sanchez last year. I love Kree and wouldn’t have been upset if she won, but Candice was the one I was pulling for and I think did a brilliant job last night.

  15. Atlgal says:

    Yessssss!!!!! I wouldn’t allow myself to believe it would happen but it did. Candice the woman who brought us such memorable moments as Ordinary People, I’m Going Down, Lovesong, and her acapella verse last night???? Yes girl…. U served all season, consistently! And Miss Candace and JHud simply gave me life tonight. Work diva’s!

    • Ann says:

      This! You named some early standouts / favs that should not be forgotten. ”Ordinary People’ … sublime. Could go on & on but will just say … am grateful for the gift and talent that is Candice. May she live her dreams happily ever after.

  16. Danny says:

    I voted for the Band Perry/Janelle as best of the night. I thought they were great at the Country Music Awards and became a fan of them then.

    • marie says:

      Yes, that was pretty wonderful. Janelle was terrific!

    • marie says:

      Yes, that was wonderful. Janelle was terrific!

    • darcy's evil twin says:

      I was getting stuff picked up from planting outdoor plants and that performance stopped me dead in my tracks!

    • j says:

      Bought The Band Perry’s album and I am replaying their performance with Janelle on my DVR.

      Give Janelle a record contract. She has so much potential to be a star!

      • Danny says:

        Oh, for what it’s worth, a friend of mine (online friend) works at a store. She’s told me about The Band Perry because they’re from her town. She said they come into her store quite a bit and are the nicest people. I sort of knew who they were because I’d been told about them, but it didn’t really register with me until I saw them on the show a couple of months ago. I’m not really much of a country fan, but for whatever reason I LOVE the country music award shows.
        It was pretty cool to see them and think “That’s the group I was told about!!”
        They were great then and great today. Janelle kicked some tail right along w/ em today.

    • Gomes says:

      I was pumping my fist to that performance. It was great.

    • The Beach says:

      That was a great way to start off the night…very high energy, lots of stage presence and great singing.

  17. Fl says:

    Glad it’s done — next year, new judges, new contestants, and –one hopes — new producers. The hope for next year is dim but not extinguished. Though they sure did their best to ruin the franchise.

    • Owen says:

      Look. This was my least favorite year of Idol. I love that a girl won. I love that a girl of Candice’s talent won. Every year since David Cook I have preferred a specific girl singer (though I have almost always, with the exception of Lee, enjoyed and have been happy for the inevitable boy winner) and have bemoaned the fact that a girl never wins anymore. However, the blatant manipulation of the casting process left me cold. Six lackluster guys? I mean, how do you care about a season when half the contestants are obviously not good. Especially when you KNOW the reason why its happening. Would I have sacrificed a girl winning, even Candice, one of the greatest contestants EVER in the history of American Idol, if it meant an honest (okay, more honest) casting process, of at least a couple boys of equal talent to the girls? Yes. Yes, yes, yes!! (sorry Candice). Not many people talk about it, but the REAL reason the ratings fell so hard and so quickly was the fact that teenage girls and the “frauen” (to use a VFTW term) did not have someone to, well, Idolize. Young girls,(and, I guess, older women) LOVE to watch cute boys sing on television. They love it. This goes back to Elvis and the Beatles. Why do you think Laz lasted so long? These particular viewers had to hold on to SOMETHING. Idol was losing viewers anyway, but this just iced the cake. And because of this “girl’s year” it backfired. It wasn’t Nikki driving older audiences away. It wasn’t old song theme weeks. It wasn’t because they had a top 10 instead of a top 12. It was because there was no cute white guy with a guitar. And because of this, Idol may never regain its luster. A show I love, no matter how they retweak, is probably, after limping along for the next couple of years, gone. They will try new things, they will fire two of the new (and in my opinion some of the greatest ever) judges. They will obviously OVERSTACK the deck with WGWG’s next year. And it will all be for naught. This season was the nail in the coffin for my beloved show. I’m sorry Candice, I love you, but your win killed American Idol. Just watch and see.

      • Danny says:

        @Owen- A lot of what ya wrote I agree w/. My biggest disagreement is that I feel Nikki drove a lot more people away than ya think. She was toxic for this show.

      • Nan says:

        Every season AI manipulates the semifinalists. Every season talented singers don’t make the final cut while lesser singers do. I’ve always thought that they do it to get a diverse group of singers so the show will have something for everyone. So why the lack of diversity this year? Did they really send home talented WGWGs or did none show up? Don’t know. I’ve wondered if the record label told them they thought a female singer was more marketable than a guy but I can’t see them passing up a terrific male singer just to get one. I’d love to have been at a production meeting for this show.

      • Sima cohen says:

        All too true. By the way did anyone else not notice the total lack of Nikki’s participation in the final? There was no singing by her or duet with her. I’m a 52 year old women who is a big idol fan. When I first heard Nikki was going to be a judge I thought it was appalling but she totally won me over during the season. She actually gave real feedback, something that is not always common with idol judges. I even looked up some of her work and enjoyed it, and was even a bit entertained by her ridiculous appearances. I’ll miss her next year.

  18. agrimesy says:

    Adam Lambert sang beautifully, but he let Angie shine. He supported her. I liked the Candice and JHud performance as a close second, but it turned into a showdown by the end.

    • Lisa says:

      I wonder how much time Adam and Angie had to practice. Adam was watching her very close and harmonizing.

    • Danny says:

      @Agrim- Well stated. It’s like he’s aware he’s had his moment on the show and was willing to let the next person have her turn. I thought it was very classy on his part.

    • Adeem says:

      Yea, but seriously — they turned it into another ballad?

    • Jongirl says:

      That was no more than I expected from him after the way he supported Alison in their Season 8 duet. I knew he’d be that way–that’s why he’d make a great judge or mentor.

    • BillyBob says:

      Candice and J Hud at the end reminded me of ‘The Voice’ battle rounds.

  19. dani n. says:

    Why didn’t Nikki perform? Any clues?

    • Not only did she not perform but she didn’t say a peep. My guess is that she knows she is getting fired so she didn’t wanna bother. Not a smart idea given that a ton of people watch this show, but that’s her call.

      • marie says:

        Unlike Keith, Mariah, and even Randy, Nicki looked bored / pissed off most of the time. Time for her to go.

      • SnoreBrothers says:

        I thought the same. Since it was confirmed Nicki would not be back. She just shut it down. Not classy on her part.

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      If I weren’t a singer, there is no way in heck I would attempt to stand on the same stage as Mariah friggin’ Carey. It would only point out that she is in a very different (much lesser) league. This was the smartest decision she has made all season. Along with being quiet.

      • Danny says:

        @Teeny- Nikki’s singing wouldn’t hold up to Lazaro’s, much less Mariah’s. For all the criticizing she’s done, she knows she would have been on the receiving end of it had she tried to grab a mic and actually sing. In a nutshell, she didn’t want 7,000 people shouting at her to get off the stage.

      • The Beach says:

        Speaking of Mariah’s performance…was that live or was it taped at another venue? It didn’t look like the Idol stage and one minute there were backup singers and then the next a full choir and then they disappeared. Am I missing something here?

        • marie says:

          Looked pre-taped AND lip-synched as well. Pre-taped, OK, there are pre-taped performances on results shows all through the season, but I’m baffled as to why Mariah felt she couldn’t (or didn’t want to) sing live.

          • Becca says:

            SLEZAK…FIRST OFF…

            It was not lipped. It was DUBBED. As was Keith’s! They just spliced Mariah’s poorly. Each performed three times last night and they took the best vocals. You can hear Mariah’s LIVE performance (RAW VOCALS) here:

            http://lovebscott.com/news/watch-mariah-carey-performs-beautiful-a-medley-of-hits-on-idol-video/

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            It’s ironic the point of this show is to find a singer that can sing live – so why aren’t the judges that are established stars and being paid milions singing “live”?

          • SnoreBrothers says:

            For $18 million Mariah was getting paid. She should of sang live. Slithering on a motorcycle. Did anyone noticed Mariah FLIPPIN Carey was the only one not to stand after J. Lo’s performance? J. Lo’s performance was a hot mess. That’s why I like Shakira on The Voice so much, she is like the latina girl next door. :)

      • scyren says:

        I thought Nicki was more considered a rapper. It’s interesting because they aren’t the same type of performers but yet everyone compares them. Mariah couldn’t rap to save her life and Nicki can’t sing to save her life. Although, at least Nicki can move around the stage. Mariah needs to take those stupid heels off. I’m not a fan of either of them.

    • Danny says:

      Well, the last time she actually “sang” on the show, she forgot her lyrics. The same thing she shouted Devin, Lararo, & Burnell off the stage for. The record kept playing though, so she stood there and looked like an idiot for a moment. Then she begged Jennifer for a job. Idol hired her and it cost them $15,000,000 + perks. It was a total disaster when Idol found out they’d paid Mona Lisa $$$$$ and got a 3rd grade piece of art.
      Idol didn’t want to have a repeat.

      • Becca says:

        Oh please, Jennifer ACTUALLY lipped the ENTIRE THING. As she did last season and the season before.

        • Danny says:

          @Becca- we’re on the same page I think. I can’t stand Jlo. I was referring to the mess about Nikki when she sang (before she was on the show). I wasn’t defending Jlo in the least. I was simply saying that after Nikki forgot her lyrics, she then had the stones to talk about how she wanted to be a judge.

    • ali427 says:

      Because she can’t sing?? :)

    • Nan says:

      I think Nicki knew this wasn’t her audience so she wisely decided to be a spectator.

  20. LeahKittyS says:

    For length’s sake, I’m breaking up the conclusion to the “American Idol Horror Story” into two separate posts. Here is Part 1; scroll down in the thread to find Part 2 (somewhere)!
    (Scene: Nigel’s secret office. Candice and Kree stare Nigel down with their sharp poles pointed at him. Angie’s dead body grows cold on the floor at their feet.)
    Nigel: So we meet again, ladies, for the last time.
    Candice: Damn right it’s the last time, since you’re not walking out of here.
    Nigel: Ha! You two think you can stop me when all your little friends could not?
    Kree: Maybe we can’t, but you’ve got too much blood on your hands for us not to try.
    Nigel: Now, Kreetia dearie, play nice. If you kill me now, that would make you just as bad as me for what I did. Wouldn’t it?
    Candice: You are so full of bulls**t. I don’t understand why you couldn’t let everyone have an equal chance at the fortune, instead of slaughtering people left and right.
    Nigel: And I don’t understand why you couldn’t just let the game play out as I planned it, instead of making this big deal out of it.
    Kree: Not make a big deal out of murder?! Sorry Nigel, we’re not your brand of heartless.
    Nigel: My dear Kree Annette, you’ve been through enough pain already. Why haven’t you toughened up yet? Let it be, and go on like a grown up. And what a shocking turn of events this is for you, Candice. Weren’t you always the driven one, the determined one, the one who would stop at nothing to get her hands on the fortune? I’ve practically handed it to you, and you’re not happy getting what you’ve always wanted?
    Candice: Not at the expense of my brothers and sisters! You don’t know what we’ve been through! You don’t understand how hard we’ve worked to get here, how we’ve grown so close! Do you know anything about love, or friendship, you, you…Devil’s man?!
    Nigel: (Evil laugh) That’s it, Candice. Feel that anger. Feel that fear. Feel that hate. (Walks toward her, becoming shadowy) That’s all it will take to stop me, sweet Candi Rickelle. Build it up for the fight and you will–
    (Kree blocks Nigel from Candice, the tip of her pole in his face.)
    Kree: Get away from her. If you think we’re gonna buy anything you say–
    (Suddenly there is a high, pained scream from the shelf on the wall. For the first time, Candice and Kree notice that the white wisps in the spheres are constantly in motion. Kree feels her eyes growing wet, for she recognizes the voice.)
    Kree: Angie…
    Nigel: (backing off) Oh? You miss your sister? You feel her pain? (Presents the shelf) Go on, girls. Take a listen.
    (Candice and Kree approach the shelf)
    Candice: (shaking) What…what is it?
    Nigel: This, my darlings, is how I have kept myself alive for more than two hundred years.
    Kree: Two hundred?! But…your records…your birthday–
    Nigel: I thought you weren’t going to buy anything I said. But yes, the dark forces have blessed me with this longevity after I gained them a foothold in the music world. Unfortunately nothing gets you nothing with them, and I must maintain this gift myself. And I do so by collecting the souls of aspiring young singers, and trapping them in this contraption.
    Candice: What contraption? All I see is a bunch of shelves.
    Nigel: The contraption is on the other side of the wall. The wheels turn, the ship moves forward, the surface is clean, all through the labor of crushed imprisoned souls (Another scream emits from the shelf.) Although on occasion, a tortured scream makes it through the sound barrier.
    (Candice and Kree walk the row of shelves, fixated on the orbs.)
    Kree: (quietly) Oh, Candice, it’s horrible! They’re all in there! Angie, Amber, Janelle, and all our brothers are being held captive!
    Nigel: And that’s not all. Keep going.
    Candice: (shifting from sphere to sphere) Aubrey…Charlie…Nick…Elijah…Breanna…
    Kree: And what’s this…JDA…Kevin…Shubha…David…Jett…oh, sweet little Juliana!
    Candice: (Angrily at Nigel) You’ve been at this from the beginning!
    Nigel: Hey, what happens in Vegas is supposed to stay in Vegas. Thirteen is the magic number of the dark spirits, and three of them got me to my place today. As such, I need thirty-nine souls to keep myself alive. I have thirty-eight here. Now I just need one more, and then the last one of you can claim the fortune. How does that sound?
    Kree: And you expect us to fight each other so you can add one more soul to your slave galley? You’re out of your mind!
    Nigel: Is that your way of saying you’d like to surrender yourself for your sister? How sweet of you! (Picks up a long bread knife)
    Candice: I don’t think so!
    KEEP SCROLLING FOR PART 2

  21. Princess Adora says:

    YESSSS!!!!

  22. Mari says:

    Adam and Angie sounded perfect on Titanium. Adam made Angie shine. That’s how you do a duet.

    • marie says:

      Yes, that duet was all kinds of great too. They sounded perfect together.

    • Andrea says:

      Their duet seemed too contrived and out-of-place. I wasn’t even sure why Adam was brought there to sing that song with her. Maybe if it was a song that was his, but it just didn’t make any sense :(

      • Bailey says:

        I agree, I kinda felt bad for him what with Angie gushing about performing with Jessie J on twitter and then looking so thrilled to sing with her on stage. But with Adam she was like, meh, I guess if I have to.

        • teatime says:

          Angie and Adam was a kinda strange pairing. It worked. He’s a great singer and they sounded good together. But of all the contestants who have name-checked Adam as one of the former contestants that inspired them, I don’t think Angie is one. In fact IIRC she is one of the contestants that has been watching since season 1 and dreaming of competing for all that time. So there was no personal Idol connection between the two, like there often is for finale performances. But they sounded great together and could sing a duet of the same style song.

          • Nan says:

            I think they were paired because they’re both theatrical singers and Adam’s a draw for AI’s audience.

    • The Beach says:

      I thought they harmonized beautifully.

    • SnoreBrothers says:

      Agreed. Adam and Angie duet is PERFECTION. Just the right blend and balance. If Adam weren’t gay, they would make a pretty couple.

  23. init2winitdawg says:

    Congrats to Candice Glover for a well deserved and earned victory. I am downloading I am Beautiful tomorrow for my daughter’s Ipod.

  24. Tops says:

    Poorly produced finale. Thanks for the lip synch Mariah, dont let the door hit you on the sequins on on the way out.

    And who let Lazaro mug for so much camera time at the end. That greasy cretin didn’t even have the sense to spit out his gum.

    It would be nice to wake up to news of Nigel’s ugly firing and subsequent arrest and deportation going down behind the scenes after the finale.

    Good riddance to a terrible season. C’mon lucky number 13!

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      Oh, so she did lip sync. Hmm… I thought there was something weird going on. I am not as upset when someone I *know* can sing does it, just slightly disappointed.

      • Adeem says:

        Lots of lip syncing tonight.

      • WishesRandyCouldn'tSpeak says:

        She didn’t lip synch, she had performed this last night all live. That’s why it looked strange, IDOL just meshed em up and all together lol.

        • Teeny Bikini says:

          Really?! That’s interesting. Your username is hysterical. I guess you’re glad he’s retiring. It was very weird to see him on stage tonight. I am not sure I was ready to see him standing…

          • WishesRandyCouldn'tSpeak says:

            Haha, well that’s according to a tweet Melinda Doolittle responded to! At first I was like wait why is she lyp synching? lol. But I mean – it’s kinda hard to tell, when she sings those songs live, it’s pretty much identical to the recording as in its perfect lmao.

            And thanks! Ha, yup! My WISH has finally come true. Will no longer have to hear him speak again. Thank the lord.

        • marie says:

          No, actually she was clearly lip-synching; quite a few times her mouth didn’t match the sounds exactly. Watch it again, it’s pretty easy to detect.

        • The Beach says:

          Oh, thanks for clearing that up. I knew something didn’t look right or “live” but didn’t understand why. And speaking of “why”…why would she not just perform tonight?

          • Bailey says:

            maybe because it would take 6 hours for her to walk from her judges chair to the stage.

        • Nan says:

          I didn’t notice the lip syncing because I was so distracted by her right hand,.Was she conducting the band, waving off flies, or blessing the audience? I wondered if they used a crane to get her into position cause she sure didn’t walk in that dress.

    • Adam Fachry says:

      Lazaro looked like a total jackass when he chewed his gum during Candice’s victory.

    • Seriouzzllyy says:

      There are two artist everyone claims of lip syncing all the time: Beyoncé and Mariah Carey. Its like people want to denounce the fact that they can actually sing. Look, Mariah pre-taped the performance yesterday but she didn’t lip synch, she sang it live. Backtracking’s were on her performance for #beautiful but the recordings for her medley of her hit songs was very much live. And the whistle note she did at the end of #beautiful was live also. But I guess after 20 plus years in the business people assume she can’t sing anymore. She proved the naysayers wrong tonight. Mariah still sounds and looks great, which is more than I can say for 98% of the artist out today. Haterzgonehate.

      • marie says:

        No, I know she can still sing, and very well. But watch again. On some words, her mouth does not exactly match the sounds we are hearing. She was synching, no doubt. It’s BECAUSE I know she can still sing so well that I’m very puzzled by her decision not to.

        • WishesRandyCouldn'tSpeak says:

          Hmm. I dunno. I don’t know about anyone else but the tv just cut right in the middle of her song from commercial it was really weird lol. And like I thought there was a delay cuz usually that happens when the show is cut into like that (like a minor delay). I dunno, I was reading stuff online and ppl commenting on who was there and they said it was live! Lol ah well who knows.

      • The Beach says:

        You forgot Britney.

      • deedee says:

        Mariah was definitely not lip synching to her original recordings because she changed the notes up quite a bit, but it did look like she was lipping to prerecorded vocals. Tbh, I wasn’t sure what I was looking at :)! The transitions between songs in the medley were so choppy and weird – almost amateurish.

  25. MB says:

    So happy for Candice. She truly deserves this.

  26. Larali says:

    At laaaaaaaaast… a chaamp has come along, my bitter days are over, since Candice Glover has just woon….

  27. darcy's evil twin says:

    Wow. Just wow. I am stunned and thrilled. SO happy for Candice!
    .
    I must say today I was reflecting on how this had been a somewhat dull season – but what a finale! I enjoyed nearly every minute of the program. JANELLE! WITH THE BAND PERRY! Where was THIS girl all season? Hair-flipping and everything!
    .
    Angie with Adam Lambert! That was amazing and I LOVED her energy with Jessie J! Where was THIS girl? Same goes for Kree singing with Keith Urban (with Randy on bass).
    .
    I enjoyed the guys singing the Four Seasons songs. who was singing the falsetto on “Walk Like a Man”? Wow, Burnell sounded great, Curtis can really move, Devin is a throwback to an earlier time for sure, and Paul sounded great. Still don’t care for Lazaro, LOL.
    .
    I even enjoyed all the corny comedy. the skit about sabotaging the guys was cute with Jordin at the end (very clever) and I thought I would die when Devin was wearing that blue wig and leopard pants.
    .
    And say what you will about Mariah but wow, what talent!

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      This is exactly what the contestants needed. To perform with professionals so it helped them elevate their performances. It was like a tutorial for “how it’s done” in real-time. This is the kind of mentoring they need on the show as well. Anyway, loved it. I almost turned off Angie until I saw Adam (and of course, I was happy) – and then, along came Jessie J and she just killed it. Dang, she is great!

    • The Beach says:

      Hey Darcy, you forgot Mr. Gangnam style. I’ll bet you were hopping all over your living room :-)

      • darcy's evil twin says:

        LOL, I fast-forwarded through him!

        Jessie J’s luggage must have been misplaced during the flight across the pond. She had to borrow an outfit from J-Lo!

      • Rick says:

        I was hoping he would be Lazaro’s duet partner

  28. Jessica says:

    Yay!! :D I am so happy for Candice and Kree. Candice winning is so wonderful! I LOVED Candice and Jennifer singing. That was the best idol moment for me since I have been watching AI. I really enjoyed Adam Lambert also-the other stuff…eh. Candice won!! That makes me happy.

  29. Adam Fachry says:

    YOU BETTA WEEERRKKK!!! Lol, it’s funny. Back when Angie was in the top three, I said “might as well throw a confetti shower at her cause she’s gonna win”, and then she was eliminated. And yesterday, I said “who would win?: Kree”. And it all resulted in a Candice win. Did I just jinx the other two? lol. But yeah, no matter the outcome, I genuinely think the crown could’ve been given to both.

    My fvorite performances this season:
    1. Candice – Lovesong
    2. Candice – I (Who Have Nothing (Finale)
    3. Kree – Crying (severely underrated)
    4. Kree – Help Me Make I Through The Night
    5. Candice – Don’t Make Me Over
    6. Kree – Evidence
    7. Candice – I’m Going Down
    8. Janelle – You Keep Me Hangin’ On
    9. Kree – Up to the Mountain (Finale)
    10. Amber – She’s Leaving Home (severely underrated too)

    Honorable Mention:
    Candice – Come Together.

    • scyren says:

      I love ordinary people. It’s interesting cause I could name almost every song Candice sings. I can’t remember Kree on anything you’ve listed.

    • AlyB says:

      I think Candice’s “You’ve Changed” ranks among the greats this season too.

  30. paula says:

    Wow, the producers must have really expected Angie to win when they were scheduling for the finale, since they scheduled her to sing with Adam Lambert and Jessie J! Angie and Adam sounded great to together! Adam knows how to do a duet gracefully. And nice consolation prize! Doing a concert with Jessie J!

    Loved the Candice/Kree duet! And I’m so glad Candice won; she’s such an impressive vocalist and performer.

    • Gomes says:

      It wasn’t scheduled. If you heard what Jessie J said it was meant that Angie would sing her original song but Jessie J just flew in.

      • paula says:

        I know the Jessie J duet was a last minute thing, but I knew about the Adam duet two weeks ago. That’s what I meant. Jessie J was definitely a consolation prize they came up with when they realized she didn’t make the final two.

  31. Amy says:

    YES!! YES!! AND….YESSSS! :)
    SO HAPPY for Candice!
    …and Kree’s gonna be fine too. Congrats to them both.
    Excellent Finale (I’m often bored during them…actually J.Lo was the most boring; not a surprise.) BUT the rest of the show had some great stuff– Adam & Angie rocked it perfectly, great surprise to see them! She looked awesome, her thing with Jessie J. was great and she gets to go to the U.K. to perform with her, that was a nice touch. Mea culpa to Angie fans…more than ever tonight I understood her potential star-power.

    Keith….loved his new single and his performance…if he’s not back next year I may have to give up on Idol….he gives off such a positive, music-lovin’, laid back vibe…and he’s just too dang delicious.

    …but I digress….righ Ms. Candice, 3rd time was the charm….she deserved it.

    I hope we can finally put that “race card” away, in the attic with Randy’s jackets, once and for all.
    My feeling has always been America votes for the singers they love the most, black, white, country, rock, r&b, pop, girl, guy. And the cream usually rises to the top 2 on Idol. (except for that Daughtry year..)

    ps. did Ms. 12 million Dahling Diva of the 100 #1 singles have the nerve to lip-synch tonight?!

    Anyway~Yay Candice! :)

  32. bbl says:

    America gets it right.

  33. Connor says:

    Congrats to both Candice for winning American Idol. It was well deserved. Also a winner tonight was Angie Miller with her single being released tonight and also going to the UK to perform on tour.

    • WishesRandyCouldn'tSpeak says:

      Agreed. Both well deserved, my top 2 this year and rightly so :D

      Congrats Candi girl, loved you since last year and u made me watch the season again after Jessica’s second place finish. Well deserved, you are beautiful and not only a singer, but a star, I really mean that.

  34. C Michal says:

    Loved Adam and Angie’s duet …!!!
    Beautiful harmony…how very generous and classy to let Angie shine.

    • Amy says:

      Adam was SO gracious with her…giving off such a nice, non-diva vibe tonight. And he sounded fantastic, as usual. They sounded fantastic together and Angie sure knows how to hold her own with the established stars…gotta hand it to her. She was having a blast with Jessie J. Good job!

    • Renee says:

      Agree!! And after the Candice/JHud duet, I was reminded of how much more moving a song can be when the focus is on emotion and shading a great vocal rather than blasting full out. We know Adam has vocal power for days but he and Angie transformed Titanium for me with this delicate duet. Angie did a beautiful job in staying right with him. I just thought it was beautiful.

  35. Princess Adora says:

    As for spicing up next season, I’d love to see a Pink week and a Sheryl Crow week.

    • lucy27lucy says:

      Now that would be awesome!! Crow would bring in a drop of a different demographic (she was 10 years prior to Pink’s peak), with still relevant music – and I think her music would suit a lot of different singer, while allowing them to mix it up as well. Pink has just been awesome and on a roll!! Cmon AI , something new

  36. Mafs95 says:

    OMG I’m soooo happy!!! I can’t believe it! This girls totally deserved it. This is the first time since Season 7 where my favourite right from the beginning won this freaking competition!! I’m really sooooooo happy… I’m smiling from ear to ear.

  37. I didn’t have a clear favorite this season as it was so lackluster but always thought Candice deserved to win and I’m very happy for her. Tonight the best performance goes to Adam and Angie by a landslide. Producers did mess up by Angie doing duet with JessieJ right after his and Angie’s. There was NO time to let it sink in. The duet with Adam was beautiful and hope that Adam will do more songs like the cover tonight. His voice is phenomenal. He allowed Angie to shine unlike JJ.

  38. Temperance says:

    As far as i’m concered (and just like last year) the Idol was obvious from their audition – last year it was the teriffic Phillip Phillips and this year, the exceptional Candace Glover. Three cheers for real talent two years running!

    • Amy says:

      ITA. On both counts…I too thought it was pretty obvious all year both years too. …and deserving. :) Yay.

  39. lori says:

    That Candice-Jennifer Hudson duet was unbelievable! So happy for Candice, will buy music by Candice and Kress and I like the Angie, Adam,Jessie J music, although I felt Angie was a bit screams with Adam. The right person won.

  40. Marisa says:

    I’m so happy Candice won. I let out a small scream cause I didn’t want to look crazy in front of the parents. I guess we have to wait for the west coast airing before the album is available for preorder.

    And if Ryan doesn’t return for Season 13, I’m out.

  41. Bantha Poodoo says:

    Can I do a write-in vote for the Dawg Pound? If you’re telling the world that Randy is finally leaving, that’s gotta be worth something!

    • MC says:

      I thought that was a funny, entertaining segment. I know it’s heresy to say that on this site, but what the heck. I enjoyed watching that group of “dawgs.”

  42. Greta says:

    Ecstatic! Well done, Candice!

  43. J says:

    Congrats to Candice.

    But HELLO!! Janelle rocked that stage tonight with The Band Perry. Give this gal a record contract. She is going to be a country star.

  44. CANDICE WON! (aka LeahKittyS) says:

    For length’s sake, I’m breaking up the conclusion to the “American Idol Horror Story” into two separate posts. Here is Part 1; scroll down in the thread to find Part 2 (somewhere)!
    (Scene: Nigel’s secret office. Candice and Kree stare Nigel down with their sharp poles pointed at him. Angie’s dead body grows cold on the floor at their feet.)
    Nigel: So we meet again, ladies, for the last time.
    Candice: Damn right it’s the last time, since you’re not walking out of here.
    Nigel: Ha! You two think you can stop me when all your little friends could not?
    Kree: Maybe we can’t, but you’ve got too much blood on your hands for us not to try.
    Nigel: Now, Kreetia dearie, play nice. If you kill me now, that would make you just as bad as me for what I did. Wouldn’t it?
    Candice: You are so full of bulls**t. I don’t understand why you couldn’t let everyone have an equal chance at the fortune, instead of slaughtering people left and right.
    Nigel: And I don’t understand why you couldn’t just let the game play out as I planned it, instead of making this big deal out of it.
    Kree: Not make a big deal out of murder?! Sorry Nigel, we’re not your brand of heartless.
    Nigel: My dear Kree Annette, you’ve been through enough pain already. Why haven’t you toughened up yet? Let it be, and go on like a grown up. And what a shocking turn of events this is for you, Candice. Weren’t you always the driven one, the determined one, the one who would stop at nothing to get her hands on the fortune? I’ve practically handed it to you, and you’re not happy getting what you’ve always wanted?
    Candice: Not at the expense of my brothers and sisters! You don’t know what we’ve been through! You don’t understand how hard we’ve worked to get here, how we’ve grown so close! Do you know anything about love, or friendship, you, you…Devil’s man?!
    Nigel: (Evil laugh) That’s it, Candice. Feel that anger. Feel that fear. Feel that hate. (Walks toward her, becoming shadowy) That’s all it will take to stop me, sweet Candi Rickelle. Build it up for the fight and you will–
    (Kree blocks Nigel from Candice, the tip of her pole in his face.)
    Kree: Get away from her. If you think we’re gonna buy anything you say–
    (Suddenly there is a high, pained scream from the shelf on the wall. For the first time, Candice and Kree notice that the white wisps in the spheres are constantly in motion. Kree feels her eyes growing wet, for she recognizes the voice.)
    Kree: Angie…
    Nigel: (backing off) Oh? You miss your sister? You feel her pain? (Presents the shelf) Go on, girls. Take a listen.
    (Candice and Kree approach the shelf)
    Candice: (shaking) What…what is it?
    Nigel: This, my darlings, is how I have kept myself alive for more than two hundred years.
    Kree: Two hundred?! But…your records…your birthday–
    Nigel: I thought you weren’t going to buy anything I said. But yes, the dark forces have blessed me with this longevity after I gained them a foothold in the music world. Unfortunately nothing gets you nothing with them, and I must maintain this gift myself. And I do so by collecting the souls of aspiring young singers, and trapping them in this contraption.
    Candice: What contraption? All I see is a bunch of shelves.
    Nigel: The contraption is on the other side of the wall. The wheels turn, the ship moves forward, the surface is clean, all through the labor of crushed imprisoned souls (Another scream emits from the shelf.) Although on occasion, a tortured scream makes it through the sound barrier.
    (Candice and Kree walk the row of shelves, fixated on the orbs.)
    Kree: (quietly) Oh, Candice, it’s horrible! They’re all in there! Angie, Amber, Janelle, and all our brothers are being held captive!
    Nigel: And that’s not all. Keep going.
    Candice: (shifting from sphere to sphere) Aubrey…Charlie…Nick…Elijah…Breanna…
    Kree: And what’s this…JDA…Kevin…Shubha…David…Jett…oh, sweet little Juliana!
    Candice: (Angrily at Nigel) You’ve been at this from the beginning!
    Nigel: Hey, what happens in Vegas is supposed to stay in Vegas. Thirteen is the magic number of the dark spirits, and three of them got me to my place today. As such, I need thirty-nine souls to keep myself alive. I have thirty-eight here. Now I just need one more, and then the last one of you can claim the fortune. How does that sound?
    Kree: And you expect us to fight each other so you can add one more soul to your slave galley? You’re out of your mind!
    Nigel: Is that your way of saying you’d like to surrender yourself for your sister? How sweet of you! (Picks up a long bread knife)
    Candice: I don’t think so!
    KEEP SCROLLING FOR PART 2

  45. Rick says:

    Angie should have sung You Set Me Free, and I’m not used to disagreeing with her because during the show she always seemed to make the right choice, even when the song choice sounded like a recipe for disaster.

    Happy for Candice, although I ended up not watching last night. Duet with Jennifer Hudson was great but not even close to Jessica and Halliday last year.

    The sabotage piece was highly entertaining because they actually did get sabotaged, and Jordin’s WGWG and Voice burn were awesome.

    Overall very boring and uneventful season, the talent pool is probably drying up. How many of this year’s top 10 were past season rejects, it seems like no one new is auditioning.

  46. Amy says:

    re: Mariah….it wasn’t even good lip synching….it was lip out of synching. It looked comical, like a bad SNL parody of Mariah singing.

    • darcy's evil twin says:

      LOL. I was only listening to her. I wasn’t watching. Surely she can sing live for the kind of talent she has.

      • Amy says:

        Exactly. Don’t understand why she didn’t. And how she wouldn’t be embarrassed not to, with everyone involved knowing. Didn’t get it. It was bad.

        • WishesRandyCouldn'tSpeak says:

          I read on melinda’s twitter reply to someone, that she did perform live last night – IDOL just meshed some of her songs up for today from last night lol.

    • marie says:

      Exactly – OUT of synch.

    • Bailey says:

      Mariah wasn’t lip syncing tho. Lip syncing is performing live but not singing live (ie what J-Ho did) but Mariah wasn’t performing live, it was pre-taped. That’s why I can’t understand for the life of me how it got so out of sync when they aired it. It was quite comica actually.

  47. darcy's evil twin says:

    Oh, and Thank You Jesus they FINALLY got Candice and Kree into lovely gowns and out of the skinny leggings!

  48. Guest says:

    Hey guys, LeahKittyS here! For some reason the comment section is being a pain to me so I have to give you this under a different name. But it really is me.
    For length’s sake, I’m breaking up the conclusion to the “American Idol Horror Story” into two separate posts. Here is Part 1; scroll down in the thread to find Part 2 (somewhere)!
    (Scene: Nigel’s secret office. Candice and Kree stare Nigel down with their sharp poles pointed at him. Angie’s dead body grows cold on the floor at their feet.)
    Nigel: So we meet again, ladies, for the last time.
    Candice: Damn right it’s the last time, since you’re not walking out of here.
    Nigel: Ha! You two think you can stop me when all your little friends could not?
    Kree: Maybe we can’t, but you’ve got too much blood on your hands for us not to try.
    Nigel: Now, Kreetia dearie, play nice. If you kill me now, that would make you just as bad as me for what I did. Wouldn’t it?
    Candice: You are so full of bulls**t. I don’t understand why you couldn’t let everyone have an equal chance at the fortune, instead of slaughtering people left and right.
    Nigel: And I don’t understand why you couldn’t just let the game play out as I planned it, instead of making this big deal out of it.
    Kree: Not make a big deal out of murder?! Sorry Nigel, we’re not your brand of heartless.
    Nigel: My dear Kree Annette, you’ve been through enough pain already. Why haven’t you toughened up yet? Let it be, and go on like a grown up. And what a shocking turn of events this is for you, Candice. Weren’t you always the driven one, the determined one, the one who would stop at nothing to get her hands on the fortune? I’ve practically handed it to you, and you’re not happy getting what you’ve always wanted?
    Candice: Not at the expense of my brothers and sisters! You don’t know what we’ve been through! You don’t understand how hard we’ve worked to get here, how we’ve grown so close! Do you know anything about love, or friendship, you, you…Devil’s man?!
    Nigel: (Evil laugh) That’s it, Candice. Feel that anger. Feel that fear. Feel that hate. (Walks toward her, becoming shadowy) That’s all it will take to stop me, sweet Candi Rickelle. Build it up for the fight and you will–
    (Kree blocks Nigel from Candice, the tip of her pole in his face.)
    Kree: Get away from her. If you think we’re gonna buy anything you say–
    (Suddenly there is a high, pained scream from the shelf on the wall. For the first time, Candice and Kree notice that the white wisps in the spheres are constantly in motion. Kree feels her eyes growing wet, for she recognizes the voice.)
    Kree: Angie…
    Nigel: (backing off) Oh? You miss your sister? You feel her pain? (Presents the shelf) Go on, girls. Take a listen.
    (Candice and Kree approach the shelf)
    Candice: (shaking) What…what is it?
    Nigel: This, my darlings, is how I have kept myself alive for more than two hundred years.
    Kree: Two hundred?! But…your records…your birthday–
    Nigel: I thought you weren’t going to buy anything I said. But yes, the dark forces have blessed me with this longevity after I gained them a foothold in the music world. Unfortunately nothing gets you nothing with them, and I must maintain this gift myself. And I do so by collecting the souls of aspiring young singers, and trapping them in this contraption.
    Candice: What contraption? All I see is a bunch of shelves.
    Nigel: The contraption is on the other side of the wall. The wheels turn, the ship moves forward, the surface is clean, all through the labor of crushed imprisoned souls (Another scream emits from the shelf.) Although on occasion, a tortured scream makes it through the sound barrier.
    (Candice and Kree walk the row of shelves, fixated on the orbs.)
    Kree: (quietly) Oh, Candice, it’s horrible! They’re all in there! Angie, Amber, Janelle, and all our brothers are being held captive!
    Nigel: And that’s not all. Keep going.
    Candice: (shifting from sphere to sphere) Aubrey…Charlie…Nick…Elijah…Breanna…
    Kree: And what’s this…JDA…Kevin…Shubha…David…Jett…oh, sweet little Juliana!
    Candice: (Angrily at Nigel) You’ve been at this from the beginning!
    Nigel: Hey, what happens in Vegas is supposed to stay in Vegas. Thirteen is the magic number of the dark spirits, and three of them got me to my place today. As such, I need thirty-nine souls to keep myself alive. I have thirty-eight here. Now I just need one more, and then the last one of you can claim the fortune. How does that sound?
    Kree: And you expect us to fight each other so you can add one more soul to your slave galley? You’re out of your mind!
    Nigel: Is that your way of saying you’d like to surrender yourself for your sister? How sweet of you! (Picks up a long bread knife)
    Candice: I don’t think so!
    KEEP SCROLLING FOR PART 2

  49. init2winitdawg says:

    We know Candice and Angie will have singles available on Itunes tomorrow, what about Kree?!!!!

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