American Idol Recap: The Winner Is... Plus —  Season 14 Finale Awards!

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A good American Idol finale is kind of like the Fountain of Youth — and that’s not only a reference to 43-year-old Ricky Martin, 45-year-old J.Lo and 44-year-old Jordan Knight taking the stage and looking like they halted the aging process back in the late ’90s.

After 13 grueling weeks of voting — encompassing some 250 competitive performances and a pupu platter of “Wait! Noooo!” eliminations — it’d be easy for even the most committed Idoloonie to feel drained, dazed and depleted. And yet tonight’s Season 14 capper proved so fun, so festive and so jam-packed with music — most of it actually pretty good! — I’d be game if Fox told me they’d scheduled the show’s 15th (and final) season to kick off in June. (Don’t get it twisted, ABC. I’m in no way asking for Season 2 of Rising Star.)

FM2_6059_hires1The elegantly hypnotic Quentin Alexander brought us a flawless “Riptide” alongside Vance Joy. Eliminated-too-early Sarina-Joi Crowe and Adanna Duru served up ’70s realness alongside Nile Rodgers on a medley of Chic hits. And let’s not forget solid moments for Joey Cook (harmonizing sweetly with Echosmith), Jax (writhing on the judges’ table with Steve Tyler) and Tyanna Jones (fronting a geriatric Jackson 5).

Oh, and did I mention Rayvon Owen — freed of competitive pressure and delivering a superstar-level vocal on a duet of Jamie Foxx’s (really great) new single “In Love By Now”?

Whoops! Sorry, folks! I’m burying the big news, of course — which, put in the terminology of the board-game Clue, would go a little something like this: “Ryan Seacrest, in a tux, with the results envelope!”

Would it be season-long front-runner Clark “Church in My Howl! Not a Whole Lot in My Eyes!” Beckham, whose status looked cloudier after clashing with mentor (and possible future boss) Scott Borchetta and stumbling in the final weeks of the competition?

Or would the confetti shower go to Nick “King of Consistency — Maybe ‘Cause I Never Leave My Lane!” Fradiani, whose month-of-May crescendo included a vastly improved stage presence and a coronation-single performance that converted even Doubting Cowells such as yours truly into loopy, unmedicated Paulas?

FM1_1122_hires1At the end of the zippy two-hour telecast, the lights were dimmed (by Kieran, thank goodness) and Ryan dropped the bombshell: The winner of American Idol Season 14 is… NICK FRADIANI!

As I said in my recap of Tuesday’s show, Nick was the correct choice from Season 14’s Top 2. As Clark increasingly performed like he was ambivalent about the grand prize, Nick began looking hungrier, singing more passionately and ultimately capping it off with a last hurrah that cracked my list of the 35 Greatest Idol Performances Ever. Unlike a lot of modern pop stars, he sings consistently in tune and knows how to fully inhabit a lyric — and with Scott Borchetta’s considerable marketing muscle behind him, Nick might just be the show’s next legit success story.

In other words, “Congrats, Mr. Fradiani!”

Now, onto my annual Idol Finale Awards Ceremony…

FM2_5833_hires1Best Vocal (by a Season 14 Contestant)
Rayvon Owen & Jamie Foxx — “In Love By Now”: I mean, honestly, that was utterly sublime. I’m not convinced that the competition really brought the best out of the handsome, hat-loving soul singer, but if this duet (of which Rayvon was definitely the star) is a sign of things to come, he’ll have a very fruitful career.

Performance of Which We Will Never Speak Again
Daniel Seavey and NKOTB — “Please Don’t Go Girl”/”Step By Step”/etc: Was it just me, or did it seem almost cruel to put so much emphasis on the cute but vocally limited teenager? This would’ve been a lot more fun if Daniel had been joined by Qaasim, Quentin, Rayvon, Nick and Clark, don’tcha think?

Least Gracious Duet Partner
Why bother having Janelle Monae take the stage with her new single “Yoga” — a major downgrade from her best tunes, if I’m being honest — if she wasn’t going to let Adanna Duru sing so much as a verse? It didn’t matter, though: The Idol grad’s mic may or may not have been on, but her thigh-high boots and killer dance moves were turned all the way up. Rated Y… for Yes, Girl, Yes!

Most Improved
I winced upon hearing Idol was asking Clark Beckham to reprise one of his most listless performances of the season — “Takin’ It to the Streets” — for the finale. But jamming out at side-by-side pianos with Michael McDonald brought out the best in Clark’s vocals — with his Rev. Beckham howls on the final refrain hitting harder than they have all season.

FM2_6489_hires1Separated at Birth Award
Nick Fradiani didn’t look the least bit intimidated joining Andy Grammer on his hits “Back Home” and “Honey I’m Good” — the latter number proving to be the night’s most rollicking, crowd-stirring moment. Of course, maybe Nick seemed so at home because he and his duet partner look (and even sound) eerily similar. (Hey, if one of ’em needs a stunt double for a future video, they know who to call…)

The RuPaul’s Drag Race Prize for Shameless Lipsyncing
I’m still scratching my head over Idol bothering to give Chris Brown a mic to “perform” his new single “Fun” when he could barely be bothered to hold it up to his mouth. (In case you were worried: The blaring pre-recorded vocal track never skipped a beat.) Why couldn’t producers strip Brown of his airtime and give it to a deserving show grad — hrmmm…how about Melinda Doolittle? — rather than waste our time with such a mess? I mean, it’s not like Brown giving finalist Qaasim Middleton a few seconds of the spotlight really made up for it.

FM2_6319_hires1Having the Most Fun
When in Steven Tyler-ville, do as Steven Tyler does. Which is why I couldn’t help but smile as he and third-place finisher Jax wound up on their backs on the judges’ table wailing their faces off on Janis Joplin’s “Piece of My Heart.” Now, who wants to place bets that Jax joins Nick on the artist roster at Scott Borchetta’s Big Machine before the summer’s over?

Most Unexpected Surprise
Just like Tina Turner wonders “What’s love got to do with it?” I couldn’t figure out why Quentin Alexander had been paired with Vance Joy. Yeah, I know the sixth-place finisher had tackled “Riptide” in Hollywood Week, but somehow I’d been holding out hope for Erykah Badu. All that daydreaming went “poof!” and disappeared though as I got totally caught up in the blend of Quentin and Vance’s disparate voices.

FM1_0773_hires1Best Vocal Completely Outside a Contestant’s Genre
I wish Idol producers had hooked Joey Cook up with a modern jazz collaborator and given her a chance to tackle the kind of music at which she truly excels. That said, she was pretty terrific pairing up with Echosmith on their hit “Cool Kids.” Fingers crossed she and Idol bestie Quentin tour together sometime soon — I will definitely buy a ticket!

Greatest Disparity Between Contestant and Special Guest
Tyanna Jones’ bright, shiny dance moves and bell-clear vocals only made the Jacksons seem that much more feeble on a medley of “I Want You Back”/”ABC”/”The Love You Save”/”Shake Your Body Down to the Ground.”

FM2_5623_hires1Singing Well Is the Best Revenge Prize
As I mentioned above, Sarina-Joi and Adanna were especially flawless trading vocals on “We Are Family” early in the telecast, and even Maddie Walker (wayyyy outside her genre) was totally in tune on her part of the Chic melody, too. Not such a bad showing for the first three contestants evicted from the Season 14 finals, eh?

OK, your turn. Did the right person win Idol? Who gave your favorite performance? What moments did you love/loathe? And did J.Lo have an auto-tuned mic on “Diamonds” or has she invested in some serious vocal lessons? Sound off in the comments!
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    • –I don’t think so. They didn’t even give the percentages of how close the vote was like they have in some of the past seasons. Nick deserved the win. He might not have been the most original or creative contestant on this season or even compared to past winners but his sound is current and over Clark he deservedly won. Now what Nick does with the rest of his career and future is up to the team that supports him and his instincts and talent. I hope for the best for him, he seems like a good guy. He was the underdog for a long time and he came out on top. Good for him.
      –I wanted to say Thanks to Michael Slezak for these recaps year after year and to him and Melinda Doolittle for Reality Check. It’s crazy that there is only 1 more year left, I can’t wait to see what Season 15 brings.

      • James Benzinger says:

        Nick is the most commercial. It’s that simple.

        • Karen says:

          Doesn’t matter because he isn’t going to make it. He is too ordinary. Mark my words.

          • Temperance says:

            Honestly, I can’t remember a single song he did. Amusingly, we started talking about this late yesterday, and I couldn’t even remember his *name*.

          • Lol sour grapes much! He will make it…. His fans are loyal unlike the rabid ones Clark seems to have

          • joey says:

            I doubly agree. Nick Blandiani.

          • deedee says:

            He might have success with massive promo and good songs. Scott Borchetta seems to be taking his job very seriously, so things might actually work out for Nick – at least for a hit or two. I hope so. Nick never really registered on my radar because to me he was sort of boring and dependable — never giving a bad performance, but never making me sit up and listen. But I want American Idol to go out on top as a star-maker to the very end, so I’m crossing fingers that Nick makes some sort of splash.

          • JoMarch says:

            Another Kris Allen.

          • Dee says:

            I agree unfortunately. I would just go buy Daughtry. Love his albums.

          • Marcia Vernon says:

            I agree. What’s the point of the competition if it’s just another commercial voice!

          • Go Martez says:

            AMEN…another nail in the AI coffin.

          • Kakhi says:

            Could not agree with you more Karen.. Nick will never make it as he is way to karoke sounding..I predict his record sales will be lower than Caleb’s last year and that was pretty low. On the other hand, Clark like Adam Lambert, will be a huge mega star and can’t not wait to see him rise to the top.

          • flip says:

            I agree Karen. I think Nick is talented but just not unique enough to have a break out career and lasting stardom. I think his last performances definitely edged out Beckham. Nick deserved to win, but I don’t think he will become a superstar.

          • E. Rose says:

            I agree. Nick has no talent.

          • christine juillet says:

            Clarke so much better overall0Nick was so boring consistant yes and didn;t make mistakes but forgettable and those mouth actions every song made us turn him off. Quentin had X factor with camera but Clarke def. best signer .

          • deb19 says:

            I agree as well.

        • kalyn says:

          So Justin was more commercial than Kelly, Jena more than Caleb, Katherine more than Taylor. Its a singing competition. And Clark was the bbetter singer hands down. Nick has less range and the worst voice since Lee Dewyze.

          • Banished says:

            NOBODY sings worse than Lee Dewyze. Nick may have been boring to you, but he was in tune every note, unlike Lee.

          • Lol I love seeing how miserable Clark’s nasty fans are now! Neither Jena nor Caleb seems to have careers going so that is basically a moot point

          • Miscellaneopolan says:

            Wait, on what planet was Justin more commercial than Kelly?

          • deb19 says:

            Nick sounds like a karaoke singer or a lead singer in a cover band or someone who sings at local small town fairs. I just don’t see him getting a ton of record sales. If his first cd does okay I don’t see it lasting after that. I couldn’t even watch all of his performances. I tried to five him chances but he was too boring and his voice just isn’t good to me. I love daughtry and that style of music, but he isn’t even comparable to daughtry. U don’t even hear about daughtry any more anyways. I see Clark having a solid career. He is already singing at the game tonight

          • Donna says:

            Well, what I thought about Clark was right. He did say at first that he thought that he would win. I can’t believe he thought that after all that had happened with Scott Borchetta. He was set up for failure!!! He did also say that Nick was a better fit for SB. You think???!!! Clark is better off finding his own recording company, but there had to be give and take on both sides. I hope he will do like some of the others and be successful without winning AI. The best example, although there are others, is Jennifer Hudson!!! I like Nick ok, but basically he is “a dime a dozen”. That being said, I wish them all success in their careers and life.

        • Jess says:

          Clark is superior. Nick is so mediocre. ALL his performances sound the same. Who hasn’t heard of Sam Smith? Much more current than One Note Fradiani Daughtry copycat.

          • Benjamin says:

            I’m completely agree. It’s a disappointment… and it’s sad how some people just forgot how good and consistent was Clark since the begining in comparison to Nick (it’s bs that someone said at this point that Nick was the fair winner, that he deserve more the crown).

            I really don’t care about this top 2… but i always preffer a consistent and solid musician as winner instead of another flat WGWG. This crown state that If you have the look you just have to play boring and safe… and you can be the next American Idol!.

          • Lyda says:

            Agreed Benjamin and Jess. Clark had consistently good performances from HOB-right to Top 6 I’d say. He had a couple off weeks(4 and 5) and Top 3 he got Beautiful Day shoved at him(that doesn’t suit his style) and then this week the winner’s single shoved at him(doesn’t suit his style) which didn’t help him ala Borchetta. Nick didn’t have one really STAND out performance. Where Clark had many(more so early on but still). I don’t understand what people see/saw in Nick. He reminds me of everything else that is out there.

          • So you prefer a luke-warm Sam smith copycat? ok then

          • karenb says:

            I’ve love me many a WGWG but I just wasn’t feeling it this season with Nick.I know Clark plays guitar too but it seemed like there was more emphasis on his piano playing.and superior vocals. Nick lacks any originality. I guess I just need more artist in my Idol. I really think the wrong person won this year.

          • Davey says:

            I don’t see Nick as a Daughtry type singer at all. Despite his haircut, Nick really seems like he would sing maudlin pop, the type you would hear at Long Island wedding celebration.

          • karyn says:

            I disagree but at least understand your claim that Nick didn’t stand out enough from other singers but Clark is NOT the better singer by any stretch. Clark had some great moments and, when he stays in tune and doesn’t go screechy on us, I really like his voice You find Nick boring b/c he sounds just like many other singers like Daughtry or Rob Thomas, etc., but that is kind of the point – these are successful singers for a reason. Nick was consistent, rarely sang a bum note and is the most radio-ready of this year’s finalists. That’s why he won, pure and simple.

        • Temperance says:

          Jax is the most commercial by miles. Nick is too forgettable.

          • Timmah says:

            Even though I was not a huge Jax fan, I agree. Nick is a pleasant singer, but there is nothing distinctive that he adds to a song. I thought this show was looking for a superstar, but maybe I was wrong.

          • Just believe says:

            Nick who??

          • Temperance says:

            Exactly. This was an incredibly disappointing (and forgettable) finale.

          • HTGR says:

            And the really bizarre thing is that Idol seemed to push for this more plain final…. once again. And they wonder why ever since the Haley attack debacle and the all-country final they did ever remote thing in their power to get the ratings have been falling more and more. It’s easier to get a broad hold on viewership if you give them a broader spread of style in the finale.
            .
            Did they tell any other contestant last night, OK, we’ve decided to give you a crazy hard to pull off song with words going by 100MPH (which makes it hard, realllllllllllly hard, to really sing out and inspire the crowd for the win in this sort of scenario). No, they told the others, this should be in a perfect wheelhouse and something good to get the crowd going. If they wanted her in, they give her a Piece of Me kinda song to work with and get the crowd insane to end, instead they make sure her only song like that goes first. 0.4% A tie by all rights. So it’s really down to who they want and which way they order the songs it seemed.
            (not to attack Clark and congrats to him)

        • syb says:

          It’s hard for me to consider someone commercial if they have nothing about the sound or music that is identifiable, or that separates him from any other lead singer of a bar band. I mean, I hope he does okay, because I hate the Idol franchise going out with a whimper, but as Temperance said in this thread, I cannot remember a single song he sang throughout the entire season except the finale song. Not a single “moment.” He can sing, he’s likeable. He looks good. Maybe he can sell it with the help of Borchetta. But I have low expectations.

        • HTGR says:

          Hard to say. In some ways Jax could have the best chance to really go commercial. She is a bit more versatile and interesting and has a lot going for her. But Nick might be a little bit of an easier safer sale commercially, but that’s both a plus and a minus. It’s hard to say. Safe to say those two were the easiest commercial sales I think.
          .
          I think Borchetta’s group is excellent and I think he might put more into it than anyone has, outside of Simon Cowell, in really trying for contestants. Gosh I would’ve loved to see what he could do with a push for Jax. Man, I hope he still does. His choice for her was such a better choice to get her a chance for the finale than the judge’s pick. It’s also interesting that of all four, Jax took his personal pick and ran with it the best, so they could be a good pairing.

        • Michelle says:

          It always comes down to that in American Idol. In all honesty, Nick is definitely talented and he will go far, but Clark has something special, and it’s really sad that the judges recognized that at first, but lost interest when they realized he wasn’t as commercial and manipulatable. All the same, Clark was not as compatible with Scott Borchetta, so it may be a blessing in disguise.

      • kalyn says:

        It’s a singing competition and the best singer was Clark clearly. The show isn’t the search for a most current artist. You could say Justin deserved to win over Kelly cause he was more marketable. But this show is so manipulated now, it doesn’t eveven matter who’s a better singer. Nick had no moments and is worse than Lee Dewyze. At least Lee had moments.

        • Jeremy says:

          It is called American Idol not The Singing Competition or The Voice. Singing is a big part of it in which Nick nails every note in key all the time and sings like a genuine emotional rocker, but they are searching for the next STAR with the X factor, hence IDOL.

          • Jess says:

            He nailed every note because he only sang one note the whole time.

          • Jeremy says:

            Do you have cotton in your ears or are you tone deaf? Nick did not just sing 1 note the entire time. He actually sang really well which is why he won! He didn’t stand there spastic going ballistic like Joe Cocker because he wasn’t doing the “Watch how crazy my voice can get” American Idol thing. He sang songs like every other rock singer sings songs. You sing the damn song and that’s it. He wasn’t out to do a full on Gospel choir ceremony. Turn on the radio of modern rock, listen to songs, notice how it’s the same style of Nick. He sang great. If you think it’s one note you aren’t hearing properly.

        • Mary says:

          You might not care for Nick, but in reality he had less bump notes than Clark did, so clearly Clark wasn’t the best singer. Clark is a niche artist – not everyone cup of tea, just like Nick is not your. In a way it is a search for the most current artist. You want AI to shine that they produce artist that can make the billboard charts. In this day and age of the music business that will be difficult but you want the one with the most shot at it.
          I had no horse in this race, but out of the two I thought Nick was more entertaining on stage than Clark. Given the right material I think Nick might have a shot – who knows time will tell.

          • Go Martez says:

            Indeed it’s all about the material given…the song selection given was more in tune with Nick’s style than Clark’s and perfect for Jax. Let’s see whose career excels from here on. Remember past season 7th runner-up Jennifer Hudson who’s excelled far beyond actual season “winners” and without the help of the contracted record label. Wish the best to all contestants and hope the downfall of AI doesn’t discourage upcoming potential artists/stars to pursue their dreams as actual needs and not mete wants. ‘NUF SAID!

      • Temperance says:

        He didn’t deserve the win in this universe. Zzzzzzzzzzzz.

        • Go Martez says:

          The “win” will not guarantee success, the exposure and opportunity all contestants had is far more beneficial and the rewards reaped from it will depend on their continued pursuit and drive.

          • E. Rose says:

            It seems that there are two basic kinds of AI contestants: truly talented musicians and artists, and fame whores. Nick is a fame whore and might “make it for awhile, as he performs according to Borchetta’s manipulations. But he doesn’t have to talent to sustain a career. If he even goes anywhere in the nxt two years, he will soon fade. Hoping Clark signs with a talent agent who will nuture, and not trample on his massive musical gifts. Clark should have won.

      • SirDuke says:

        He “deserved” it ? He got it due to sabotage of Clark and the uber OTT pimping by Scott and producers and judges for mediocre performances. the guys is an average bar singer. Lol. Let’s not fool ourselves.

    • Charles Smith says:

      I am glad Nick beat Clark. I never did understand why Clark was the favorite for most of the season. All I ever heard were off-key notes and and screaming instead of singing. The screaming makes it appear that he could not hit clear, clean notes. I did think Rayvon had the best voice and that Jax were the best performers. Nick kept improving and sounded really good during the finale. Congrats to him.

    • Davey says:

      I bet it was very close. But they don’t want to diminish Nick in any way because they are trying to push him as much as they can.

    • HTGR says:

      I doubt it was too close.
      .
      Remember they said Clark barely made it last week, by 0.4%, and that was probably down to them ending Jax on a tricky song and putting her domination round first, so after that it was pretty clear that the only with a prayer against Nick would be Jax.
      .
      But given that girls just never win and that Nick was doing well and had all the typical winner calling cards: not the slightest trace polarizing and more regular and safe, male, strong rising arc (that started just barely in time) and that his one huge negative for chance to win, from the Northeast, was also shared by Jax, I tend to think Jax probably couldn’t have knocked him off no matter what went down, although maybe, maybe, maybe if he was a bit flat and she went insane on every song to perfection.
      .
      But yeah, that pretty much said right there that Clark had less than zero chance to beat Nick once they said the 2nd and 3rd were basically tied and with Clark and Nick both being male. That simply meant Clark was doomed in the final at that point unless Nick had three total disasters and Clark had his three best performances. So I think it was likely a safe win for Nick (although the fact he is from the Northeast might have brought i back a little closer).

    • HTGR says:

      Actually going and looking at numbers now it looks like there is chance it might have been relatively close.
      .
      I mean probably a reasonably safe win, but probably not by any huge margin, maybe like 10:8 kind ratio? I didn’t see the final yet though (other than the ST+Jax bit), so depending upon the performances that might shift a bit.
      .
      It looks like Clark and Nick were actually the dual leads to start at top 11, surprising, since I thought Nick wasn’t quite delivering that well yet and Clark wasn’t super stand out and Jax had been great but it’s the power of guys and guys+south. Then it seemed like Jax moved up and it was Clark just barely ahead of a tied Jax and Nick. Then Clark moved further ahead and Jax back a bit. Then suddenly Jax moved way up and maybe the lead with a very close Nick and Clark tied. Then Nick up and Clark back and tied with Jax just a little behind Nick. Then Nick and Clark tied and Jax back a bit. Then Jax and Nick seemingly just ahead. So man it was probably closer between the three all-around than I thought and Rayvon moved way on up near the end and it looks like he actually almost dangerously close to them in the votes or at least to whoever would be weakest.
      .
      Over the course of the season combined it seems like Jax, Nick and Clark were actually awfully close. I doubt there has ever been a top three so close for a long, long time.
      .
      Nick and Jax went against all odds to pull that off both being from the Northeast and Jax sure looks to have made it about as close as any female has in ages to the winner and from the Northeast no less. Pretty darn impressive for what has become truly a male dominated show and had pretty much been a southern dominated show as well and for being a little bit more outside the box too (which also tends to make it hard to win in these shows, although sometimes a bit easier to win in the real world). In that sense the Jax placement was the most out of the ordinary and most impressive vote pull.

      • HTGR says:

        As expected, the female of group seemed to have to knock it a lot more out of the park to hit or tie for the top and fell back more with any effort that didn’t quite grab this crowd as much since the voting is always male biased for a good half decade plus on Idol. Especially if you look at the singers not at the top, a guy can often sail along for some weeks with some very average and even a disaster mixed in. A girl is pretty much instantly gone at the first disaster.
        .
        Anyway it was pretty close and it seems it was easily in the realm where a little this from the show producers could put someone in or keep them out of the finale. If they had set the ordering in Jax’s favor she woulda been in the finale for sure, they went the other way instead. She actually might have had a chance in the finale, again probably not been able to knock off Nick, WGWG really is almost impossible, but she was just close enough that with three A+ and a A-,B,B or worse mix from Nick, it might just barely have been possible to pull off, just barely. And I guess it was still possible for Clark to have pulled it off with maybe A+,A,A- to an A-,B+,B?

        • tealeaves says:

          I don’t recall Nick or Clark ever having a single disaster. The most disastrous Clark performance was the song he fought for against Scott.

          • HTGR says:

            Clark and Nick didn’t have any disasters. I wasn’t referring to them when I talked about guys being able to survive disasters for a weeks and still survive for a few weeks. I don’t wanna name names, but I’m sure you can think of guys who were missing every note and just wrecking it and yet still around for a few weeks. And even this season, the little guy, sure he was fine, but he was getting pretty out classed, but he hung around many weeks. Any female who got that outclassed that much would never have lasted that long, not in the later seasons of these types of shows.
            .
            I was just saying that that kinda proves that guys automatically have a fairly decent built-in voting advantage.

      • tealeaves says:

        @HTGR can you please tell me where you are seeing the numbers for the relative standings throughout the season? I find that fascinating.

        • HTGR says:

          Well they are not solid numbers, just hints. I was just looking at the popularity ratings for each of their songs week by week on iTunes. SOmetimes they were maxed out so who knows what that means, they could be tied or one could be 10x more maxed out, but I just considered them tied with nothing else to go on. Also, it’s not necessarily matching the votes they got as the buyers and voters and not always quite the same and some fanbases might buy and vote once or twice when they love a song and another might vote 40x using all methods. A lot of it is simply song choice too.
          .
          So take it with a bit of a grain of salt. It’s probably at least somewhat on base though (of course there have been exceptions like where Jermaine and that country guy on XFactor scored low on these fronts and yet won, especially the country guy, seemd to have few followers and barely any itunes sales, but won. But if you look at itunes and who goes home, it tends to often track at least somewhat well.)

    • HTGR says:

      Unfortunately, looking at the final results and tracking I think I was wrong about how at this point the finale doesn’t matter and third is just as good. I think making the final still critically helps and winning ultra helps as has been the case the last few years. Because you had three contestants who were bouncing around all season and pretty close to the end but then after the finale, suddenly Jax is tracking way behind both (despite those who heard all three songs apparently largely thinking she got the best one) and Nick has shot way ahead of Clark. So the win publicity clearly helps a TON and so does even just making the final. Jax getting locked out from getting to perform her single just kills it’s chances. I think they might have also done the non-finalists can’t chart thing again too, which really, really kills it for the non-finalists (in the Candice/Kree/Angie season I think Angie’s tune accidentally got to chart for a moment and it was apparently in the lead but then it was off-chart and with no promo, nobody seeing the link on iTunes chart for an easy click, I believe it lost traction and never gained any long-lasting ground in the great beyond-Idol world and that was that). It’s another odd thing in that Idol went out and put in all these road blocks to any but the finalists and especially winner and then complain they haven’t had so many chart in years. Maybe they are afraid to have the show look bad if the winners don’t do best or that only so many new reality singers can do well at one time, but considering how reality voting is often a bit weird it seems not the best gamble to me.
      .
      Again all three were tracking basically tied for the whole season. But suddenly they are all tracking far apart and it all exactly matches how much promo each got. I haven’t heard anyone say that Nick’s single is way better than Clark’s is way better than Jax’s. If anything some seem to think Jax’s is the best of the three tunes.

      • HTGR says:

        It’s all about the promo (assuming the basics are there of course, but you could be off the charts insane and with zero promo it’d be 1 in 10,000 luck to make it; with the promo and the x factors and all then there is some shot). Just gotta hope Borchetta has the faith to go back and give say a Jax a full on push chance once it’s allowed. Coming back with a minor test contract might not do it. That mini-effort hasn’t done it for anyone since at least a season or two pre-Haley’s season.
        .
        And look at X-Factor, people laughed at the show maybe more than at the other two, but Simon actually decided to believe in some of his contestants and with a lot of push and try he now has Fifth Harmony finally making top 10 billboard and Beatrice maybe hitting top 40ish and so on. The X-Factor contestants have actually had the best success of the three shows recently I think. And then, OTOH Idol’s former music partners give say Haley only a half chance, don’t push her most radio friendly singles, but the only one they wrote for her since they get 100% royalty for the writing and then give up after just six months. SImon gives Fifth a ton of support and keeps trying and trying and now like two years later finally has them top ten I think. And Idol seem to kinda consider the last few winners lost causes before even starting and didn’t even begin to think about trying with anyone else.
        .
        The Voice didn’t seem to do anything much for any promising non-winners and not even tons for the winners the first few seasons and so not as much. Blake personally got some going a bit in the country world, but I don’t think on the main billboard charts (not that it matters, if you wanna do country and do fine enough there to do what you luck, then they are doing well). And Cee-Lo manage to get one his singers one nice charting tune. But that is about it for the early and mid-years. It seems they did manage to get Jackie the title song for the latest Disney Nature film though.
        .
        I hope Borchetta gives Nick and at least Jax a real true shot. I think he hooks up a bit better songs than Simon does too overall so I totally don’t see why he can’t manage what Simon did with Fifth, for Jax if it’s a full on sustained try. I could see him managing it more easily.

  1. OhMy says:

    Of the two, I guess the best one won. (And Michael, that Jamie Foxx song was almost unlistenable.)

    • Jenn says:

      Wow Jaime Foxx and Rayvon were incredible but to each his own as they say

      • Jennifer says:

        I thought Jaime and Rayvon’s performance was the best of the night, hands down. Such beautiful sounds!

    • karenb says:

      I thought Jamie sounded horrific.

    • 'A' Has Been Revived says:

      Sounds like you and Karen are really jealous. They both sounded great.

      • Angela says:

        How does not liking someone’s performance automatically equate to being jealous?

      • MamaLis says:

        How about Steven Tyler? I hope Michael mentions it in his update. First off, I (pretty) certain he forgot 60% of the lyrics to his own song. He started out stumbling and then it became one big stumble-fest and a bunch of made-up words. Even his violinist was looking at him trying to figure it out. If that weren’t enough, his duet with Jax, I thought was borderline appalling. Oh thank you so much, Steven, for allowing Jax to sing 2 lines!! How generous. It was like he couldn’t give up the microphone for 2 seconds. Ugh! His stock went way down for me.

        • Some Dude says:

          This right here. I was embarrassed for Jax, honestly. I felt like Steven Tyler was humiliating her by being selfish. And then there was the way they made her wait like a panting yet obedient puppy at the bottom of the stage for her cue to enter. It was an uncomfortable performance for me to watch.

          • MamaLis says:

            HA! So true with the side of the stage thing! I forgot about that baloney! I shared an ironic/sad laugh with my son last night watching all that. First Jax practices all week – imagining her night. (Gets the boot instead.) Then – of the final Top 3 contestants – she’s relegated to “one big number” which basically was that of fangirl for the “great” Steven Tyler. Not.

        • deedee says:

          I KNOW!! Steven was in his own world, mic-hogging, and messing up all the lyrics! Jax had to force her way into his space to get a line in! Not since Elliott Yamin and Mary J. Blige have I seen such a spotlight grab.

          • River City says:

            Jax would have been much better off to duet with someone other than that geezer – this is more of what’s wrong with Idol, current and former Judges that are still using this show for their own celebrity playground, sucking the life out of it like vampires. Urban is the only one who creates any draw toward the show and he is much better as a performer than a Judge.

        • MC says:

          I disagree with you. Sometimes the producers (on this show or any other one) have to save people from themselves. It was a bad idea to pair them imo because Steven is known for having one the most expansive singing voices in the business. He projects better than anyone. Jax, in comparison to ST, has a tiny range and she would have been really exposed if she sang half (or a third) of the song with Steven. The business with the forgotten words is fairly meaningless because ST has sung that song thousands of time and he is just playing with the verses at this point in his career. Established rockers are actually famous for doing that.

          • Some Dude says:

            Meh. Jax sang that song earlier in the season and projected just fine on it. He could thrown her a bone and let her sing a few lines on her own.

            I actually watch this show for the contestants. Even when I don’t love them, I still think they should have the opportunity to make the most of their time there. I can see Steven Tyler sing anytime I want. Relax, and share the stage a little, you creepy old weirdo!

          • MC says:

            I strongly disagree. I’m glad you watch the show for the contestants, but this was an exhibition and they did her a favor. Jax cannot hold a candle to ST’s projecting and singing ability. The fans of AI get caught in the bubble of this show. Jax could very well be passable in comparison to the abilities of other AI singers. You then have to step out into the real world. I really hate the ageism on this board, but ST (“geezer” or not) would smoke Jax when singing side-by-side. The show was trying to protect Jax imo. I assume they rehearsed this number at some point and you have to make decisions based on the real-life limitations of these very young singers. Adanna or Sarina might have been given more to do (if they were singing with ST) because they are much stronger vocalists than Jax. I will agree that ST is probably a “creepy old weirdo,” but there’s no denying his singing ability.

          • Some Dude says:

            People get caught up in the bubble of American Idol because they’re watching a show called…wait for it…American Idol. But fair enough: we’ll agree to disagree.

        • Ange says:

          Steven Tyler’s song was the one truly horrific moment of the entire finale. What a terrible song ! I would have much rather seen/heard more of Jax tearing up Piece of my Heart.

      • JoMarch says:

        How stupid your jealous comment is. Because someone didn’t like a performance, they’re jealous. You don’t even know what the word means.

    • Ethan says:

      Jamie Foxx’s new song sounded really refreshing and it was cool to see Rayvon sing with him

      • Ange says:

        I agree. That was the moment that I felt we really got the best performance out of Rayvon. I always felt he had a nice, pleasant voice, but nothing remarkable. It surprised me every week when he survived being in the bottom two. The song with Jamie Foxx was fantastic.

    • darcy's evil twin says:

      The song wasn’t great and Jamie isn’t my favorite, but Rayvon’s vocals were wonderful. Too bad he didn’t have a better song.

    • Temperance says:

      I’ve never seen Jamie Foxx actually sing live. What he ends up doing isn’t singing.

    • Jules says:

      So unlistenable, I had to rewind my DVR and watch that particular performance 5 times. I thought it was gorgeous. I often wonder if people get their personal feelings about performers get in the way of enjoying what’s in front of them?

  2. Timmah says:

    Interesting. Even Clark couldn’t beat the boring white guy with the guitar. Kris Allen 2.0.

    • Gailer says:

      I compare nick more to david cook

      • galaga6846 says:

        David Cook is way more hard and edgier than Nick

      • Marianne says:

        David Cook was much, much more inventive, innovative, and soulful than karaoke-Gramps Fradiani.

        • Holly says:

          Agreed! Not a single competitor on this year’s Idol belongs on the same stage with David Cook.

          • Lola says:

            Agreed. DC was the best and is still turning out good music.

          • I second that. Nick never even had a stand-out moment, Like Lambert Mad World, Caleb Dream On, or even Candice with Love Song. Nick never had a “wow performance. David Cook had “Billy jean and Hello” as his WOW moment

        • Jill Moy says:

          Cook is nothing….an average singer. He did terrible vs. THE OTHER DAVID in their singoff. He robbed the kid!

          • Lola says:

            You’re not making sense. What “singoff”? Time to let it go. DC beat little David. Robbed the kid? Viewer votes won him the title. That’s not robbery. Move on.

          • Colton Smith says:

            david cook nothing,carrie underwood nothing, you dont stop amaze me,
            that kid was just average,
            cook all season gave stand out performances – hello , elleanor rigby, billie jean, etc
            i dont remeber anything the kid did

      • tealeaves says:

        Cook has a huge range. More importantly he was very versatile, performed a number of different styles and tempos very well, and changed up almost everything he performed. I don’t see the comparison at all.

        • Jill Moy says:

          ONCE AGAIN, YOU’RE SMOKIN’ TOO MANY “TEA LEAVES!”

        • Jill Moy says:

          LOLA,

          DUH…On the final thrre songs for the finals, the kid blew Cook away all 3 rounds. Cook is another bum who can’t sing….PP, Fantasia (Miss squeaky 8 year old child voice), etc., etc.All hype…people brainwashed buying this garbage! At least Doolittle and Sanches can sing! They deserve careers, not these bums!

          • Jill Moy says:

            COLTON,

            I LOVE YOU!

          • Jill Moy says:

            LOLA,

            Just because viewers vote a winner in doesn’t mean they were the best talent! Lambert losing, Bowersox losing, etc., etc. proves most voters are idiots! Most viewers hear a singer sing high, thinking they’re wonderful!

          • Mary says:

            You are the most obnoxious person ever. One thing many of us will not miss when Idol is done is you. I know it is probably to late for you, but show a little class. You might think you are funny but there is only one other person on these boards that find you remotely amusing.

      • Jess says:

        David Cook is vastly superior to One Note Fradiani. I compare Nick to Lee Dewyze, boring and insignificant and irrelevant. At least Lee had some good performances though.

        • Jill Moy says:

          MARY,

          STOP BEING SO SENSITIVE! I’m not obnoxious! At least I don’t complain about other persons who comment! These same singers who everyone defends when I talk about them, wouldn’t buy any of you a cup of coffee! Welcome to the real world Missy!

      • L says:

        Not a chance in the damn hell ! He did not achieve anything on the show like David Cook has.

      • Davey says:

        David Cook has 10 times more personality and grit than Nick. And he’s much more versatile. Cook is one of the more memorable Idols who rocked it every week, even when the judges were favoring the other, sweeter David. I didn’t find any of Nick’s performances particularly memorable.

      • deedee says:

        David Cook was one of the most exciting Idol contestants ever! He played a seriously strategic game and actually changed our expectations of contestant output in future seasons. His post-Idol career did not quite live up to his promise, but as far as pure gamesmanship goes – he was tops.

        • River City says:

          IMO Cook was the best male winner of Idol.

        • Jill Moy says:

          DEEDEE,

          Mr. Boring DC exciting?????? He is about exciting as W. Hung!

        • Newbie says:

          deedee — best comment about DC yet. You nailed it. He changed the way Idol was “played”. If we distingtuish between in-show and post-show success, as you did (which I like), then Cook was easily one of the 3 best Idol contestants ever. Hello, Billie Jean and The World I Know are stil in my top 25 Idol performances of all time, easily. I listen to each on YouTube at least once ever few months.

          • deedee says:

            Thanks, Newbie. I also listen to those 3 songs every so often, along with Always Be My Baby.

    • screan says:

      If you’re calling Kris Allen boring, you’ve never seen him in concert. He is actually an excellent musician with a great voice and terrific sense of humor. I’ve seen him four or five times. I wasn’t much of a fan while he was on idol but I underestimated him.

    • danin says:

      Pretty good show,but really..Daniel Seavey getting more singing&air time than Adana? And who was the guyQuentin was singing with? Strange&creative pairing,I’d say.

      • zac says:

        that was Vance Joy. I think he’ll be touring with Taylor Swift in N. America

      • Jennifer says:

        They should have chosen someone different for Quetin or not even had him back because it was horrible to me, and I LOVE Quentin.

    • Sando says:

      So funny that you should say that, I was thinking the same… Nick aka Kris Allen (who?)

    • Cindy says:

      lol, I’m pretty sure Clark played guitar on many occasions, too. AND he, too, was white.
      If anything, Clark is more like Kris Allen. I loved both guys. Both different styles and they both know who they are as musicians.

      • Timmah says:

        With Clark though, the guitar was more incidental then integral to his act.

        • Andrea says:

          screw the guitar, Clark was at the piano/keyboard in more performances than Kris Allen was with the guitar… talk about integral to his act…

    • kalyn says:

      Clark is a white guy with guitar, but I guess not even he could overcome the bus that ran over him.

    • Temperance says:

      And Kris Allen 1.0 was dreadful enough…. and disappeared meanly instantly. Nick has a millionth of the talent P2 had (in a similar genre).

      • Jill Moy says:

        PP has an average voice! He shouldn’t have won! They gave J Sanchez garbage songs and him the best songs! He stinks!

        • Jill Moy says:

          COTON,

          But when the chips were down, that bum lost all 3 rounds in the finals to David A! Go take a listen to them! Some of Cook’s singing was laughable…truly!

      • Andrea says:

        Kris Allen is an amazing talent. P2 only wishes he could have Kris’ pitch percentage.

      • SirDuke says:

        How so ?P2 actually has some emotion when he sings. and his voice is not a drone-on 90’s style. And P2 actually can play more than 2 chords instrumentally. Not a huge P2 fan, just making the point that Nick is he most disappointing vocalist winner than Lee DeWyze.

    • Lol Caleb is hardly a success yet you ramble on about Nick….

    • Mary says:

      That ironic since Clark is a boring white guy who also plays the guitar. I find it amusing how everyone who doesn’t like the type of music singer songwriters sing the famous response is they are boring. If you saw Kris in concert you would not call him boring. Get a new line. To many people with ADD that obviously cannot enjoy music without the visual. I am glad the Southern STREAK is over. Clark did not earn the win it is that simple.

    • karenb says:

      I don’t understand how you can compare Kris to Nick. Each of Kris’ performances were originals. Nick has shown zero originality.

  3. Terrence says:

    So happy Nick won! And I want New Kids on the Block to continue singing until they are all 90 years old. I don’t even care that they were wearing what they were wearing.

  4. Jess says:

    Woohoo I was so afraid the South was going to vote like crazy! Out of these 2 guys I am much happier with Nick. Scott will have an easier guy to work with.

    • kevstar says:

      Scott won’t have anyone that will challenge him. The good thing about Clark NOT winning, is he gets to make the album he wants to.

        • Gipper says:

          Yeah if Clark gets good legal advice, he will not spill ink on any general Big Machine contract. There are many labels that will likely take a chance on him without keeping him under an oppressive set of rules for years ahead.

      • Friday says:

        Well, then he must have loved Clark. That young man couldn’t challenge anyone.

      • Matt says:

        He made it clear he wants to record an album of worship music so it will probably be awesome if you like that kind of thing but not the kind of record that is going to trouble billboard too much. Clark ultimately did not really want to win, he just wanted some exposure so he could go do what he already had planned to do.

        • Karen says:

          True, Clark’s dad is already in the business so he didn’t need this show.

        • Temperance says:

          Yeah, if Clark wants to do Christian music, he’d be dead to me anyway, Jax should have taken the show.

          • MC says:

            I think Jax had a spot in the final until her third song last week. The judges gave her some negative feedback in response to that performance. HCJ also set it up as a make or break moment for Jax before she started singing. Will this be the “final piece of the puzzle?” The judges then made it clear that she had failed in their opinions and that probably influenced a very close vote.

          • Tom B says:

            Jax was the most marketable singer in this years class by far. She has the voice, sex appeal, charisma and talent to be a star. As a disc jockey, I would play her music over the two finalists any day of the week. Once I saw her voted off in the first two minutes, I turned it off.

          • deedee says:

            Jax was annoying with the cutsey-wootsy punk princess cr*p. I did not get her at all.

          • Temperance says:

            And why is that so unsurprising, deedee? You don’t have to ‘get it’ or like it, but it will sell records, and a lot more than Nick will manage.

          • deedee says:

            Always a ray of sunshine, Temperance.

          • HTGR says:

            MC – Yeah had the finale until that. I wonder if the show set it up to break her. It seemed like it. Whenever they do the whole make or break we challenge you and give everyone else easy roadhouse thing it’s been a fix before.
            .
            1. songs with so many fast words are TRICKY and I’m not sure if I ever remember a contestant being able to do those types in the sort of get the crowd going insane way to launch to a finale and they had to know the history. Although MAYBE they honestly didn’t think it through.

          • HTGR says:

            MC – 2. Even if they had meant a good pick, if they wanted Jax in the finale, all they had to do when they realized it wouldn’t be a crowd rouser and were going to knock it was to put the judge’s round first and put Borchetta’s round last and then she is in the finale (she was essentially tied, so simply having the show end with her winning the round pretty noticeable would’ve done it for her for sure). The show producers had to knwo this ordering would leave all the top praise for Jax and all the make the arena go insane forgotten in the first round and the only harsh comments of the night right as her last impression.

          • HTGR says:

            MC – (i’m probably saying the same thing 100x times but my posts mostly don’t appear so I retry saying the same stuff to someone else, if they all appear, it’s gonna be a novel and it’s also forcing me to split this up into stages to figure out what phrase is making it go nuts)

            3. they know how rehearsals go, what the arrangements are, what works to work a crowd up and tend to re-set the order the of the 3 rounds as they wish so as to influence the final; the other three (not that it mattered for Nick since he seemed a sure bet and had no chance so it was only Clark and Jax where anything mattered, well maybe it mattered a little if they wanted a Nick win over Jax in the finale, as were Jax to get in she;d need 100% best memory left from end of this round too to have a prayer to beat WGWG on Idol).

          • HTGR says:

            test 1

          • HTGR says:

            This forum does not work. It blocks stuff randomly and then you respond with the same thing here and there trying to get it to work and then suddenly old stuff pops up and you come up saying something similar ten times all over the place and yet some never does show. And it makes zero sense what upsets it and what doesn’t.
            gah

          • HTGR says:

            Anyway they knew by the end that Borchetta’s round would have

          • HTGR says:

            Jax winning

          • HTGR says:

            over the

          • HTGR says:

            wait so “aud.ien.ce” is a banned word according to this software??

          • HTGR says:

            over the aud.ien.ce in the rousing sort of way that gets you to a final, but made sure to schedule that round first.

          • HTGR says:

            (again, maybe it would seem crazy to mention such thoughts, but we have proof they do such stuff from the Haley season, where for the first time ever they changed up the order the rounds for top 3 and stuck Haley’s best, which would normally have been last, first and then stuck a tricky, not as middle-america friend;y song either, judge’s pick last and we know they were 100% busing for her). Again maybe it didn’t happen this time, but it all makes one curious.

            (and maybe they got afraid of an all Northeast finale, since it’s the South that tended to watch Idol the most. They stopped caring about what would make for the most interesting final in the Haley season and started going for southern/middle America ratings. ironically it backfired in that while it got them a bit higher finale ratings each time, it cooked the goose and they rapidly starting loosing the giant countrywide numbers.)

            I may be going too conspiracy here, but having seen some behind the scenes of productions and big business in general, sometimes it’s pretty crazy planned out and manipulated, often way more than anyone ever imagines and sometimes in ultra cynical ways. Granted that isn’t proof for this case, sure. I mean it sounds crazy and not wide for the show long run, but then they already decided to cancel it and back in the Haley season they did crazy even though it was crazy and totally destructive to the show and I think did put on the road to ruin, especially since they tried more of the same the next few seasons, maybe not quite to that level, but bad.

            I mean I’d like to think it was just one of those things, but something was a bit up. Ending with the only hard critique of the night on her and then having Nick’s best to celebrate right after and her crowd rouser to start and something just seemed weird. I almost felt it for the first time a couple weeks back already.

            On the plus side, so long as Borchetta actually is 100% behind her, the finally has become so small these days that doesn’t matter 2nd or 3rd, 3rd maybe even lets you get launched more cleanly (and you still retain the same amount of Idol view support so no loss there). Once Nick started doing well, sadly Jax had no chance, nobody beats WGWG on Idol since it’s glory days. Heck you have go to Jordin Sparks for the last non-country female to win (not counting the Candice season because they put only tepid quality guys on that season to try to break free of the Idol = WGWG, Candice would not have won if they put through the guys they did the other years. That is zero knock on Candice. It’s just the sad truth of what the voting demo became past the first few seasons of Idol. Not that guys can’t be great or deserving, but the sad fact is no female, no matter how insane beyond insanely awesome can win).

        • Lyda says:

          Clark has clearly stated that he didn’t want to go down the Christian music road. He said that he wants to do secular music at this time.

      • Tammy says:

        only if they don’t pick up the option in his contract……. he can’t do anything until AI lets him go. They sign away their lives when they go on this show.

      • Karen says:

        I so agree. Scott said in the beginning that Clark was the best in the competition but then when Clark said if I have to change, then I do not need to win, all attitudes changed. Even the judges. They started praising Nick after that. I though Nick would be voted off weeks ago because so many sound like him. and he is annoying to watch with his expressions while he is straining to sing and his bow legged moves. Clark is unique and so talented.

        • Lucia says:

          Never noticed Nick’s legs, but Clark’s lips are too fat and pink.

        • Mary says:

          Clark is not unique he is like a thousand piano singers you find at the local club. It was obvious that Clark wasn’t going to compromise, which is fine, but don’t expect him to get a major label support. In your opinion he was the best, for me I enjoyed a few others more than him. Good luck to Nick and all the contestants. Now the real work begins.

      • YeSSSS! His own album!

        • Jill Moy says:

          BECCA,

          NICK won’t do much but he won for me! I thought I might have been wrong as geography, betting odds, etc. favored Clark for the win and I said so. But to me, Nick was always on key and better recently! Well, it was good to see the others, especially the 2 Q’s ( DOUBLE Q)! Great night of entertainment! Wanted to hear Tyler do WALK THIS WAY (he teased us, leading us to think he’d sing it)!

          • Jill Adanna looked stunning and I really would have loved for her to make it further. Her singing too. I loved it! Yes you picked Nick from the very beginning! Good call Jill! God Adanna so beautiful and TALL! Im still watching cause O got a late start. I cant wait to see little Daniel and My Quentin Bug!

        • Jill Moy says:

          BECCA,

          First time my formula didn’t work for final 2! Even worked for winners Kris A and Lee D, and they stank! Glad Nick won even though he won’t have a big career as he is boring and really he isn’t appealing for the big time! A disappotnting season after a great top 12! Song choices were terrible all season long. BUT, if Scott can make stars out of terrible voiced Swift and Perry, anything’s possible! Also, CLARK needs to open his eyes more than he does! He needs to connect once in awhile! Nick makes crazy faces! I even put down my own winner! And they say I’m a troll….LOL!

        • Jill Moy says:

          Yes, Adanna has it all but I think she shouldn’t wear shorts….her upper legs are HUGE! Really makes her look like a giant! BUT, she has showmanship, can sing and overall she is attractive! She was only contestant to really have it all! At least JAX A$$ lost! She was horrible as usual….could hardly hear hear….yuk….that face! YIKES! DRACULA IS CALLING!

        • Jill Moy says:

          BECCA, The dancing Q was excellent too! Good to see everybody again! I forgot to mention that my friend, who sings so great, picked KORYN on THE VOICE to make the finals from the blinds! She’s the only person I know of who did that….AMAZING! I said to her, KORYN, Who the heck is that! Great call by her! I never noticed her early on!

          • Jill I noticed they let Caleb hand the trophy to Ryan! How sweet and now Caleb’s year is over and he can do his own music. I know he is working on a new album and hope it rocks more than that bubblegum soft rock they made him do for interscope! It will be the usual crap and Nick wont sell anything! Adanna looked like a frikkin star! I hope someone grabs her and Quentin and signs them! Well now Im afraid that Megan might be in the finale with sawyer because Blakes team has lots of voters! Scary! I would rather have Koryn and Sawyer in finale. What do you think? Who do you think will be in finale with Sawyer? Josh has also been scoring on top 10 i tunes. More so than Koryn!

          • Jill Hi ok its true about Adanna and Daniel. Her twitter feed talks about how she loves him and there are many pics of them holding hands and walking down the street. One cell video shows them holding hands and Daniel is filming them and kisses her hand. Its so frikkin cute! ALSO Seaveys other family members tweet her all the time which fits in. His little sister is always tweeting Adanna. His mom tweets her! Many videos and pics on her twitter feed! Her and Daniel always holding hands! Happy for both of them! How cute is this? As well his facebook and twitter filled with the same type of pics and videos! Some of his fans know and are jealous of Adanna from what tweets I see from fans! LOL

        • Jill Moy says:

          You like Roseland theatre. A good friend of mine was there when a murder was committed maybe 25 years ago when his friend owned it (before name change)! I have a little history there and I like the cozy little place! A lot of great musicians have been through that joint!

        • Jill Moy says:

          BECCA,

          When I do see you, I’m bringing pictures of many things including many of myself and others at Roseland. I love the joint and the sound seems to bounce off the walls….very special place! Real Cozy! I have many pics of friends with the former original owner as well as them performing when it was SN!

        • Jill Moy says:

          BECCA,

          If you have time, look at my comments, 305 from the top on this blog! It’s about JAX A$$ and AI. It’s in response to Jaszy. Lemme know if you agree. If you want you can answer me on the current blog about the dropped ratings of AI final, down 38%! Thanks!

          Also, I think Meghan and Sawyer will be in Voice final. It should be Koryn and Sawyer but Frankenstein’s Wife has a big following!

        • Jill Moy says:

          BECCA,

          NOW 307 from top. THANKS!

      • If he ever gets to make an album……..

      • aliar4 says:

        and he performed with Michael McDonald, an artist not relevant in thirty years. don’t get me wrong, I don’t like either of them, but if he performs the type of things he wants it won’t sell.

      • Jess says:

        I’m not even holding my breath that Clark will get an album or it will be successful. He’s too stubborn and has no improvement for growth. Also not smart to argue with the guy who can make or break your career.

      • Exactly! Clark doesn’t know it yet , but this is probably the best thing… remember Lambert losing? Great voice, leading QUEEN now? (Where is that year’s winner?)cott B really , really did not want Clark after Clark argued… Hey isn’t Clark like 22, and Nick is 30…. let’s sit back and enjoy, as I think BOTH are going to give THEIR fans, lots to sing about….
        Lambert should reach out to Clark… Lambert “lost” so graciously and was so sweet/ clam about losing — it was a great moment on Idol.

        LAST SEASON 15 sould be interesting!?

    • karenb says:

      Did you hear Scott say that he was going to take both of them back to Nashville and hit the reset button? He was looking at Clark when he said that haha

  5. khs says:

    Great finale! Perfect balance of performances and montage shickt. I much prefer Clark, but very happy for Nick. Performer of the night goes to Keith Urban, wowza.

  6. Jenn says:

    Best person won. Nick had personality when it counted . He know who he was and stayed with it. I am very happy and cannot wait for the cd.

  7. iHeart says:

    oh was that today?

  8. Ian says:

    So happy for both of them! It was a great season!

  9. JK says:

    What I loved about Nick winning and his performance was he wasn’t the robot that stayed on stage & sang through his tears. He hugged Keith, stopped singing. Bolted off stage to hug his family & whom I guessed was bandmates/friends and didn’t continue singing, same with Borchetta. Made me think he will push back on the handlers he will have, might be an interesting Idol, considering his age and experience.

  10. Davey says:

    Wish I could be excited but I voted for Clark last night. Growing up in the Nortgeast, Nick seemed liked someone who sang at my friend’s weddings. It was obviously the show was pushing Nick the past few weeks.

    • Retta says:

      Reverse Clark is good but defiantly more a wedding singer.

    • Marianne says:

      Haha – yes! I’ve been snarkily calling Nick karaoke-Gramps Fradiani. I was hoping Clark would win, but knew it was a longshot since they were throwing him under the bus after he bucked Scott B. Oh well..maybe he’ll put something out. I, for sure, won’t be buying anything

      • Karen says:

        True! Clark had it in the bag until he spoke against Scott then it showed Scott pouting afterwards haha. Scott, I do believe Clark is into girls. You may have a better chance with pretty bow legged boy Nick.

        • Mary says:

          Clark fans assume he had it in the bag. Well you know the saying. Neither Clark, Nick or I believe Jax was ever in the bottom. Nick had a following with his band so who knows he might have been the top vote getter all along. I don’t know nor do I care but Nick did have his girlfriend with him at try outs, so I might be safe to say he likes girls to.

    • Joann says:

      I agree with you

      • Bonnie says:

        Sorry Joann, but Nick is anything but a wedding singer! Better luck next time!

        • Karen says:

          He couldn’t be a wedding singer because he couldn’t pull off a ballad. He is so freaky looking while he is straining to sing and bow legged. Yep that’s your american idol. Enjoy he wont be around long. Clark will indeed.

          • Karen I noticed the bow- legged and lip licking constantly long ago and decided it got on my nerves!! I was a Quentin fan , but wanted clark to win over Nick.

          • Bow legged? Really? You are a malicious, pathetic human specimen to attack someone on such a personal level. Would love to see what you look like

    • I totally agree. Clark was penalized for standing up to Scott, who gave him a lousy song, “Champion”. So obvious what was going on. Nick is so ordinary…sounded like Daughtry. Clark is very uniquely talented. He’s only going to get better looking and go much further in his career than Nick, who has already reached his peak.

      • Karen says:

        Well said. I mean after really watching the show I just cannot see how anyone would think Nick is better than Clark????? No!!! Nick is 29, Clark is 22 so just imagine how much better Clark will get. Nick can’t. Nick can only sing when straining and he is very ordinary. He has no rhythm and his bowed legs annoy me which he can’t help but ewwww. It is better for Clark that he didn’t win though. Now he is not in a contract for 10 years where a portion of his money has to go back to Idol. That is what the winners have to do. And I do not care what people say, if Idol wants a particular one to win, then they win. Clark went against Scott and made that comment, so then the judges started praising Nick with whom they never really did before.

        • Lauren says:

          What comment? What happened? I’ve watched the entire show but somehow missed something major!

          • deedee says:

            In a mentoring session a few weeks back, Scott wanted Clark to do something other than what he wanted to do, so Clark said something along the lines of, “if winning Idol means I have to change, then I don’t want to win Idol”. The atmosphere in the room changed after that, and Clark never did regain his foothold.

        • Lyda says:

          Agreed 100% Karen.

        • Mary says:

          OMG get a life. I am sorry your special snowflake did not win, happens every year, but grow up no need to attack some physical attribute. Don’t be a sore loser it is unbecoming. In response to your false statement producers get what they want – really we all know that is not true think season 7, 8, 10 I am sure there are a couple more. Once in the hands of America it is over. Clark lost because he did not receive the most votes pure and simple. Many obviously liked Nick more. Life will go on. The judges praised Nick because he upped his game, it is that simple.

      • Jill Moy says:

        JUSTINE,

        Stop calling her names. That’s how she sees Nick. That’s her description of Nick! She hasn’t hurt you or anyone else, MOMMIE DEAREST! Don’t attack her with wire hangers please! Everybody tskes everything on here so personally! Since when is a person calling someone bow legged such a terrible, terrible thing? Grow up !

      • Di says:

        IMO the best performance of the whole season was, Earned It. Not an easy song to sing. Kinda thought they chose it for Clark to try and trip him up. He nailed it. I wanted Clark to win but I think him working with Scott would have been a disaster. Clark’s songs sold way more on iTunes than any other contestant. He’s definitely marketable. Clark has a good chance of making it in the music world. Nick, while maybe nice person, is so generic. My bets are on Clark having the successful career.

  11. 'A' Has Been Revived says:

    We all knew Nick was going to win but this finale was actually pretty entertaining. Loved all the guests (except NKOTB and Daniel Seavey teaming up..). Rayvon and Jamie Foxx doing a duet of Jamie’s new single was GLORIOUS. Loved it! Clark’s duet song was also another high light tonight. Overall, a great finale.

    • 'A' Has Been Revived says:

      Also loved that Nick stopped singing the winner’s song and the track kept playing lol. He wanted to go hug his family and friends and just let it the vocals/track play haha. :)

  12. Annette says:

    America got it right finally!!!! Loved Rayvon & Jamie Fox.

  13. Lola says:

    Best thing that could have happened to Clark. Not having to work with Borchetta. Clark was so set up. I do like Nick aka Daughtry 2.0 and will buy his music, too. But I was hoping for a Clark win if for no other reason than to watch Borchetta’s head explode. He’s such an egotistical weasel.

    • khs says:

      Agree, I would have hated it for Clark if he had to work with Scott Borchetta. Great outcome for both contestants I think.

      • Lemon says:

        It doesn’t look like the Borchetta/Clark partnership would have made either happy. Clark needs to call Mandisa, invite her to lunch, and discuss the worship music industry. Then he needs to get started immediately on his Christmas album, so that it can be released in November.

        • Hatrick77 says:

          Clark needs to get with Colton Dixon and find out what’s up with the Contemporary Christian market. He needs to get right on his first Christian Album. He doesn’t need to release a Christmas album right away.

    • James Benzinger says:

      Borchetta looks like a much older Nick.

  14. EJ says:

    Good God…Nick won? Dude was as cheesy as it gets.

    • Gailer says:

      Ah, hem, Caleb anyone? Lol

    • Marianne says:

      I thought I was the only one calling him cheesy!

    • BG says:

      second year in a row that America gets it wrong. Last year voted for a guy whose best quality was that he sang 40 year songs. This year, though Nick was a deserving finalist he showed nowhere near the range and depth of Clark. He is a good singer and as others had said, Karoke like.
      Looking forward to seeing what Clark will produce.

      • MC says:

        I’m on the same page with you. Nick is very competent, but I barely remember most of his performances. Clark was up and down, but his good ones were very good. Sarina-Joi and Adanna would have done much better in the early days of Idol. Its a shame the judges and the producers didn’t get behind either one of them. It was a strange season for me.

        • Just believe says:

          I can watch many of Clarks performances several times. No interest in watching Nick’s again. No interest in buying future album drops by Nick. Probably will buy Clark’s if he does a soul-blues album. No interest in Rayvon or the Q’s. Very interested in Koryn from the Voice and what she might record in the future., plus India and Joshua (if an easy listening album)

      • Jill Moy says:

        BG,

        You prefered Marble mouth, Mumbles, who looked like she was wearing a diaper (diaper butt), Jena (GINA…DUH)Irene???? Shewas horrible last year!

        • Simon says:

          How old are you?

        • Wow, you really hate Jena Irene and Jax. You don’t only call them out for being bad singers but for being “ugly” I think ugly is an ugly word but then you did say you were called out for being a troll.

          • Jill Moy says:

            MARILN,

            Hate is a strong word. I don’t hate anyone! Other people who comment say they “hate” a contestant. I have never said that word. Let’s be honest, JAX A$$ is homely and can’t sing. Jena (.MUMBLES) Irene sang terribly, with her lyrics hard to understand. Another MUSH MOUTH like Mia Z (ZOMBIE)!

            I’m being honest about them! They have no right finishing so high! They are fit for coffee shops, especially JAX OFF, who is good, possibly to perform at a grammar school venue….she truly stinks royally!

          • Jill, everyone has a right to their opinion but when I said hate, I meant your hating on their appearance. I can’t imagine how high your standards are if you think Mia, Jax and Irene and Meghan are so homely. You must look like a Miss America. My daughter thought Meghan looked like an older Myley Cyrus whom you probably think is homely as well. But your hateful comments about Meghan looking like a monster is uncalled for in my humble opinion. As a person who has dealt with bullies and name calling my whole life, words can hurt and some of your comments are really out there in a bad way. However, when someone puts themselves out there on stage they are opening themselves up to being judged so perhaps I am being too harsh. But you are speaking without showing your real name or face and I think if you have such strong opinions you should be brave enough to also be open and not incognito. Having said that I also don’t hate anyone and hope you do well in life. Aloha

          • Jill Moy says:

            MARILYN,

            These are my opinions! No, I’m not going to put my picture out here because I can’t! Oh, I look more than fine! Believe me! Even if I wasn’t fine, I’m talking about THE HOMELY SISTERS, JAX A$$ AND THAT BEAST, MEGHAN! They have faces only a mother could love! FRANKENSTEIN IS CALLING! If only this monster would leave The Voice!

          • Jill, I guess that is not your real name, I am not going to argue with you. Meghan is not ugly, but what is beautiful is her voice. I was not a Jax fan but I try not to judge people by their looks. I think people have more to offer than what is the outside. I am much older than you and thought I was ugly my whole life. Yet when I look at my photos I was really fine so I try to treat people with kindness despite how they look. I’ve been surprised how people who are homely turn beautiful when you get to know them. Then there are the people who others think are acceptable or pretty by media standards but inside they are ugly. I am not talking about you because I don’t know you. I only wish you peace and don’t worry- Meghan won’t win. It’s not really about the Voice anyway. Aloha,

          • HTGR says:

            Jill – time for glasses, you can say Jax is this or that all you want, but until you get glasses, most won’t believe a word you say hah

    • wendy says:

      Agree

    • Karen says:

      Sooooo true. He won’t go anywhere. Just wasted another title to a karaoke singer.

  15. MAB says:

    Now that idol is being cancelled next year we get our first North East winner I think ever. Congratulations Nick. You were my favorite but I wish you all the best.

    • khs says:

      Was he really the first winner from the Northeast? Crazy! ;)

      • screan says:

        First winner north of the Mason Dixon line. I was sure Clark would win since he was from Tennessee!

        • wendy says:

          Should have………….he was by far the best singer and better looking too!

          • River City says:

            In terms of range, voice tamber and strong projection, Clark is the better singer of all the top 12. This became a popularity contest of course, and Nick was animated and pushing hard the last 3 weeks especially. …………….

            Borchetta will put a lot of promo money into launching Nick, but I forsee only very moderate success ahead for him. Better than the last 2 winners, but way short of PP and David Cook from recent Idol history..

        • Jakay says:

          How quickly we forget Lee DeWyze from Chicago. I don’t think the Mason-Dixon Line (border between Pennsylvania and Maryland) applies to Kansas (David Cook) or Oklahoma (Carrie Underwood), either, but I guess they could count as sort of/kind of southerners. Well, probably not Cook.

          • Nan says:

            David Cook is Texas born and Missouri raised. Not Kansas.

          • All the Idol winners other than Nick have been from the South or Midwest.

          • Jakay says:

            Oklahoma and Arizona are neither the south nor the Midwest. And Screan specifically said the Mason-Dixon Line. When there was a Mason-Dixon Line, Oklahoma was Indian territory.

          • HTGR says:

            He he was the only one before this result. Lee’s year was unusual in that I think only one of the top six were from the South though.
            .
            But yeah it was nice for Nick to pull the Northeast win!
            .
            Although Jax would’ve been the real, REAL deal. The first non-country female since Jordin Sparks!! The first female (when they didn’t force a female to win, Candice and the year of 100% ringer male contestants) since Underwood (or even raise that to the first non-WGWG since Underwood). The first non-somewhat generic sort of singer to win ANY singing competition in the U.S. in years (maybe in some part why no U.S. winner has been mega big in years). I guess P2’s voice is recognizable, but I think every other winner has had the pure generic voice. But real world, it’s often a plus to have that, one note and you know who it is, like say Jax has. I mean you don’t have to have that, but it can help.
            .
            It’s interesting that back when all sorts could win, the shows produced tons of stars. The last number of seasons only a single winner has been any sort of a star at all (and it probably helped a ton that his song was used as the anthem for the gold medal winning U.S. gymnasitics team), since it became impossible for any non-WGWG to win.

        • Nan says:

          Nope. Lee DeWyze is from Chicago. That’s north of Mason/Dixon last I heard.

        • MAB says:

          Wasn’t Lee Dewyce from Chicago?

  16. Gailer says:

    I kept thinking if Ben Haenow won, so could Nick, wow

    • danin says:

      Nick better singer than Ben by a mile .Ben as cute as Nick,that’s the only thing they had in common.Oh yeah! Ben was very sweet,Nick-meh.Ben was a pretty awful singer though.

      • Gage says:

        I disagree completely. Ben Haenow is a way better singer than Nick. Also Ben made his version of each song interesting.

  17. Blank Slate says:

    Very happy for Nick.
    And now on to the next phase of a beautiful life.

  18. Jessamine says:

    Man, when Ricky Martin started singing “She Bang”, all I could think of was William Hung!

  19. Mr. Tran K says:

    Congrats to Nick. He truly deserves it. Can’t wait to see how next year’s IDOL is going to end (2002-2016).

  20. karenb says:

    Booo

  21. mcfudge says:

    Ryan didn’t mention the margin of victory. …which means it wasn’t even close.

    • Jaszy says:

      That’s good…Nick was the CLEAR winner!

      • Temperance says:

        Hmmmm… Jax was the clear winner. And I’m pretty sure that by this time next week, I’ll not remember this year’s winner.

        • Mary says:

          Obviously not, she never made it to the finals. If you take meds early they can help slow down early stage of dementia.

          • Temperance says:

            I’m sure you know a lot about taking meds, Mary. And she was the winner this season like Lambert was the winner of his. You don’t have to get the title to be the winner, something they should teach you on the shortbus.

    • Di says:

      Not necessarily. They usually tell how many people voted and they didn’t tell that either. I sometimes wonder if they truly go by the voting or just give it to who they want. :D

  22. kevstar says:

    I would have thought Jax would be in the final 2 with Clark being the winner. Nothing against Nick, but once again the bland pretty boy wins. Memories of Kris Allen’s win, anyone?

    • screan says:

      Kris Allen is very talented. I’ve seen him several times in concert and he’s the real deal. Not everyone needs drama in their music. Jax had a good voice but her sound was so affected it drive me crazy.

    • Grant Miller says:

      I agree. I found Nick boring. All of his songs sounded the same. Clark had the best voice of all of them and Jax was good as well. We will see who becomes the real Idol over the next year. It hasn’t always been the winner as we have seen in the past.

      • Sando says:

        I concur.

      • Andrea says:

        Grant, that’s your opinion. I do not think Clark had the best voice. Clark’s voice is still in training. He clogs it too much, he doesn’t use enough vibrato, he’s in and out of pitch too much, and worst of all, he feels compelled to insert a predictable scream in almost every performance he gives. There’s nothing artistic, creative, genuine or special about his voice or performance. Nick won because people felt he was overall better than Clark. Simple as that.

        • Karen says:

          You obviously do not know talent. Nick is too ordinary and annoying to watch. Scott and the judges said Clark was the best singer in the competition until he went against Scott. Nick sounds a little like Chris Daughtry and Rob Thomas and sang songs that the young crowd recognized. He had to yell to sound just okay. I was actually surprised that he was in the top 10. Some people have such good luck. It won’t last with him though. He will be history soon

          • Simon says:

            PREACH! I was surprised he even made the top 24!

          • Mary says:

            Well he at least has a shot, lets see how far Clark goes. It is obvious you are in the minority because Clark lost. Actually Rayvon was the best singer in the competition. Considering the demographics of the show it is quite clear the older ones knew the song also. What is the old saying one man junk is another mans treasure. Close you eyes and listen instead of watch and Clark hit way more bad notes than Nick ever did.

          • Andrea says:

            Karen, you’re in the minority! Learn to accept that reality before spouting off and trying to show off your ignorance. The judges said Sarina was the best singer in the competition before she was eliminated. It really doesn’t matter who states what opinion. Clark still clogs his throat too much, doesn’t use enough vibrato, sings in and out of pitch too much, and feels compelled to insert a predictable scream in almost every performance he gives. No matter how much you protest, those realities are gonna stay right where they are. Maybe he’ll get better, but because of that, he lost. He failed to win over the majority of viewers. kthanxbye

    • Karen says:

      Exactly. Clark and Jax should have been the top 2. Clark being the winner. I believe Adam beat Kris but he was gay and Idol can’t let gay guy win.

      • Atticus1 says:

        I think Kris got all of the Danny Gokey votes because Adam was gay, which pit him over the top.

      • Andrea says:

        You’re just a bitterbert, Karen. Conspiracies are for people who can’t emotionally cope with reality. Learn to accept it, for once…

  23. stacy williams says:

    Although they were both good, Nick Fradianibwas better. So yes, the right person won tonight.

  24. R Childers says:

    Nick Fradiani all the way

  25. Angela says:

    That was one incredibly random assortment of musical artists for this finale. The Jacksons? New Kids on the Block? Pitbull? Steven Tyler at least made some sense, since he was a judge, but still… I know past finales have brought on a lot of big name musical artists, and I’m not complaining about that in and of itself, but I just didn’t really see why a lot of these particular artists needed to be there. I would’ve thought maybe they’d bring on some artists that might’ve tied in with some of the themes they covered over the season or something instead.
    And even if the songs were okay/fun (and most of them were just okay at best to me, personally, in terms of performance), I would’ve preferred the finale actually focus a lot more on, y’know, the actual contestants from this season. I know they did come out and sing with some of those artists, but I still didn’t feel like there was the sort of focus on this season’s contestants that many past finales were able to show (maybe some fun behind the scenes memories, some of the funny stuff with judges we didn’t get to see, the way they did with Paula, Simon, and Randy, etc.).
    As it was, I wound up tuning in and out throughout the whole thing. Just a big ol’ “eh” all around for me-could’ve been better ways to fill up those two hours. Congratulations to Nick, though, and to Clark, too, for making it to runner-up.

    • Several of the artists who performed were artists who were covered by the contestants — Michael McDonald, Andy Grammer, I think Echosmith and one other as well.

      • Angela says:

        Ah, okay. I’ll freely admit that I didn’t get a chance to see every episode this season, so that connection obviously got lost on me :p. So my mistake.
        Even with that, though, the finale just all felt so jumbled to me somehow.

    • Jennifer says:

      I thought most of the performances were horrible! I really hopie the Voice will do a better job at pairing the contestants with artists so that the music and singing stays good. I almost muted the show. The contestants need to sing in their wheelhouse in order to really shine.

    • Angela, I agree. I remember when Prince and George Michael were at the finale and they didn’t advertise it like a Granny Awards show. It was a surprise and the contestants brought out their Idols. Did they run out of money? It was a Meh? night compared to the past finales.

      • Puchinsmom says:

        I agree,marilyn. I thought I remembered the top 3 contestants got to sing with their idols in the old days. For my money, they could have cut back on the judges performances, (even with as good as Kieth is), and had some idol alums sing. Winners or not. I miss that. They’ve gotten away from what was best.

  26. Kristine miller says:

    To me everyone is a winner in my eyes. I hope next season be an awesome one. Good luck everyone

  27. Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit says:

    Well, there you are. WGWG syndrome at its best. My second least favourite contestant this season won. Although honestly, after what I saw from Clark the last few weeks (his piano thing today was amazing, thank goodness), I’m actually happier with Nick winning. At least he was trying.

  28. wendy says:

    That’s just not right.

  29. Jaszy says:

    Nick was pimped all night long…he was shown more than Clark..he sang after Clark both nights. They knew who they wanted. The artist that Nick wants to be is more in tune with Big Machine Records…He deserved the win more than Clark….he grew and he just became better week after week. I’m proud of him. Congratulations, NICK!

    • wendy says:

      Whereas Clark was just great from the beginning…guess that’s not as impressive.

      • Jaszy says:

        Clark was not great from the beginning. I couldn’t stand him. All he did was scream and his pitch was always all over the place. He never emoted with his eyes. His tastes are rather bland compared to Nick’s. Soul music is great music, but Nick is clearly the more marketable dude. I think his artistry can cross genre lines. Whereas Clark’s coronation song didn’t suit his soul artistry at all and he looked like an amateur. I couldn’t stand Clark all season long. And all those ladies swooning over him every time he hit a screechy high note….ridiculous!
        YAY, NICK! Although I wanted someone other than a WGWG to win…Nick was the better choice!

        • Friday says:

          ITA Jaszy (about Clark anyway).

        • Kaba says:

          Meh, couldn’t stand Nick anymore than you could stand Clark.
          Also, Clark’s pitch was anything aside from all over the place.

          • Friday says:

            Yep — as you say, he was all over the place. Very little control. (I didn’t like Nick particularly either)

        • Lois says:

          You literally just said everything I’ve been saying about Clark all season long. I was championing Jax, Nick, Joey and Quentin this season so this is a great result for me.

        • Karen says:

          Nick can only strain to sound okay. You obviously are clueless. haha

        • Jeremy says:

          “Although I wanted someone other than a WGWG” So you are basically a racist and a sexist? You have a thing against men and white people? What if someone said I really didn’t want to see 2 black guys in the finale? Who gives a crap of the race? Unbelievable when people say WGWG. It is ridiculous! Keep the race and gender divisions coming.

          • Jaszy says:

            Have you been watching the same show I have?!!! We’ve had too many of the same types of people winning…all these people happen to be WGWGs…excluding season 12…that was rigged from the beginning for a girl to win.
            But really, David Cook, Kris Allen, Lee DeWyze, Scotty McCreery, Phillip Phillips, now Nick Fradiani…all of these winners are similar in the fact that they are all cute, white, play guitar, and sing singer/songwriter music…you can’t deny that they are similar.
            Crystal Bowersox should’ve won season 9…she was the clear winner. Haley Reinhart should’ve won season 10…she was the clear winner.
            Jessica Sanchez should’ve won season 11. she was the clear winner.
            All of these women were tons better than their male counterparts, but since most women/girls vote…of course the dudes are going to get most of the votes.
            I’m happy Nick won, honest. I considered him part of the final 2 from the beginning…but if JAX was in the finale, I would’ve been pushing for her ALL THE WAY!
            I’m not a racist…at all. I’m black and people call me an oreo because my MASSIVE cd collection IS FULL of white artists (barely any black artists)…I listen to genres of music that most black people don’t listen to. I’m not sexist….I have tons of cds from male artists and rock bands. I just want girl power to exist on this show; women have been mistreated on this show for years. Some of them were clearly better than some of the boys this season!
            Don’t get mad at me. I didn’t come up with the term. But I do agree that WGWGs keep winning. It’s facts here, man! Most of the people that vote are girls, young and old, and MOST of them vote for the boys. It’s a fact!
            I however tend to vote for the girls more than the guys. That’s just my preference.
            This season, the only 2 people I voted for every single week WERE JAX and Nick!
            I’m not racist, I’m not sexist. Those are strong terms you’re using. I resent the fact that you called me a racist. If I’m racist, it’s more likely against my own race. My family has accused me of wanting to be white for years. They even joke and say I’m a white girl stuck in a black girls body, which is not true…I’m just me. I’m not a race. Trust me, I’m not racist towards white people at all.
            So, YES, I did want someone other than a WGWG to win. But I’m not mad at all that Nick won. I really enjoyed his run on the show. You just gotta admit though that part of the reason that the ratings are suffering is because of the WGWG syndrome. Some people don’t watch anymore because they see the same types of people (with slight differences, of course) winning. I’m not going to stop watching this show because of that though. I LOVE this show and will be truly heartbroken when it’s no longer on the air.

          • Jeremy says:

            I am not a racist or sexist idiot where I actually think which race or gender I prefer to win. Last year was white guy and Italian girl. Year before was black girl and white girl. Year before was Asian girl and white guy. It has been years since 2 white guys competed. How low do you have to go to actually see a race issue here? It is a singing contest and race or gender has ZERO to do with who wins. The person wins who sings the songs the way the public enjoys most. Stop seeing a race and gender issue and spew racist comments. And yes, just because it is white people doesn’t mean it isn’t racist or bigoted. Even if you are white, it is still ridiculous.

      • bobsaccamanna says:

        Clark wasn’t great “from” the beginning he was great at the beginning. He wasn’t so great the last few weeks and Nick was. Pretty simple really.

        • Sleeze-AkTheHack says:

          It is simple, Scott wanted Nick because he fits his label more suitably so they gave him a winners edit and gave Clark bad song choices that didn’t fit his voice.. You sound stupid Bob..

          • Fredddddddddddddd says:

            100% correct.

          • MC says:

            It was absolutely obvious that Scott had completely bailed on Clark a few weeks ago. They had a falling out and AI (especially Scott) was just looking for any alternative after that. It didn’t matter to Scott if the winner was Jax or Nick. Scott basically had an on-air divorce from Clark.

          • Jill Moy says:

            Scott should play a monster in a Frankenstein movie along side JAX A$$ and THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN’S MONSTER, MEGHAN on THE VOICE! WHAT A TRIO THEY’D MAKE!…COOL!

        • Jill Moy says:

          JASZY,

          I agree with everything you said except JAX A$$! You are right about clear winners, etc. You have a good ear for music and great, logical comments on AI!

          However, JAX OFF is one of the worst singers I’ve ever heard on any talent show! She whispers and sounds so phony! And she dresses terribly and thinks she’s God’s gift to men and music, when she’s actually homely and can’t sing a lick! Was she wearing Superman’s cape on the night she was eliminated?????

          Had she won, AI WOULD HAVE BEEN THE LAUGHING STOCK OF TELEVISION! All the previous seasons off Idol would be tarnished and one would have to wonder if it was all rigged from the beginning! Thank God that Little Drip lost! PRAISE GOD!

  30. fmichaels says:

    So happy Nick won and so is Scott!!!!!!

  31. CMB says:

    Nick was definitely the better choice if you look at the last few week’s performances.

  32. Lking says:

    Out of the two finalists I think the right WGWG won. But certain Clark will find a career in the Christian music industry.

    • wendy says:

      He has said in many interviews he’s not interested in that. He does what he does and he’s great at it. I’ll miss hearing him every week and can’t wait for more. At least they won’t be molding him into something else.

    • go online. Clark has already released some indie albums, and they sound current. He’s very talented. You can even hear them on Spotify.

  33. Fau says:

    I used to love this show…it was a family event for us but I’m done with it!! It’s clear and has been for weeks that the show decides who wins not the voters. Having said that, I’m happy Clark didn’t win he’s too good to be stuck with American Idol! Good luck Clark you’ll have an amazing career.

  34. Jaszy says:

    I still wish it was JAX in the final 2…I wanted her to win so badly…but I’m not mad at Nick because all along I was saying that Nick and JAX were my final 2. JAX almost made it….3rd place is great….some of my favorite contestants of all time got to 3rd place : Haley Reinhart (Season 10) and Angela Miller (Season 12)…good luck to your future JAX!
    And again, congratulations Nick! Prove the naysayers wrong and sell some records! I for sure will be buying his album!

  35. ailene says:

    Congratz nick!

  36. Idolove says:

    I generally really didn’t like Nick and SO wanted Jax instead of him. So I was obviously not rooting for him. However I am really happy for Nick and can tell he will make a great album!

    • Lois says:

      That’s interesting to me because I’ve been a fan of both Jax and Nick. And all the contestants I’ve liked have seemed pretty close behind the scenes. Jax and Nick have this great brother/sister vibe going on so it’s interesting to me that you love Jax but don’t like Nick.

      • Jaszy says:

        I was actually saying that JAX and Nick were going to be the final 2 since the beginning. JAX almost made it, but lost right at the end.
        I dug both of them. Loved JAX to pieces. Liked Nick a lot!
        It’s cool that they were really close. I had my eyes on both of them from the beginning.

  37. Florence+TheMachineRules!!! says:

    This finale was jam packed with a lot of good stuff. Has anybody noticed that sarina and Maddie both did not get guest performances. That was odd, my favorite performances were janelle monae and adanna, Jax and steven Tyler, Quentin and joey, and the girls performance with Nile Rodgers. Happy for Nicks win and wish both him, clark, and the rest of the top 12 all the success in the world. 😃 #GoodbyeSeason14

  38. Karen says:

    Very happy Nick won. Borchetta is still a complete tool.

  39. Kim Moores says:

    Predicted wrong, still don’t care for Nick, but I was wrong dis time.
    Nonetheless, the real winners are Quentin, Joey, Adanna, and Tyanna.

    • Owen says:

      Watching Tyanna tonight I wondered if the producers of next Christmastime’s NBC live musical “The Wiz” are still looking for their Dorothy?

  40. carolinalady74 says:

    Nick is more current than Clark and peaked at the right time. Congrats, Nick! Clark will have opportunities he never had before the show. Good luck to him. Did NOT like the dissing of last year’s winner Caleb Johnson. C’mon.

  41. C. Ford says:

    Thank God it was Nick!! He was the better of the two, period.!

  42. Meg says:

    Clark had several memorable songs; Nick had none. Makes no sense.

    • Jaszy says:

      Boo hoo! Nick was doing WAY better than Clark the past 4 weeks….he deserved the win.
      JAX deserved to be in the finale…not Clark!

      • Sleeze-AkTheHack says:

        Jax wasn’t in the finale though was she? She is a one trick pony that whispers her songs and only appeals to young girls and perverts. You are clearly not smart enough to understand what a “winners edit” is and that the producers and judges will manipulate the sheep voters to vote for whoever they see fit. In this case it was Scott Borchetta clearly wanting Nick to win so he could transform him into a country singer. #thinkbeforeyoutype

        • Jaszy says:

          The vote was so close last night between the 3rd place finisher. JAX could’ve easily been in the finale. Ryan mentioned that the vote was like .04 percent or something like that.
          A lot of people thought JAX was going to win, not just me.
          I know what a “winners edit” is. I knew Scott CLEARLY favored Nick more than Clark. i don’t think it was manipulation. I voted for Nick…and JAX!

          • tealeaves says:

            @Jaszy, Or it could be the vote was that close between Clark and Nick. Ryan did not specify if it was the bottom 2 or the top 2 that were close.

          • steelers121 says:

            IDK why there was no “reply” link on “tealeaves” comment. Anyway, tealeaves, you are so wrong. Ryan would not have mentioned it otherwise. Nick was the clear front-runner in 1st place. He won handily tonight (Ryan had nothing to say about a close vote). He didn’t need to be as specific as you imply. There is no question, especially now, what he meant.

            And I still say had the order of songs last week been reversed, so that Jax’s weak song came early and Clark’s weakness came last, the result could easily have been different. But neither was going to beat Nick in any case.

          • tealeaves says:

            @steelers I am not so wrong. Ryan did not say which 2. You might be right that it was the bottom 2. Or it could be Nick and Clark were very close for the first time. They did everything they could to knock Clark down on Tuesday night. There was no reason to do that if Nick was already clearly ahead.

          • Jaszy says:

            This is directed to tealeaves….you make no sense…why would Ryan say how close the vote was if it was .04 % between first and second place? We’re talking about someone getting eliminated! The vote was close between 2nd and 3rd place! There would be no reason for him to mention how close the vote was between 1st and 2nd since those were going to be the ones competing.
            No, we don’t know who the bottom 2 was. We only know that JAX got the least amount of votes but it was so close between JAX and somebody else that she could’ve easily gotten that second place spot. THAT is what I’m talking about.
            Again, why would Ryan mention how close the vote was between 1st and 2nd but not how close it was between 2nd and 3rd? I’m 100% sure that he was talking about the vote being close between JAX coming in 3rd and the other contestant.

      • Karen says:

        There’s no boohoo. Nick will not last. Clark will come out on top. It was better that he didn’t win because he is not changing for anyone. His dad is in the business anyway and Clark didn’t need to be on Idol. I hope that Nick enjoys his few seconds of fame He is toooo ordinary to make it. .Clark with his hot self and talent will be in all of our future. :)

        • Lol still ranting???? Nick will last. We will make sure of it. Now pop a valium and relax before you have a stroke. If Clark didnt need Idol he would have been a star by now, which he definitely isnt!!

    • Sando says:

      I know… I would go see Clark in concert for sure, and I hope he does go out on tour (I saw both Chris Daughtry and Phillip Phillips, who were fantastic)… Nick is talented but I wouldn’t go to his concert, nor buy his music.

  43. Gipper says:

    It was a fairly decent show – Finale,, But, I don’t see any big future stars coming out of this group. The winner will get propped-up for a while, with an automatic record deal, promotional agency, deals for appearances on TV, etc.

    Clark will have a shot with a Record Company, and doesn’t need the Big Machine Label in order to make a deal. I think he could do very well with a Christian album, as well as modern Blues and Soul music

    Anyway, it’s all over but the cryin’. On to The Voice, Baseball, Tennis and dirt-track racing

    • Friday says:

      I doubt we will hear much from any of them.

      • flip says:

        I agree Friday. Contrary to what many others think, including the media, I don’t have one favorite this year. In fact the last several years have had minimal talent. The last really good Idol, for me, was David Cook by far. Nick will become a distant memory as most of the others. Very few Idols make it very big. Just look at the past!

  44. So happy for Nick…Clark will be just fine. I think the label sees more marketability in Nick. For my taste in music , Nick was my pick. I prefer the type of artist he chose to cover this season. I think his song choices were consistently good, no real water cooler moments until last night. His coronation song is so radio ready. His steady as it goes approach all season with a momentum build over the last few weeks had him peaking at just the right time. I enjoyed the finale…but NKOTB with Daniel was just so awkward. I cringed! I hope a few more contestants from this season get a chance at reaching some of their musical dreams!

  45. kevstar says:

    Thank God for East Coast Internet spoilers! Made it easier to watch Survivor, Modern Family and black*ish. No wonder the show is ending.

  46. Kim Moores says:

    Still..
    MY BABY QUENTIN WAS LOOKING SO BEAUTIFUL TONIGHT
    AND ADANNA WAS LOOKING SLAY AF
    AND TYANNA SLAYED THE JACKSON 5
    AND JOEY IS BAE
    Omfg QUENTIN YASSSS B**CH YASSSS

  47. timemanagers says:

    another WGWG dynasty is building. For Nick it’s the old one…. I wish it was Clark who won, so it would be White Guy Who Growls

  48. laverne says:

    Nick definitely right one to win between the two ~ Clark has a great voice but needs to study with the vocal coaches & work on his pitch ~ then sit with the masters and home in on the soul sound to do it well.