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'Idol' Finale - And the winner is...

Posted by Sarah Rodman  May 26, 2010 11:51 PM

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It was indeed a "Beautiful Day" for Lee DeWyze. Even he looked shocked.

What was widely considered the dullest season of “American Idol” ever came to a close last night when Chicago paint store clerk Lee DeWyze was crowned the victor of the ninth season of the FOX talent competition. DeWyze, who won over the judges with the marketability of his sound and down-to-earth personality bested even more highly praised runner up Crystal Bowersox.

A flabbergasted DeWyze concluded the show in a rain of confetti singing the song that will be his first single, U2's "Beautiful Day."

The night was certainly not without drama, however, as many local viewers were greeted with a black screen when they tuned into the finale at 8 p.m.

At 8:17 p.m. the station posted an alert on its website stating that technical difficulties with cable carrier Comcast in “multiple broadcast areas” was making the FOX25 signal unavailable to some customers. Near the half hour mark the signal popped back on. (At least in some areas).  Comcast HD customers were unaffected.

While the glitch didn’t prevent viewers from learning the ultimate outcome they did miss several performances including local contestant Siobhan Magnus's take on "How Deep is Your Love" with Aaron Kelly and the Bee Gees. The station showed her performance in its entirety during its 10 o'clock newscast.

So, are we surprised? I thought it was possible Lee might squeak past Crystal since he was presumably in sole possession of the fervent teen girl voting bloc as well as others who just legitimately dug his vibe.

A few stray finale observations and questions:

-I will somewhat sheepishly admit to tearing up just a bit when all of the former "Idol' winners - save David Cook who had a charity event obligation- came out to serenade Simon on his final night. And it was fun to see all of those familiar faces in the backing choir.  But whither Dunkelman?

-Janet Jackson should lip sync or sing, doing a mix of the two sounds silly.  A missed opportunity to have Abdul strut a bit during "Nasty?"

-Anyone else catch the lyric change in the Alanis/Crystal duet of "You Oughta Know"?

-"General" Larry Platt's got some moves! But William Hung? Can we now retire "Pants on the Ground"?

So what did you guys think? Did the right person win? How do you think Lee will fare in the big wide world? Were you entertained by any of the duets? Were you mortified by any of the duets? Were you happy to see Paula? Did you tear up when all the former winners and other contestants came out? How much will you miss Simon? How many of you experienced the dreaded black screen at 8? And how mad are you about it?

Comment below or come rant and rave with me in the final "Idol" chat tomorrow at 10 a.m.

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