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  • "American Idol" - Finale - May 20, 2009

    Ryan tells us a record of nearly 100 million votes came in.

    As Ryan intros the judges we get video packages of each of them with montages of their tics: Randy "for me for you," Kara "sweetie," Paula stumbling over words, Simon asking "what?" "pardon?" "sorry?"

    He intros Kris and Adam who are both rocking all-white ensembles.

    We get shots of each of their hometowns with former "Idols" as hosts, Mikalah Gordon in Conway, AR and Carly Smithson in San Diego, CA

    Performance: The Top 13 do a version of "So What" by Pink. It's a typical group sing train wreck with horrible choreography but it's nice to see Alexis and Jorge.

    Performance: David Cook, "Permanent." It starts out as a piano ballad and blossoms into a power ballad. Good vocal, great song. Afterward Cook and Ryan chat about his late brother, how this song will be available to benefit his cancer charity, and how Cook thinks with Adam and Kris as choices America can't get this wrong.

    Ugh, the show is reprising its "Golden Idol" awards for the delusional people from the auditions. Among the "winners" is Nick Mitchell aka Norman Gentle. He wins the Outstanding Male award for pretending to give an acceptance speech and then busting into his "And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going."

    Performance: Lil Rounds and Queen Latifah, "Cue the Rain" It's an uptempo r&b number that will be Latifah's next single from her forthcoming album. Lil looks great rocking a long wig. The always fierce Latifah looks as good as she can in an unforgiving jumpsuit.

    Performance: Jazon Mraz, Alexis Grace, Anoop Desai, "I'm Yours." The trio bounces harmoniously through this happy trifle and the Top 13 flank them with a little choir-style back-up.

    Video Package: We get a recap of Kris' "journey."

    Performance: Keith Urban and Kris Allen, "Kiss a Girl." Cute boys singing a cute song about kissing girls. Hee.

    Performance: The ladies of the Top 13, "Glamorous" by Fergie. They do a bit of it and then Fergs herself comes out and does a bit of "Big Girls Don't Cry" and the rest of the Black Eyed Peas come out for "Boom Boom Pow."

    More "Golden Idol" awards. Best Attitude goes to Katrina Darrell aka Bikini Girl- she's gotten a boob job- and does a bit of "Vision of Love" by Mariah Carey. And the best thing that has happened all season: Kara Dioguardi arrives to show up Bikini Girl just like she did in her audition by singing circles around her and then ripping open her dress and showing off that her body ain't so bad either. Ryan says they bet her that she wouldn't do that and since she did, they'll donate money to her favorite charity.

    Performance: Allison Iraheta (the last girl standing this season) and Cyndi Lauper, "Time After Time." It starts off sweet and tender and takes a bizarre left turn into odd scatting.

    Performance: Danny Gokey, "Hello" by Lionel Richie. Lionel arrives and he and Gokey do Lionel's new Caribbean-themed single "Just Go" and then launch into "All Night Long."

    Video Package: We see Adam's "journey."

    Performance: Adam Lambert, "Beth" by Kiss. He's wearing some insane costume with arachnid-like skeletal shoulders like something out of "Mad Max," it's amazingly awesome. And then in the best thing that has happened all season really KISS (!) arrives and they all do a deliciously over-the-top medley of "Detroit Rock City" and "Rock 'n Roll All Nite" complete with pyrotechnics and flames. Good, awful times.

    Performance: Carlos Santana, "Black Magic Woman" ...and then Matt Giraud jumps in...and then the whole gang joins for "Smooth" with Adam, Kris, Matt, and Gokey taking the lead. Yikes.

    Ford Commercial: "I Will Remember You" - it's a montage of previous commercials as Adam and Kris earnestly sing.

    David Cook hands keys over to a surprised Kris and Adam to their brand-new Ford Fusion hybrids.

    Performance: Steve Martin, Megan Joy, Michael Sarver do a version of the bluegrass tune "Pretty Flowers" written by Martin and appears in his new album "The Crow".

    Performance: The boys of the Top 13 do "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy" by Rod Stewart. All in natty black suits executing the truly awful choreography. Rod Stewart arrives to do "Maggie May" ...slowly.

    The final "Golden Idol" for Outstanding Female goes to Tatiana Nicole Del Toro. Her video package highlights her giddy and weepy moments, all the time asserting that she is a "damn, good vocalist." When Seacrest tells her to remain in her seat as the show is running late, she evades stage security who pretend to chase her, but she manages to grab her award and sing "Savng All My Love" for the fourth time this season. Oy.

    Performance: Adam and Kris do "We Are the Champions" by Queen. Queen actually arrives to help out as do a real choir and the rest of the Top 13.

    The Winner Is: Kris Allen. Even he can't believe it, he says it feels good but that Adam deserves this. He sings the utterly chiched "No Boundaries" and the confetti comes down.

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