Jordin Sparks is Named American Idol Champion

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It was an unusual night on American Idol, as Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry sold his soul and rocked out with Sanjaya Malakar for some reason.

But at least viewers showed they were nice and sane by voting for Jordin Sparks as this season's Idol champion.

The 17-year old proved far superior is singing talent to fun-loving beat boxer Blake Lewis on Tuesday night, draining a bit of tension from Ryan Seacrest's announcement at the end of a long evening.

It was one that included the return of every past American Idol champion except Fantasia Barrino. But Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Taylor Hicks and Ruben Studdard joined eliminate Idols from this season in reprising a few songs by The Beatles.

Yes, fellas, Haley Scarnato was one of them. And you better believe she was wearing a skirt shorter than the duration of the upcoming marriage between Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag.

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American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]