American Idol Preview: Who Will Win?

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Simon Cowell believes Lee DeWyze will win American Idol.

Speaking to his fellow judge on her talk show this week, Simon said: “If you’d asked me five or six weeks ago, 100 percent I would have said Crystal. But now I’ve changed my mind.... [Lee] is talented. He hasn’t had any real breaks in life, and this has given him a shot, and I like that.”

So that's Cowell's take on the finals, which gets underway tonight. How does THG handicap the matchup between Lee and Crystal Bowersox? As follows...

WHY CRYSTAL WILL WIN: She's different, she has an incredible voice and her rendition of "People Get Ready" was the best of any contestant this season. It's also about time a woman took home the crown, isn't it?
WHY CRYSTAL WON'T WIN: She may have peaked too early. She also fails to connect with the audience, almost coming across as condescending to the show in general. She's been the favorite for months and votes often like an underdog.

Two Finalists

WHY LEE WILL WIN: He's come on strong over the few weeks. He has Simon's support. He makes an emotional connection with the audience during every song. He also reminds us of David Cook and, hey, that guy won.
WHY LEE WON'T WIN: Viewers are sick of male winners. He lacks a winning personality and he reminds us of David Cook and, hey, that guy already won.

Now it's your turn, readers. Who do you think should win American Idol?

Finalist Duet
The Two Finalists

Neither one of these contestants are good enough to be the winner.
We all have lowered our standards greatly over the years. Just try and listen to some of the so called "music" that is popular today.
Junk and lots of no talents who make big money.


i love krystal she"s like carol king joni mitchell she is goiging to win anerican idol.i love lee bat he is very comersial


American Idol became superfluous when the "god, guns, meat, and potato" homophobics voted against Adam Lambert. This year was a showcase of street pozers croaking and groaning their way from one week to the next. The showdown tonite was a squawking, wailing vigil of moderately decent talents trying to make like, uh... American Idols. I suppose, compared to a high school talent night somewhere out in the middle of North Dakota, these two made a mark. However, when compared to Allison and Adam... well, there is no comparison whatsoever... 'nuf said.


Songs do not sing themselves. Just because someone wrote a song does not mean they will sing it well. The point of doing existing songs instead of newly composed ones on AI is to compare performing ability with familiar material. The problem this year is no cheerleader on the panel (Paula) to keep the tone from going too negative.


The show was made for Adam Lambert, it showcased his incredible talent. He raised the bar so high that it doesn't matter who wins, Lee or Crystal because neither have Lambert's kind of talent. The show found it's idol or almost did. He came in 2nd. Nonetheless, Adam's off and running. To be honest, when the show first started, I really didn't think an idol existed. But, Adam proved me wrong. I'd like to see the singer-songwriter come back the way it was in the 70's. Those songs and artists were the greatest, even Glee uses a lot of songs from the 70's.


the question is, who cares....neither one of these "artists" will make it past their first albums.....they both suck


One more thing, I like Taylor Swift but there's no way she would win AI. That girl can't sing on pitch live at all. She is a very talented songwriter though.


Hey RANDYJACKSONBUTT, a lot of singers on Idol actually do write their own songs. I know Crystal has and Lee too just from season 9. They're not all manufactured singers. David Cook was in a band since he was 15 and writing his own songs. The problem is that once they get a record deal, the execs make them put songs that are mostly written by others or some are lucky to get mostly co-writes on their record but probably not many songs they wrote themselves for their first major label debut.


I think Taylor Swift should win! Oh wait, she wouldn't be able to be on American Idol because she actually writes her own songs. People are tired of these manufactured singers and their songs that are usually written for them. This show has run its course.


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]