The Favorite Again: Crystal Bowersox Owns Lee DeWyze in American Idol Finals

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She started season nine as the favorite, she faltered near the finish line, but Crystal Bowersox came through when it mattered most last night.

Of the six total songs covered by her and Lee DeWyze, Crystal put on the top two performances. She left her comfort zone (and wore a dress!) with Alannah Myles' "Black Velvet," abandoning her guitar and showing off her range.

But it was Bowersox's take on Patty Griffin's "Up to the Mountain" that should earn her the title. She delivered it with drama and feeling, as Randy Jackson rightly referred to the audition as "amazing" and Simon said it was "by far, the best performance and the song of the night."

Ryan and the Finalists

As for Lee? He did perfectly well. We've already downloaded his rendition of "The Boxer" and we're big fans of U2's "Beautiful Day."

But DeWyze's hoarse sound didn't come across well on that single. Still, it wouldn't shock us if viewers sided with Lee simply because his first song would be that contemporary, well-known U2 hit.

This is how we've ranked the six songs sung on the night:

  1. Crystal Bowersox, Up to the Mountain
  2. Crystal Bowersox, Black Velvet
  3. Lee DeWyze, The Boxer
  4. Lee DeWyze, Beautiful Day
  5. Crystal Bowersox, Me and Bobby McGee
  6. Lee DeWyze, Everybody Hurts
Covering The Boxer
Shining Down
Black Velvet Dress
On the Finale
Strumming on a Stool



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]