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7:43 pm May 25, 2010, by Rodney Ho
‘American Idol’ live blogging top 2 performance show
May 25th, 20107:46 pm
Her choice: Me & Bobby McGee
Fuller’s choice: Black Velvet
Released song: Up to the Mountain
His choice: The Boxer
Fuller’s choice: Everybody Hurts
Released song: Beautiful Day
May 25th, 20107:56 pm
D the released songs are they originals
May 25th, 20107:59 pm
I don’t think so…I’m pretty sure that Beautiful Day isn’t.
May 25th, 20108:01 pm
Up To the Mountain is a contemporary folk song by Patti Griffin
May 25th, 20108:05 pm
And the winner is……Lee. Why wait for the competition? The Pimp Panel (AKA the Judges) have decided.
May 25th, 20108:10 pm
Lee did a reasonable job on the Boxer. Art Garfunkel need not worry about competition.
May 25th, 20108:11 pm
Not as good as the first time he sang it.
May 25th, 20108:16 pm
Round one goes to Crystal!
May 25th, 20108:17 pm
Semi honest judging. I’m mildly amazed.
You are right, D, but I still hate the copycat Janis songs she does.
May 25th, 20108:22 pm
OH Good Lord…that note was awful!!!!!
May 25th, 20108:23 pm
I wonder if Crystal will get a choir.
May 25th, 20108:24 pm
OKL returns. Not wild about the song, the arrangement or the delivery. Gospel choir helped hide the off key moments. Can’t wait for the The Tin Ear Alley tour.
May 25th, 20108:26 pm
I think Lee gets a choir in a desperate effort to help him find the note.
May 25th, 20108:31 pm
Crystal is in it to win it tonight!
Crystal, again, delivers an outstanding vocal performance.
May 25th, 20108:33 pm
LOL, D. “help him find the note”
Crystal takes round 2!
May 25th, 20108:34 pm
Give it to Crystal now
I actually liked that better than her 1st performance. Good for Crystal. It appears that she got rid of her nerves during the dress rehearsal.
Neg says: CRYSTAL...WOW!!!
May 25th, 20108:38 pm
WOW!!!!! CRYSTAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SHE’S SLAYING IT TONIGHT!!!!
May 25th, 20108:40 pm
Lee’s original is pure suck. I hate, hate, hate synthesizers, the song is bleh, and it’s just a lame vocal.
May 25th, 20108:41 pm
The Tin Ear Alley Tour has already begun with Lee’s third song. However, this song could be great when performed by a competent singer. At least Lee (or his advisors) decided on very heavy instrumentals to cover his lack of tonal awareness.
May 25th, 20108:44 pm
Neg…that wasn’t an original song although it sounded like one. That was a U2 song. Crystal is songing a folk song called Up to the MOuntain
May 25th, 20108:48 pm
D, that was so brutal. The judges couldn’t even pretend to like it…except Ellen, but she’s not really a judge.
You can tell how far idol has fallen just by comparing the blog tonight to that of 4 or 5 years ago.
May 25th, 20108:50 pm
Big vocals, connection to the lyrics. Just what I’ve come to expect from Crystal. N
May 25th, 20108:51 pm
Cannot get on the live blog so I’ll try to join in here for whatever time is left…
Obviously Crystal has kicked ass – no contest.
May 25th, 20108:52 pm
May 25th, 20108:53 pm
I think Crystal just had an Idol moment!
May 25th, 20108:54 pm
Andi…Rodney isn’t with us right now so that’s why you can’t get on the live blog.
I actually teared up. Best performance of the year.
May 25th, 20108:55 pm
No matter what the voting results. No contest. Crystal won. It was not even close. Reminds me of the time I saw Gloria Estefan perform with Celine Dion. It was like hearing an adult next to a vocal child. Same tonight.
Ah, thanks D. Well I’ll hang here for now. Hope he’s okay.
And I wasn’t gonna vote tonight, but think I have to vote for Crystal. She earned it plain and simple.
May 25th, 20108:56 pm
OMG….I’m a mess after Crystal’s final performance. That was awesome, & I will buy that song. I think part of the emotion is Crystal’s performance, and part of it is Simon’s last critique. Unless they find a very, very good replacement for Simon, the show will have a very big hole in it next season. Now…on to vote for….Crystal!
May 25th, 20108:59 pm
I may be in the minority, but I still would like to have seen Siobhan in it with Crystal
May 25th, 20109:00 pm
SBostian….Crystal’s voice didn’t get “lost” in that big arena as Lee’s did sometimes. I think Lee allowed the enormity of the event overwhelm him, and it showed in the inconsistency of his performances. I was just thinking prior to Crystal’s last performance that she’d have to really, really underwhelm me for me not to vote for her. She didn’t disappoint. She seemed passionate. She engaged the audience. She was in her element. And, that last song. OMG. I got the chill-bump factor, something that didn’t happen very often this season.
May 25th, 20109:02 pm
I have no words…I’m still shaking. Crystal took it to a level that not only made Lee irrelevant, but maybe destroyed all previous Idol finales combined. I’m speechless.
Tami, I was comparing Crystal to the vocal adult, not the vocal child. Lee simply was not in the same league as Crystal.
May 25th, 20109:04 pm
Oh my goodness. Crystal walked through that like it was a spring day, while Lee struggled as if in the midst of a blizzard of monumental proportions!
OMG, the Up to the Mountain was freaking INCREDIBLE.
ANd the comment that there’s no one contemporary that sounds like Crystal — DUH!!!!!! she is NOT “pop” in ANY sense of the word, she’s just dayumed GOOD
Beach Bound Harm!
May 25th, 20109:05 pm
Before I call it a night, I have one thing to say! GO CRYSTAL!!!
even the judges could not possibly pimp Lee to the extent they MAY have wanted to (not sure that they didn’t learn their lesson last week with the feedback about just how MUCH they seemed to be pimping him in the semi!)
May 25th, 20109:06 pm
Tami, your last sentence…. i don’t think there has been ONE “chill bump” moment until now, this season!
May 25th, 20109:07 pm
Haven’t been able to get through yet on Crystal’s top line, and I’ve hit redial a hundred times at least.
Make that two things to say! I’m not beach bound anymore, I came back Sunday!
May 25th, 20109:09 pm
Do the other lines, we’ve got 26 on the last one. Go Crystal, you were unbelievable.
May 25th, 20109:10 pm
How could they pimp Lee…it would have been a joke. Last week he wasn’t too bad and they could get away with it but THIS week….Crystal wiped the stage with him!
CRYSTAL! CRYSTAL! CRYSTAL!
I’ll text enough for everyone
May 25th, 20109:11 pm
Yes! Crystal gave us our first Idol Moment of this season!
agreed D … they had NO choice! Crystal should be walking away with this one, hands down!
May 25th, 20109:12 pm
huh dialidol has lee winning, so far…
I’m still blown away. Having a scotch to try and calm down.
May 25th, 20109:14 pm
will be interesting to see how the voting goes over the next 3+ hours… wish we COULD see, for real, lol!
Nutmeg with Chills
Crystal is amazing. I agree with SBostian–she’s won, no matter what happens tomorrow night.
If, next year, there’s any of that “You know, Lee, the guy who actually *won*?” mess, I’ll just roll my eyes and know that the better musician lost.
What struck me tonight was her utter comfort on that stage. She was easy with the band, easy with her movement, completely in control of her voice, and–until her understandably and emotionally awkward Simon tribute–easy with her banter.
even trying a little humor at the end….yeah, Nutmeg, she had it all tonight!
May 25th, 20109:15 pm
I cannot believe it…I just went to Dial Idol after reading Linny and Lee is way ahead! No FACKING way!! I’ll never watch another episode if he actually wins.
May 25th, 20109:17 pm
Vote FOR CRYSTAL!! SHE NEEDS IT!!
May 25th, 20109:19 pm
what was the song at the end with the video?
May 25th, 20109:20 pm
LOL…Linny, I believe you’re right. I do know that Crystal might have come pretty close because there was a point in the season that the judges were so enthusiastic in their praises for her. It seemed to drop off for a while. But tonight. My Gosh….where has she been the last couple of weeks? She sure commanded the stage tonight with a new authority. I will buy her CD. And, I don’t buy too many CDs these days — just mp3s. You know…a couple of weeks back, Casey, Mike, Crystal & Lee performed a couple of group sings that was just phenomenal. Their combined vocals were tight and ….. PERFECT. I will buy that mp3 if that one is ever recorded & released.
May 25th, 20109:21 pm
The funny thing about Crystal’s is she’s had the ease on stage all along, but she seemed too complacent in recent weeks. She always sounded great, but sort of phoned it in towards the end.
Then tonight she wasn’t just at ease, she commanded the stage and brought everything she was capable of to the competition. Combined with Lee being so overwhelmed it just made the most lopsided finale I can remember in a while.
I’m getting through on 04 EVERY time!
Well….DialIdol can’t be completely correct. It’s only 8:20 CDT, and Mountain & Pacific time zones still haven’t seen the show. The 11 pm hour ought to be real interesting in trying to get through on the phone lines. We can vote up to midnight our time.
May 25th, 20109:22 pm
Correction: We have 4 hours. 9 pm – 1 am is 4 hours. LOL
May 25th, 20109:23 pm
Chloe…that was Britain’s Idol winner, I believe. Nice voice, and nice song. I think they had his performance set to an end-of-season video montage.
Gosh, I was certain that Lee was going to win before the night started………but Crystal KILLED IT!! She was fantastic and so clearly the superior talent. Lee, I thought, was pitchier than usual. Definitely, Crystal for the win!!
anyone can give me the name of the song at thevery end please?
May 25th, 20109:24 pm
thanks tami do you know what the song was called…heard it before but the name escaped me
Hey Chloe…check on AI’s website. I’ll try to look myself as well
May 25th, 20109:25 pm
ugh American Idol…..nvm i feel stupid
May 25th, 20109:26 pm
Crystal owned the night!
May 25th, 20109:28 pm
Chloe: It’s called “Leave Right Now” by Will Young.
cant find it it isnt updated
May 25th, 20109:29 pm
oh ok thank you tami
May 25th, 20109:30 pm
Chloe, Leave Right Now by Will Young
May 25th, 20109:31 pm
No problem, Chloe. Talk about multi-tasking. I’m busy watching “Dancing With The Stars” finale, keeping an eye on the Braves’ game, Googling what the name of the song is, and voting for Crystal. I’m busier than I was at work today! Whew!! LOL
May 25th, 20109:32 pm
tami don’t tell me who wins DWTS, cuz i’m JUST getting to that on dvr!
May 25th, 20109:33 pm
and my week is pure bliss … SYTYCD starts Thursday!!!!! wwwwwwwwwoooooooooeeeeeeeee!!!!!
HA, I’m flipping between “Biggest Loser” and “DWTS” myself. It’s finale overload!
May 25th, 20109:34 pm
Dial Idol has officially called it for Lee facking DeWize. Unbelievable…this is a travesty.
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How do I vote 4 crystal
What the h*** does Dial Idol measure? Who would vote Lee over Crystal after tonight? (or any other Idol night)
May 25th, 20109:37 pm
1-866-436-5207, 5704, 5706
May 25th, 20109:38 pm
oops Negs….5702 for the first one *(actually caught Negs in a booboo!!!)*
Hey Neg 02 not 07
Neg….I’m getting through for Crystal on 02. It is a travesty!
JD, dialidol measures busy signals…. i cannot believe that it’s at all accurate tonight!!
May 25th, 20109:39 pm
Don’t worry, Linny. I won’t say anything re DWTS.
May 25th, 20109:40 pm
Crystal’s numbers are 02, 04, & 06. She performed last, so she gets the even ending numbers
May 25th, 20109:41 pm
Sorry, I typed 7 instead of 2! Keep pumping the redial!!! We must not let this injustice stand!!
May 25th, 20109:42 pm
I’m dialing! I’m dialing! LOL
Unless AI has done something to reduce busy signals and let you get through to screw up Dial Idol. We are getting through alot on 04 and 06. (at least 200 votes)
May 25th, 20109:43 pm
Well, tonight was about as close to a blow out as I have seen in an Idol finale. While off-key Lee may still pull out the win, tonight was a clean knock out by crystal in my book.
1. Crystal – Up to the Mountain – This was as close to a WOW moment for me as any performance this season. I actually had to wipe a couple tears away as this song ended. Crystal sang this with an emotion we have not seen from her all season. Win or lose she capped the season with her best performance. Simply amazing.
2. Crystal – Black Velvet – A perfect torchy choice by the producers. Crystal absolutely slayed this song. I was scared for her in those heels going down the stairs, but other than that she blew this “out da box”.
3. Crystal – Me and Bobby McGee – Loved this the first time she did it, and loved it again this time. Crystal came with her A game tonight and showed no matter what the actual outcome is, she was here to win.
4. Lee – Beautiful Day – a couple pitch problems, but overall a very good performance by Lee. Did not feel it was as good as any of Crystal’s performances, but it was very good and showed Lee’s talent and that he definately deserved his spot in the finals.
5. Lee – The Boxer – Not sure this was as good as the first time he sang it. His nerves were on full display, and he had some really rough spots in this song. Still it was a good solid performance, but not great.
6. Lee – Everybody Hurts – On the good side, it was not a total trainwreck performance, but it was painful. Lee hit some very sour notes and just seemed to be slightly behind the beat the entire song to me. I think Lee’s nerves really got to him tonight.
SHOULD WIN – Crystal. She owned the stage tonight and was clearly the best performer.
WILL WIN – 50/50 – Lee has such a deep fan base that I am not sure even the clear blow out tonight will matter.
JD….I’m getting thru on 02 as well
May 25th, 20109:44 pm
Never in Idol history has anyone lost being THIS MUCH BETTER than the person who won on the final night. EVER!
Dial Idol shows Crystal voted off. Give me a BREAK!
May 25th, 20109:45 pm
Still voting until my finger falls off.
Maybe we’ll get some voting help from the Central time zone in about 15 minutes.
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