Lee DeWyze’s more mainstream rocker sound trumped the more eclectic, self-assured Crystal Bowersox. The vote was 51% to 49%, host Ryan Seacrest said.
Lee’s been gaining momentum the last few weeks. Crystal had been the frontrunner for weeks. She arguably performed better on Tuesday night but that didn’t matter. Lee’s likely younger supporters were simply more nimble with the texting.
The two-plus hour finale had one too many Simon Cowell tributes (including a semi-coherent Paula Abdul), an amusingly messy bit with Atlanta’s Larry Platt and William Hung singing “Pants on the Ground” and a few great duets including Alanis Morrissette with Crystal and Joe Cocker with Crystal and Lee. Chicago with Lee? Not so good. Most surprisingly good combo was Siobhan Magnus and Aaron Kelly with the Bee Gees.
And for those with sharp eyes, the Brittinum twins from Atlanta popped by, as well as Diana DeGarmo, formerly of Snellville, in the tribute to Simon which included seven of the previous winners (only David Cook was not there.) as well as dozens of past contestants.
“This is amazing,” DeWyze burbled. “Thank you guys so much! I can’t believe this.” He then sang his coronation song “Beautiful Day” as the confetti fell.
Some coveritlive polls
Casey and Bret Michaels 89%-A 11%-B
Lee DeWyze w/ Chicago A-6 B-18 C-35 F-41%
Pants on the Ground A-26% B-21% C-26% F-26%
Paula’s tribute to Simon A-5% B-40% C-40% F-15%
Simon tributes: Too many-68% Just right 23% too little 9%
The Winners song: A-94% nostalgia’s sake B-6%
Janet A- 50% B-23% C-27% F-0%
Lee/Crystal with Joe Cocker A-36 B-45% C-18 F-0%
Lee winning -27% justified 73% not justified
No original coronation song 77% good thing
Alice Cooper group sing A-20% B-44% C-27% F-20%
Kris Allen A-31% B-31% C-8% F-31%
Bee Gees, Aaron, Siobhan: A-71% B-7% C-11% F-4%
Who will win? 81% Lee
Michael McDonald with Michael Lynche A-29% B-38% C-24% F-10%
Dane Cook parody 10% hilarious 90% douche!
Xtina with ladies A-40% B-40% C-15% F-5%
Ricky Gervias 41% funny 59% not so funny
Hall & Oates with boys A-9% B-18% C-55% F-18%
Crystal/Alanis A-43%, B-21%, C-21%, F-14%
Carrie A-67%, B-17% C-0%, F-17%
Ford best of ad A-13% B-47% C-13% F-27%