Both Crystal and Lee got a chance to sing together in their performance of "With A Little Help From My Friends," where they were joined by Joe Cocker on stage. I thought it was an appropriate song for the two to end together on. And was it just me, or at times did it seem that Lee was getting overwhelmed during that performance just a little? To me, it came across completely endearing.
And then the time had come for Ryan to read the results. He said that there was less than a two percent difference in the voting. Crystal looked ready for either outcome, Lee looked like he was about to pass out for the nth time that night.
I can't be the only one who thought that Lee was going to fall over after Ryan announced him as the winner, right? Lee's reaction was so genuine and real it totally moved one of my friends to tears. I will say this about the winning moment: Lee performing "Beautiful Day" with the confetti flying everywhere was one of the coolest moments of the night.
I think it was interesting that this season started out as being touted as "the season of the females," and then for the third year in a row, you have a male singer/songwriter win. Quite the Idol "hat trick," indeed!
I think Crystal will do just fine as far as getting signed and putting out a great record. With Lee winning, it allows him to work with producers that he may not have had the chance to work with if he had come in second. (And I know that's not always the case, but it doesn't hurt, that's all.)
Lee winning felt like the show accomplished it's mission as far as finding an unknown talent that needs that push. I am really thankful that Simon was around this season to fight on Lee's behalf to get him into the Top 24 and then make him work every week to be better. He really worked the entire season for this win.
I know there are a lot of fans and media outlets today saying that Crystal out-sang Lee this week. That was this week. They both were off for two-thirds of their performances, and when it came down to it, yeah, she was fantastic. When you look at the big picture, the season as a whole, Lee progressed, and with his progression his fan base grew.
It really doesn't entirely matter what the judges say in the end, it comes down to the fans voting. Lee's fans stayed true to him to the end, and helped him get this more-than-deserved win. (And I am not saying that Crystal's fans just kicked back on Tuesday night and did nothing. I think that the voting demographics for the two contestants probably vary.) But I am thrilled for Lee and I already can't wait to hear the music he releases post-Idol.
Which performances from the finale were your favorites? Are you going to miss Simon? What did you think about the American Idol results? And can you name all the former contestants that joined the former Idol winners during Simon's send-off?