Wow! I can't believe how fast this season has gone. The seventh season of American Idol came to an end tonight with a two-hour music-filled finale. The live finale came from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Ryan Seacrest announced that another American Idol voting record had been broken with over ninety-seven million votes being cast. He stated that the split was 56 percent to 44 percent, but of course it was far too early in the night to declare the winner.
It was a night of music beginning with the top-twelve contestants in a group performance of "Get Ready." They all seemed to have a great time and, for once, I wasn't reminded of the Brady Bunch Variety Hour. We moved right into a duet with the two finalists singing "Hero." Again, the two Davids appeared relaxed and like they were ready to have a good time.
Next up was Syesha Mercado singing "Waiting For You." During her performance, Seal stepped on stage and joined in. I was pleased to see Jason Castro perform "Hallelujah," which remains one of my favorite Jason performances from the entire season. More performances followed with the top-six girls singing a medley of Donna Summer songs – with Donna herself joining them for her new single "Stamp Your Feet."
My second favorite performance of the night came next with Michael Johns (it was so great to see him!) and Carly Smithson singing "The Letter." Because the top-six girls had a chance to show their stuff, of course the top-six guys got the same chance. They sang "Summer of '69." Another duet with David Cook and David Archuleta performing a Bryan Adams song, "Heaven," came next. And of course – Bryan joined the fun and the three performed together.
ZZ Top and David Cook performed "Sharp Dressed Man," and this was my favorite performance of the entire evening. I loved it! The Jonas Brothers sang "S.O.S." Next up? One Republic and their hit "Apologize." David Archuleta joined them for the second verse. Now it was time for last year's American Idol to perform. Jordin Sparks sang "One Step At A Time." It was nice to see her again!
It wouldn't be an American Idol finale without Carrie Underwood performing. She sang "Last Name" from her album titled Carnival Ride. A look at the clock told me we were getting close to the end of the show, but before we learned who won, Ryan introduced the top twelve for their final performance as one group. They sang "Faith" and "Father Figure," and I have to admit – I completely enjoyed this performance. Then, the man himself, George Michael stepped on stage and blew me away with his song "Praying for Time."
And now, finally, the time had arrived. I leaned in close to the television and watched both David A and David C's faces as Ryan read the results.
The winner of American Idol 2008 is…David Cook!
David Cook reacted emotionally, which I loved. I'm thrilled he won, as I really believe he proved himself over and over throughout the competition. David Archuleta is a great singer and I am positive we'll see more of him. But at that moment, I was all smiles for David C. Yay, David Cook!
Another year of American Idol is officially over. I'm a little sad and a little relieved to have my Tuesday and Wednesday nights back. But I know, without a doubt, that when January 2009 comes – I'll be at the TV watching the new season as it begins.Powered by Sidelines