Wow! There was only a 2 percent difference in votes! That's like... CLOSE. I wonder how many votes came in this season. But all I can say it, this season started out extremely crappy with the good ones gone early, but it all ended right. It's the best finale I can ever ask for (alright I'm biased). I supported Crystal and Lee right from the beginning and it's the first time the person I supported right from the beginning actually won. And BOTH made it to the final two. So I really didn't care who won. So Lee won, and maybe people say he didn't deserve it, but I think he did. If Crystal were the one who won, I'd have said the same thing too. Both of them are just amazing.
Even though Crystal didn't win, she's gonna do very well. This girl has mad, mad talent. She's been amazing throughout the whole season, the person you can always count on to give a decent performance even when the rest of the group suck. And she has delivered, week after week. She was off for a few weeks, but she came back strong and fighting again. This is just the beginning for her, title or no title, she has a bright future ahead. This is one heck of a musician!
Lee emerged as the dark horse, shy and terrified on stage initially. He made poor song choices, but started picking himself up at the top 10 week. Then he was unstoppable, giving great performance after great performance. IMO, his best performances were in the top 3 week. Even though he didn't give stellar performances when they counted, he's still a really great guy with a great voice and great heart. Love his sincerity and humility, and I hope he'll go far as well. I'm glad he won, I think he deserved it, yay Lee!
Probably the best finale this season. The performances really rocked. Not to mention the touching tribute to Simon. I'm really gonna miss the guy. The judge you can count on to always give honest, painful at times, yet extremely helpful advice. IMO, none of the other judges even match up to him one bit. Idol has got to get a good replacement, otherwise show ratings next year will just drop even more. True, Simon said that the audience has been incredible judges. But I'm sure, without Simon's useful opinions, the public will not vote the way they do. Simon's been awesome, and Idol's gonna miss a great, great judge!
I'm sad that this season has ended, but I'll still say that it is good. (Yeah maybe it's because I loved the ending). But that's what it's all about isn't it. It's the end that counts. And the end is good, IMO. Kudos to yet another awesome season of AI!
Congratulations to both Lee and Crystal! This is just the start for both of them. Amazing careers ahead. Go guys!