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Idol Dewyze.

I’m sure you’ve been following my American Idol exploits closely over the last few months and are just dying to know the results. I’m sure.

The finale was pretty blah. On night one each contestant sang three songs. The third one is always the song the winner will release as their first single and is usually some hokey song written for the show about how they’ve waited for that moment all their lives and now their dreams have come true.

This year instead they both sang covers. Lee sang U2’s Beautiful Day. I am not a huge U2 fan, but Beautiful Day has to be one of my least favorite of their songs. And I can’t imagine anyone on the radio doing a cover of it. And it seems like such an odd song to ever release as a first single. And Lee spent most of the season playing acoustic guitar. So the song made no sense.

Crystal got a folksy guitar song and sang it well. Definitely seemed more fitting for her as a first single.

On to night two and the over two-hour long results show that proved how completely out of touch American Idol has become, filled with a myriad of old musical acts like Joe Cocker and the BeeGees and announcing MySpace auditions (who uses MySpace?).

(p.s. every time I use the word “myriad” I think of Heathers.)

They also brought back William Hung for a cameo and had Paula Abdul doing stand-up, something she should never, ever, ever do ever again. We were also inevitable treated to a choreographed rendition of this season’s breakout hit “Pants on the Ground” and a whole lot of Simon love and retrospective montages of him being mean and awesome.

The fact that it was Simon’s last show seems to trump all else. I know I say every year that I’m going to stop watching, but really, I started watching because of Simon. He made the show. And I don’t think I’ll care much without him. But, who am I kidding, I’ll probably watch…plus it’s not like Simon is actually going away, he’s just going to be on a new show and I can watch that too…

Anyways. In the end our home town boy Lee ended up winning. And Eric and I can’t decide who wins among ourselves. I had the guy who came in third going the furthest. But the guy he picked as third went further than who I had in third. We’ve decided to call it a draw. Not that it matters because we never put any money down…

Rank   Val   Eric   Sue
1   Lee Dewyze   Lee Dewyze   Lee Dewyze
2   Crystal Bowersox   Crystal Bowersox   Siobhan Magnus
3   Siobhan Magnus   Michael Lynche   Crystal Bowersox
4   Casey James   Siobhan Magnus   Michael Lynche
5   Didi Benami   Didi Benami   Casey James
6   Andrew Garcia   Casey James   Aaron Kelly
7   Michael Lynche   Andrew Garcia   Didi Benami
8   Tim Urban   Tim Urban   Katie Stevens
9   Katie Stevens   Katie Stevens   Tim Urban
10   Aaron Kelly   Aaron Kelly   Andrew Garcia
11   Paige Miles   Paige Miles   Paige Miles
12   Lacey Brown   Lacey Brown   Lacey Brown

PINK = still in it
DARK PINK = kicked out
ORANGE = third place
YELLOW = second place
GREEN = first place

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Hi, I'm Val. I spent most of my 20s in a standstill, unable to pick which path in life I wanted to take. I wanted the nomadic life of a traveler but also wanted the husband, the condo, and the kitten. Unable to decide which life I wanted more, I did nothing. When I turned 30 I’d had enough of putting my life on hold and decided to start “choosing my figs.” So, I quit my job, bought a one-way ticket to Europe, and traveled for three years. Now I'm back in Chicago, decorating my apartment in all the teal, petting my cats, and planning my next adventure.

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