American Idol Finale Underwhelms, Much Like This Season

Leave it to the judges to save the show on the American Idol finale as Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler along with his band Aerosmith to make the show somewhat watchable.

It was obvious after Tuesday’s show that Phillip Phillips was going to be the next American Idol. Maybe if Jessica Sanchez was able to perform with Jennifer Holliday on Tuesday’s show, she would have made it more interesting.

Chaka Khan dazzled with her very skinny self and Neil Diamond showed that he can still dress sharp and bring his own style to the show.

There was a tribute to Robin Gibb that was somewhat off key.  A tribute for Donna Summer that was to feature Sheila E. never made it to live air.  Guess there just wasn’t time after an on air proposal from former Idol castoff’s Ace and a girl with a nice backside.

The finale underwhelmed like it did for most of the season.  We were not talking about the performances, aside from Jessica Sanchez being “saved” weeks ago.  Nope.  We focused on Jennifer Lopez’s dresses and some overobsessed on her make up.  We looked for what Steven would say.

We never had that shining moment.  We had a moment when Sanchez did “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston earlier in the season.  To show how much this season lacked, they had Sanchez sing the song again last night.

The American Idol Finale used to pull in Super Bowl numbers with special guests and a few surprises.  There were no surprises.  Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler made it bearable last night but not “must see” at all.

So, expect Jennifer to get her $25 million plus.  Expect Tyler to pull in $12 million and to see them next year.  The thing is, unless the talent improves, something has to change on Idol.

Somewhere, Simon Cowell is scheming.  If the judges of American Idol are stealing the show, his judges will do more than that.  With Britney Spears signed on and up and comer Demi Lovato there as well, it makes “must see tv” for X Factor.

The reason?  The talent pool on X Factor was much better than Idol’s this year.  Simon knew his show needed improvements and fast.  Hiring Spears and Lavato gets them age groups that Idol no longer has.

Idol had to remind us about Kris Evans and Taylor Hicks last night.  They even took credit for Adam Lambert (Not an Idol winner) hitting number 1 knocking off Carrie Underwood, who was an Idol winner.

The Voice isn’t dominating yet although the talent pool on that show was better than Idol this season.  Simon Cowell knows Idol dropped the ball and he intends to pick it up and not give it back.

What did you think of the Idol Finale last night?-DocFB



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  • jane
    Posted at 16:41h, 26 May

    It was very underwheming; I loved previous finals!! The choice of guest superstars was not great and the way they were already on the stage instead of being excitedly introduced was not good either. Philip Philips is yet another guitar playing underdog average male winner who should not have won (think Adam Lambert v whathisname) but THAT final at least was exciting! IMFAO The final should have been Jessica v Joshua, they would have pulled out all of the stops. Rhianna was the best guest. Lady GAGA or MAdonna MAY have saved it. And WHERE was the screaming famous audience (aka Jack Black, Janice Dickibnson etc)? Where was the special performance from the rubbishy contestant failures that always makes us laugh? Finally, Philip Phillips cried a bit but he was VERY underwhelmed. Sorry, I am just SOOOOOOOOO disappointed this year…….

  • Chris J.
    Posted at 07:27h, 25 May

    This season, Idol had some of the best talent it has ever had. But I think the judges and Jimmy Iovine really managed to manipulate the audience (and the contestants) more than ever before, so much so that the show became a joke. As a loyal fan up to now, I hate to say it, but Idol has finally “jumped the shark.”

    I loved X-Factor last year, and I’m hoping it doesn’t suffer a similar fate.

  • Maballes Aiken
    Posted at 17:03h, 24 May

    I have to disagree, the talent on The X Factor was so bad that I doubt anyone can recall the winner only a few months on, Idol avoided the same fate by not having a similiar singer win last night. Both the low talent pool and the ridiculous production values, as well as the “I kicked her out, I made a big mistake” scam assured that I will not be returning to watch X Factor next time (sorry Brits !), Simon Cowell has the worst musical taste on the planet and has become increasingly predictable, to the point of boring.

    On the other hand, Idol had a number of interesting contestants this year but it was obvious even from the auditions who was going to win, at least Idol may actually have a winner that will sell a few records, which would be the first one in quite some time.

  • purplekat
    Posted at 15:31h, 24 May

    I disagree – I think this season was one of the best as far as the talent goes! The finale could have been a little better. I think they need to update the songs. The old school stuff appeals to my generation (70’s and 80’s) but they need to perform more up tp date songs to appeal to age group of the contestants. Jessica Sanchez should have won in my opinion (just like Adam Lambert should have won 3 years ago) based on vocal talent alone, and Joshua Ledet should have been in the finale too! Apart from Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson, it seems those that do not win American Idol end up having the most successful careers (Chris Daughtry, Jennifer Hudson, Adam Lambert). I’ll still keep watching though, together with X-Factor and The Voice – i love them all!

  • violet aura
    Posted at 12:34h, 24 May

    The entire season was disappointing.The music scene doesn’t need another Beyonce or Dave Matthews wannabe!Nothing original or memorable.Oh well-

  • Mary
    Posted at 07:18h, 24 May

    I was quite disappointed in the finale as well. I felt like there was a lot of screaming, which was supposedly singing. I could have done without another dose of J-Lo. Reba and Skylar were pretty good but Aerosmith stole the show! They really should have just had a 1-hour finale and spared us (and our ears) the excess “entertainment”.

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