May 22, 2007 08:18 PM by Joe Blackmon
To kick off the American Idol final performance show, Ryan Seacrest
asked Paula Abdul about reports that she had broken her nose. Paula
said she tripped over her dog Tulip but that the dog was fine, and
Seacrest quipped “So the bitch is ok, alright we’ve got it.”
Even though Seattle was criticized as the worst city ever for talent on American Idol, Seacrest pointed out that both the remaining two finalists and the the winners of the songwriting contest came out of Seattle. In a taped segment, Blake Lewis won the coin toss, and he asked Jordin Sparks if she wanted to go first. Jordin shook her head no, so Blake said he would go first.
For his first performance, Blake Lewis sang “You Give Love A Bad Name.” Randy Jackson said “I give you a ten out of ten on the beatboxing, dawg. The beatboxing was hot, you had the triplets going on with the drum thing. The singing for me was just alright.” Paula Abdul said “I wish I could give you more than a ten.” Simon Cowell said “You’re not the best singer in the competition, but you are the best performer I think we’ve had.”
For her first performance, Jordin Sparks sang “Fighter.” Randy Jackson said “It wasn’t your greatest entertainment thing, but your voice, you were stellar.” Paula Abdul said “You were stellar, awesome.” Simon Cowell said “I thought the vocals actually were a bit shrieky in the middle.” Simon Cowell called round one for Blake, Paula Abdul called it a tie, and Randy gave the edge in performance to Blake and edge in vocals to Jordin.
For his second performance, Blake Lewis sang “She Will Be Loved.” Randy Jackson said “Great song and a very nice vocal.” Paula Abdul said “You sounded great.” Simon Cowell said “It was good, it was safe, it wasn’t as good as the first performance, and I actually wouldn’t have chosen that song in the final, because I don’t think it makes that much of an impact.”
For her second performance, Jordin Sparks sang “A Broken Wing.” Randy Jackson said “That was flawless, that was unbelievable, I think better than the original.” Paula Abdul said “You are in great, great vocal voice tonight.” Simon Cowell said “Now that was good.”
For his third performance, Blake Lewis sang “This Is My Now,” which is the song that won the American Idol songwriting competition. Randy Jackson said “You did a pretty good job with it. It was alright, you don’t have to feel that bad about it.” Paula Abdul said “Even if it’s not the genre of music that you like or enjoy, I think you were in great voice.” Simon Cowell said “I thought it was all a little odd to be honest with you, Blake.”
For her third performance, Jordin Sparks also sang “This Is My Now.” Randy Jackson said “You were the best singer tonight. You deserve it all, baby.” Paula Abdul said “You’re an angel.” Simon Cowell said “You just wiped the floor with Blake on that song.”
So who will win American Idol? At least two of the American Idol judges seem to have a clear favorite, and the other probably has a favorite too but won’t admit it. Randy Jackson said “I think Jordin wins the night.” Paul Abdul said “They all end up winners, as you will see.” Simon Cowell said “I would say the best individual performance of the night was Blake on the first song, but based on overall singing, Jordin.” We tend to agree with Simon Cowell and think that the final original song was a better fit for Jordin and that is what voters will likely remember. Our prediction is that Jordin Sparks will win American Idol 6, but as Paula says “They all end up winners.”