Two hours to get to the answer. Thank goodness for TiVo. I only had to watch about 90 minutes – and no commercials 😉
The show opened with a performance by the Top 12 – and a whole bunch of other folks on the stage. Did anyone besides me think that the camera work was really bad? I mean, I couldn’t even tell the contestants from the dancers. Then we had a nice duet with the two Davids. Next up was Syesha, who was joined by Seal. He didn’t help her performance. Jason then reminded me why he got kicked off the show (although not nearly as soon as he should have). With nothing on the line, his performance of “Hallelujah” was just horrible.
The six women then did a Donna Summer medley and were joined by the disco diva herself, who is promoting a new album. She may be old, but she put those youngsters to shame. And in my house, it was a a sing-a-long 🙂 Sorry, Syesha – you couldn’t hang.
Next up was a really weird arrangement of “The Letter,” performed by Michael Johns and Carly Smithson. Not sure what they were aiming for here but it didn’t work.
The six guys came out and sang a medley of rock songs. They were joined by aging rocker Bryan Adams. Not bad, but not nearly as cool as Donna Summer 😉
David Cook took the stage with ZZ Top. Let me guess – a bit of a dream come true for Cook. Not bad. But then we had Brooke White with Graham Nash, of the folk-rock band of yesteryear, Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young. Good choice for Brooke but boring nonetheless.
Next up was platinum-selling artists The Thomas Brothers. Just goes to show you what kids will buy today. I gather this boy band with its 1980s clothes and hairstyles appeals to the teenagers but I’ve never heard of them. And I won’t be buying their records anytime soon.
Then we were “treated” to a performance by one of the worst folks who auditioned this year. You may remember him singing his own creation, “I Am Your Brother.” He was joined by the USC Marching Band. Ultimately, he had judges Paula and Randy on stage with him dancing. No doubt it was fun for Renaldo, but it was torture for me.
OneRepublic was up next, performing their hit Apologize. Good, good stuff. David Archuleta joined them and did a wonderful job. This is exactly the kind of song he needs to record.
Singing “One Step At A Time,” last season’s winner Jordin Sparks took the stage. So much for her having problems singing. She did a pretty good job.
Now, interspersed between the various performances were various comedy routines. Most weren’t funny. But the Gladys Knight clip with Ben Stiller, Jack Black, and Robert Downey Jr. was absolutely hilarious. Go to iTunes and download it. The money goes to charity and you’ll laugh so hard it will make it worth every penny.
Carrie Underwood hit the stage next. Goodness, what have they done to that little farm girl? Let’s just say that with looks like that, she could sing the phonebook 😉
The top 12 then took the stage, this time without the dancers. A much better medley of songs, this time from George Michael, formerly of Wham!. Michael was there, of course, and sang a nice solo, “Praying for Time.” George is getting ready to kick off his first US tour in 17 years.
Finally we got the the results. Winning by 12 million votes, 56% to 44%, was David Cook. Have to admit, I was surprised.