American Idol 10 Finale – Recap Roundup

‘Something Pitchy:’ ‘American Idol’ Season 10 Ends on a High Note

Find out what myself, Rickey Yaneza (Rickey.org) and MJ Santilli (MJs Big Blog) have to say as we put season 10 to bed and look ahead at what’s next for ‘American Idol,’ as well Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina, in this post-finale edition of AOL TV’s ‘American Idol’ talk show ‘Something Pitchy!’

TV Squad

‘American Idol’ on the scene for finale results show: Prom dresses, Tom Jones lyrics, and exhaustion, oh my!

Where is probably the one and only place in the world where you can find Midwestern ladies in prom/bridesmaid dresses, people speaking a wide variety of languages, poster board signs covered in blinking lights, dozens of cowboy hats, and a mish-mash of the oddball celebrities? The American Idol season finale, of course! I was there last night as the show went down at downtown LA’s Nokia Theater, and the only way to really describe what was going on is to call it exactly what it was: a crazy spectacle. I’m not exaggerating: Moms were really prowling around in prom/bridesmaid dresses! (True: Things such as this make me really happy.) I love that, for some, the American Idol finale is something on par with a seminal life event like a wedding. To each his own, I suppose! But I digress. On to my other observations…

EW

Live at American Idol: Grand Finale Kicked Major Ass!

Words can’t describe our relief that Wednesday’s finale show was a slam dunk in terms of entertainment. In sharp contrast to Tuesday’s final performance show, the Nokia Theatre was crackling with excitement. It felt super packed, the audience felt warm and the old, familiar, cozy, Idol fuzzies were wrapping the room in one big celebratory hug.

Prior to going live, judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler were introduced to the audience as they took their seats. The crowd went wild as the three waved enthusiastically and flashed genuine, excited grins to everyone.

Read more at Eonline

American Idol Season Finale Recap: Low and Steady Wins the Race

Sometimes I seriously question my obsession with American Idol. After all, there’s no other show on television that consistently causes spikes in my blood pressure — whether it’s from the blind fury I feel toward the show’s inept and inconsistent judging panel, the frustration I experience with its thoroughly uninspired theme nights and song lists, or the rolling rage of wondering things like “Where the frak is Pia Toscano’s finale duet?”

TV Line

Great Scott! McCreery wins ‘American Idol’

Lock the doors and turn the lights down low, America. The teenager with the baritone is your new Fox-crowned superstar.

After four months and ten million “in it to win it!” pronouncements from Randy Jackson, “American Idol” named Scotty McCreery as the winner of season 10. The 17-year-old topped fellow teenager Lauren Alaina in the finale, winning the most votes out of the 122 million-plus cast.

MSNBC

The Season 10 ‘American Idol’ Finale’s Most Memorable Moments

On Wednesday night, a new American Idol was crowned. Congrats, Scotty McCreery. But this news was actually anti-climactic compared to everything else that occurred in the 117 minutes leading up to Ryan Seacrest’s big announcement. If anything, there were so many great performances by the contestants who didn’t make it to the finale, it was enough to make viewers wonder if they’d voted wrong when they elected the final two. Perhaps this was not the agenda “Idol” producers had in mind when they planned this show…but their loss was our gain, because we were all treated to a night of fine Idolicious entertainment.

Reality Rocks

American Idol Unleashes the Confetti and the Star Power

So! The American Idol finale has passed us all by, and after a season of frustration over ever-green contestants and non-judging it was nice to see some professionalism creep into the proceedings. This was, of course, largely the result of the night being wall-to-wall carpeted with big names from pop of all stripes—Gaga, Beyoncé, U2, and so on. (I suppose you could throw Steven Tyler in there as well, although dude is on notice with me not just for this season, but for singing “Dream On” and bringing back long-repressed memories of the Gokey Scream last night.) But it could have been worse, and, hell, it has been worse in the past.

Popdust

Five Big Idol Don’ts—Are You Listening, Scotty McCreery?

1. Don’t Be What You Weren’t: Let’s say you’re Ruben Studdard, and you sell yourself to Idol watchers as the dress-casual Luther Vandross. Then you release your first album, and you go hip-hop—or, worse, “faux” hip-hop in the judgment of some critics. Then you release your second album, and you go gospel. Then you release your third album (and, by this point, you are most fortunate to do so), and you finally—finally!—get down to business. Unfortunately, this late in the game, there isn’t much business to be had.

Read more at EOnline

Its Not Unusual: American Idol 10 FINALE TIME

There are many things wrong with American Idol. One of which may be Ryan Seacrest in a tuxedo. Little man in a bow tie. Such a tiny bow tie? Like ones worn by old timey soda jerks or boxing officiators. Has anyone seen Don King lately? Oh damn my ADD. But I already know who won the whole shebang and frankly I’m really just watching for the highlights, er…the TOM JONES MEDLEY.

Top Idol Blog

A Shockingly Entertaining Idol Finale!

t’s Idol Finals. I missed half the season and I’m still exhausted. The only question I have is which old has-beens are they going to cart on-stage tonight? I’m going with Captain and Tenille, the surviving members of Village People and possibly Peaches and Herb, with an outside chance of Pat Boone.

Aww, an awful group sing-along. I missed these, what with all the good TV on Thursday nights. Good to see Worsters Paul, Jacob and Casey grouped together. Casey’s almost as terrible at these as Blind Scott. Go Casey and your three left feet.

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  • Elliegrll

    This is a great article from the New York Times about how good the finale was, and why people watch AI. The American Idol winner is American Idol.

    I’m sure that The Times regular tastemaker will weigh in and trash Lauren and Scotty, and AI fans, but it’s nice to see an article where reporters aren’t acting like they are too good for the show, even though they watch every year, and where people get it. The reason that AI has survived all of these years is because of the “feel good” moments. Last year didn’t fare well, because there was too much focus on the negative, even though many in the idol bubble may like to rehash negative things, that’s not why the average viewer watches. It is ironic that the article was posted around the same time that Nigel decided to take a nasty dig at Lee. I hope Nigel gets a chance to read the story.

  • http://www.myspace.com/rjveritas MrRJ

    10:00 to 10:07 spike is easy to explain…..it is news time in the midwest. Non-Idol watchers in Chicago, St Louis, Minneapolis etc are tuning into local news…..This is NOT interest in who won Idol.

  • smart141voter

    No Conspiracy in American Idol? Really?
    1. The demographic of American Idol viewers is mostly viewers from the Southern States (South) (see wikipedia).
    2. The rating trend was downward. This year revenue is down 17% than last year. New producer (Nigel Lythgoe) has to do something about it.
    3. Out of 10 winners 8 winners were from the South (2 of them are very successful: Kelly Clarkson & Carrie Underwood; the majority of their music-genre fans is from the South).
    4. There were 2 ‘potential’ contenders from the South in Top 13 (Lauren Alaina & Scott McCreery; their music-genre is popular in the South).
    5. The voting system is NOT verifiable. Even if a contestant is considered very talented by the music experts/industry/viewers, he/she can be voted off, and suspicion about manipulation is almost zero. Because in people’s mind: “Because viewers can vote unlimited, contestant whose fans vote like ‘crazy’ will win, contestants who can’t generate excitement will lose.” This is where TPTB has the ‘loophole’: they reserve the right to disqualify, block or remove any votes from any individual. They have created their own privilege to steer the direction of the outcome of the show to what they deem necessary for the sake of the show. Viewers are just ‘pawns’ and ‘scapegoats’ (“How come they are so stupid to vote him/her off?”; Remember: ‘cougars’/’tweens/teens were to be blamed ) The contestants are the talented young musicians who are in desperate need to survive. Absolutely they are thankful for being exposed to millions and got (meagerly) paid too (they get $1000/week; in comparison: host, judges get between $10M-$20M for each of them; who knows how big is the chunk for TPTB) Remember: without these contestants, there is no show. But they better shut up. The repercussion is huge.
    6. The goal of “All New” American Idol was to reverse the downward trend. How? Courting the viewers from the South. How? The winner has to be from the South.
    7. Eliminate all 5 female contestants (they all are NOT from the South)
    8. Then Paul, Stefano, Casey, Jacob, James, Haley.
    9. Lauren & Scotty: in the final.
    1st & 2nd from the South. Double whammy. Rating soaring (majority of viewers (South) love it). Trend reversed (even without Simon, wow). Goal achieved. Huge success. $$$ pouring in. ‘Long live American $dol (& N$gel)’!

  • Tess

    No Conspiracy in American Idol? Really?

    If I thought the show was scripted to this extent I wouldn’t even bother watching it…might as well turn on professional wrestling…the outcome might be a little less predictable. And…other than some large metropolitan northern areas isn’t the bulk of the US population in the South like about a third (100 million), with the west, northeast and midwest each having about 50 million….or did I just make that up.

  • smart141voter

    The show itself is particularly popular in the Southern United States…..

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Idol