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Is Finally Over!

5/24/2007 2:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

With performances by Gladys Knight, Smokey Robinson and BeBe and CeCe Winans, last night Jordin Sparks was crowned the latest "American Idol" on what seemed more like a "Solid Gold" rerun than the finale of the most watched show on television! Nothing says 2007 like ... Bette Midler?!

American Idol Finale
TMZ has the rundown on last night's eight-hour live broadcast:

The finale rambled on longer than a Paula Abdul interview! Something's broken on Paula -- and it ain't her nose!

The "Golden Idol Awards" -- Um ... No! Making fun of an infantile overweight woman dressed like Big Bird and two peculiarly challenged young men does nothing for "Idol's" industry cred ... who knew minstrel shows were making a primetime comeback? Why do producers want to add a crappy awards show to a crappy award show?

Gladys Knight -- She's gotten rid of the Pips -- and all facial expression! Thankfully, the only thing Botox didn't kill was her voice. Girlfriend needs an eyelash/weave wrangler.

Smokey Robinson
-- When did he become "Whisperin' Smokey Robinson?" At least one wide-eyed Jurassic crooner knows what notes he can still hit.

Doug E. Fresh
-- Thank you, "Idol," for transporting us all the way into ... 1985! *pah-chunk foomph-a-foomph*

Tony Bennett
-- Nobody hit the money note last night better than Tony -- who's 80!

Sanjaya/Joe Perry
-- Enough about Sanjy's hair. What the f**k was going on with Joe Perry's ratty bird's nest weave?! You Really Got Me!

Clive Davis -- Since he won't trash Clarkson in public, he'll just rave about Carrie Underwood (aka the un-Kelly) like she cured cancer. And can someone remind him Clay Aiken did NOT win "Idol" -- Ruben Studdard did! Poor Rube! While he pointed out everyone from Chris Daughtry to Jennifer Hudson (what no Carmen Rasmussen?!), Clive forgot to mention the Velvet Teddy Bear himself.

Kelly Clarkson -- "Idol's" prodigal daughter comes home. Love her or hate her (Clive!) she knows how to transform a poetry slam into an "Idol" performance. Metalicious! By the way, how much must it suck when your album sells 10 million copies (more than Saint Carrie), you win 2 Grammys and your songwriting ability is honored by ASCAP -- yet your label Prez still shelves your new album because it isn't "pop" enough?! Was Kat McPhee's non-selling album pop enough for ya, Clive?

Carrie Underwood
-- Country Barbie could get a DUI and flash her hay and she'd still be "Idol's" Patron Saint. The twangy gal can do no wrong ... except when it comes to Beatles songs!

Melinda Doolittle/BeBe and CeCe Winans
-- Hallelujah! Sometimes when you lose, you really win.

Green Day -- Through the magic of television, we were transported out of the Kodak Theater to the regular "Idol" stage and back -- in just under four minutes! How'd they do that?!

Bette Midler
-- Where was Kermie?! Somebody knocked out the wind beneath her wings! Que paso?! The only thing worse than the not-so Divine Miss M's Vegas-bound performance was the rubber S&M bathmat she transmogrified into a skirt! Ya gotta have friends!

Beatles Songs -- Michael Jackson might want to reconsider the worth of the catalog; it was seriously devalued by last night's shrill salute, exemplified by Taylor Hicks' special needs rendition of "A Day in the Life."

Blake Lewis -- Was there ... we think.

Jordin Sparks -- She should sing next to Ruben more often -- she suddenly became a size 2! Oh, by the way, nice how they tossed in at the end that Jordin won. Goodnight everybody!

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WAS MY TIVO off, or did they call out Jordans name and go right to the news?


2718 days ago


If it wasnt for this show and the people that sang last night TMZ would have nothing to talk about. Repsect the Legends!!

2718 days ago

Inspector Gadget    

San-gina's performace wsa down right cringe worthy - how could you not feel embarressed for him, not to Joe Perry.

I like Jordins raw emotion though, that made for good TV

Disclaimer - Not an Idol fan in the least, first episode I have watched all year

2718 days ago


Speaking about botox, plastic surgery...Smokey Robinson face is wrapped so tight, that if the poor guy sneezed, it would crack his face! How old is he now? close to being 90? , and yet he seems to look like a wax figurine of himself, that you would find in Madam Tussards wax museum! He can't even BLINK! Anyone else notice that??

These are the BEST that Idol could come up with? Washed up singers of yester-year? Some of them haven't have hits since 1964. And even then, they had made what a total of 3 hit songs to their repertoire?

This two hour idol finale (ok, minus the 45 minutes in commercials), was very hard to sit through. I was embarrassed mostly for Bette Midler, who was pitchy and in the words of SIMON was simply horrid..., and the last 2 minutes of the show, they tell us who the winner was....then she gets to sing, and then it's all cut..........

Next year, they should open the show with announcing the winner, and the two hours (minus the 45 minutes of commercials for Ford and Coke, and AT&T) should be a celebration.....that way, if we all want to simply know who the winner is, we don't have to sit through another grueling 2 hours (minus the 45 minutes of commercials) of being embarrassed to watch some washed up singer trying to resurrect a career, that died a slow death, years ago!

2718 days ago


The "awards' given to two mentally challenged men were insulting, to say the least.

2718 days ago


Kelly Clarkson was the highlight of the finale. It was waaaay too long. This year was not the greatest but I do think the best singer won.

2718 days ago

sally mai    

I hate this show's too overrated and Paula and Randy should get off bc they dont do add anything to the show..............Ryan is too short...........but very handsome

2717 days ago


What a waste of time! BORING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2717 days ago

C Ya    

No quit watching when the Sanjya dude didnt get kicked off. That is when I knew this years was a JOKE!

2717 days ago


Vapid fad TV that I have never watched except for what I have seen since its constantly been in the news.

If it was in to watch dogs fart, people would. People need to stop watching this reality garbage.

2717 days ago






2717 days ago

Milf Biggenson    

Ah TMZ writers, is there anything they don't know? It appears not. Beat Boxing may be "whatever" but I have not heard anyone who can beat Blake Lewis. I can't believe his skills. He's a very decent pop vocalist with some unique traits brought to the table I'll take him over Justin Timberlake in a millisecond.

Melinda was excellent as always. I felt bad as that should have been her night. Haley was sweet- looking YOWZA!. Jordin really did pull it off though. I gained a lot of respect for her over the last week and finally believe she has a rightful place as an Idol. Melinda will still be my first pick though. Melinda at the very least should have won an honorary "The best singer on American Idol ever" award. She may not have the vocal stylings of a young Whitney or Mariah, but she could stand shoulder to shoulder with them. It was great to see all of the people back on stage. Ruben really nailed it, Kelly was actually cool, Carrie was hot and Bette Midler can issue a formal apology to the audience anytime now.

2717 days ago


It looked like some kind of OLDIES SHOW.

Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight, Bette Midler & Tony Bennet?

They must be DEMO-ING the Over 60's crowd...

2717 days ago


Not a show I watch much until I saw Sanjaya. He was cute and "different." The others are a dime a dozen.

2717 days ago


Was it just me or was Green Day's performance lost on that vapid crowd? I think the version of "Working Class Hero" was fantastic, and for a truly great cause. It just seemed like the crowd was lost on it though. Sorry it's not a pretty know like Jessica Simpson fixing kids teeth or anything, but it's real and it's serious.

BTW...NOT an Idol Fan...I turned it on just to see Green Day's performance. Bette was terrible. In fact, I was totally unimpressed by everyone who "performed" with the exception of Kelly Clarkson, who sounded great. Damn, I miss '24' already if I am watching this craptastic stuff.

2717 days ago
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