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'Idol'

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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46.

What's wrong with her face in this picture?    

I usually love Bette Midler's voice and I don't mean to be cruel, but what as with her voice last evening?

Congrats Jordin! How exciting for a 17 year old to have her life changed so quickly. She seems like a very mature and sweet young lady and I wish her only the best.

Blake is very talented and will probably do better without the restrictions of the AI label. ;) Best of luck~ :)

2627 days ago
47.

YO    

For you out there putting out the comments about "retro", the "over 50" "over 60" crowd, I CAN'T WAIT UNTIL YOUR ALL OLDER! You immature brats suck! And you wouldn't know what a talent is if it ran over you! AI will be on a long time so you better go to Nickelodeon or something... maybe you can find a kiddy show to get your entertainment from... you know like that one that sprays some green gunk over celebrities, the likes of Justin Timberlake! Ugh !

2627 days ago
48.

Es    

Did anyone else hear something like "Doing crack can be your friend" in the Melinda Doolittle song? Not being a jerk, I just could have sworn that's what I heard!

Also, did anyone else notice that Sanjaya went throug puberty during the weeks he got kicked off? Kind of weird.

I actually loved the guests, especially Smokey Robinson and Bette Midler. And I love that they did Time After Time even if it was in a horrible corn ball video that was all of 30 seconds long.

PS Green Day is all grown up, that is too scary!!!

2627 days ago
49.

Owls are Cool    

The show truely is cruel. We should not watch it, but we do b/c we are freaks like the Roman spectators of yester-year.

Also, why does everyone trash Taylor Hicks? I think he's very entertaining and has a nice blues voice. A.I. did not support him or Ruben one iota!

Also, no one has mentioned that one former winner was absent last night... uh? Fantasia ring a bell? Of course, I did not particularly mind she was not there, but odd huh?

Geez Bette really did stink last night. She was awful. Please let it have been that her ear pieces were screwed up.

And what do you mean that Clive can't stand Kelly? She gets WAAAY more press and A.I. support than most (except Carrie of course). As I said before, they dropped Taylor on his behind. I was surprised they actually had him last night. Chris Daughtry had their push for a good, decent catchy radio single.

2627 days ago
50.

rich randall    

the only good thing about the show was Kelly Clarkson and Melinda.None of the idols or any of the other performers come close to Kelly she is the true american idol! They should have Kelly sing all of Carrie Underwoods songs.

2627 days ago
51.

will    

I had my TIVO set for 2 additional minutes and still didn't hear who won.

2627 days ago
52.

Ava    

The finale was a major bore.. The performances were boring, the song choices were boring, The recycled seasons guest performers were just as boring the second time around.(except for Tony) Kellys performance will do nothing to improve cd sales for her horrible stab at rock..Know your niche Kelly Clive was right.. stick to the music that made you rich and famous or become a very young has-been like Britney. The winner was not the best singer with zero stage presense. ( Belinda was totally robbed) Maybe after her make over,and some performance training she'll do ok, but not likely to be less boring.Certainly not my idea of an American idol. Finally, after all the build up and anticipation for the "mystery" mega star.................did I miss that performance?? Bettes performance was so bad it was embarrassing. I wouldn't look for sold out venues in Vegas if she was giving a preview. AI needs a major revamping starting with new rules for the voting process which has produced the wrong winner since season one..(perhaps a 1 vote per line limit) As far as Paula goes why are the producers enabling her by looking the other way while she suffers from a serious substance abuse problem. She needs help.

2627 days ago
53.

NAN    

WOULD U PEOPLE WHO DO NOT LIKE IDOL...GO POST YOUR COMMENTS SOMEWHERE ELSE AND STOP WATCHING THE SHOW SO WE WONT HAVE TO PUT UP WITH ALL OF U?.........NOW MARCH........GO ON......... GET.......WONDERFUL FINALE LAST NIGHT..SO GOOD TO HEAR THE BEATLES SONGS SUNG BYE SOMEONE ELSE...ALL DID A GREAT JOB...WE SHOULD HAVE MORE VARIETY SHOWS LIKE THIS ONE...COME ON IDOL U HAVE ENOUGH LEFTOVERS THAT ARE GREAT...WHY WASNT BUCKY COVINGTON MENTIONED???HE HAS A #I HIT...WOULD LIKE TO HAVE SEEN ..JULIAN OR SEAN LENNON ON THE SHOW....AI....GREAT SHOW....6 STARS

2627 days ago
54.

Kama    

The sound department/person needs to be replaced before next season. All the problems people saw last night with mics, etc. has been happening for the entire season. You would think IDOLS budget would allow them to obtain the best in the business. As many mistakes made by the person(s) running the sound really hurt the quality of the show and really made many of the singers, including most of the guest singers, etc., sound really bad. It almost seemed as thought they never had a sound check. I would think this alone would be enough to say goodbye to the sound person(s).

And I agree, Bette Midler was the worst I have ever heard. I can't believe she has made her millions singing, if that's her true voice. (But again...she couldn't hear herself and that was probably because of the sound team screwing up AGAIN!) Maybe feeling the wrath of someone as "famous" will help IDOL make up their mind to get rid of whoever was running sound.

But we all also know that some of the most famous singers in the world sound horrid in concert. That's why most of the Idol winners always get props when you see them live. A friend of ours saw Chris Daughtery and couldn't believe the quality of his voice. Unbelievable he said.

2627 days ago
55.

Davidg    

I agree the awards were a terrible idea. It was just a downright mean thing to do.
It did appear to backfire though. The bird lady took over the stage and the two well challenged boys showed grace and class.

2627 days ago
56.

Me    

It will be interesting to see if there are any changes next year when the judges begin the auditions. They may be paying MUCH closer attention to each contestant after this year's debacle.

About last night: Glad Jordin won. Someone tell Idol that beatboxing isn't umm..."hep" anymore. Tony Bennett was just awesome! Smokey was okay, but OMG the guys...they were doowopping? To me it just sounded like they were "bad harmonizing." Just awful. And Bette? She was just realllllllly not good last night. Randy would have said she was pitchy, Simon would have said didn't have the vocal chops to win Idol, and Paula would have loved her.

On to next season.

2627 days ago
57.

Carol    

"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?! "

Clive giveth, Clive taketh away. Let's see how Queen Kelly does without RCA paying for radioplay and buying the Grammys.

2627 days ago
58.

Barb    

How did Bette Midler ever get that gig in Vegas!!!!!!!!!

2627 days ago
59.

cames    

I thought the show was great! I particularly enjoyed Tony Bennett, Bette Midler, Cece, her brother and Melinda and Sanjay too!! Jordin and Blake are very talented and either one would have been a winner.Congrats Jordin!! You deserve it! Can't wait til next season.

2627 days ago
60.

hh    

you forgot about gwen stefani. i guess that would ruin your theory, though.

2627 days ago
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