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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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76.

I'd bang Britney but I wouldn't touch the FIRECROTCH    

My favorite part of the show was seeing haley and her 2 beautiful breasts back on stage. Mr. Hefner, please so us all a favor and get this girl in your magazine!!!

2607 days ago
77.

La. Nurse    

All good things come to an end. Johnny Carson, MASH, Seinfeld, the Sopranos, you name it, now American Idol. They have definitely filtered through all of the available talent in America, and now it is done, and all we're left with is Sanjaya, and fat women in yellow spandex . What the hell is that!! Even though the talent was poor this year, why the heck did they bring these "has beens" out of cryo-freeze to sing some old crap. If it is no longer a show about amature talent, then at least hire some current arists to fill in the time. From Baton Rouge, Brent-out.

2607 days ago
78.

JJ    

I AGREE!! JORDIN SPARKS SUCKS!!! SHE IS SO FAKE AND HAS NOOOOOO PERSONALITY!!!! BLAKE WASN'T THE BEST SINGER, BUT HE HAD EVERYTHING ELSE!!! HE WAS SUCH A GENTLEMAN TO HER WHEN HE WON THE TOSS TO SING 1ST OR 2ND AND HE POLITELY, ASKED HER WHAT SHE WANTED TO DO...WHAT A GENTLEMAN! JORDIN WON'T GO FAR...THIS YEAR DID SUCK..SANJIA WAS REALLY HORRIBLE AND TO MAKE US GO THROUGH THAT HORRIFIC PERFORMANCE, WAS EMBARASSING FOR THE SHOW!

2607 days ago
79.

idol what??    

What kind of a finale was that?? Bette couldn't hold a note, I was waiting for Simon to give his opinion!! Even Carrie had a few note problems. I didn't appreciate the 2 buddies being made fun of, but they seemed to be having a good time. I agree, AI wasn't as grasping as usual this season, but I like to watch. The whole finale seemed "wishy-washy", I was expecting something similar to last year, but it was worth watching Jordin win, I would have been happy with Blake also, he is such a gentleman, not a lot like him anymore. I would have liked to have had the winner announced a little sooner in the show, it did seem really rushed at the end.

2607 days ago
80.

artbychristine    

The disrespect shown by Clive Davis to anyone who isn't toeing his line is appalling. Even Carries seemed embarrased by the fuss and said/let's get back to the show!
Will not watch again next year. Someone should put gum on simon's face
WHOMP

2607 days ago
81.

Funny Idol bashers    

That was pretty sucky. I do think Jordin can sing, even though she had a few problems during the season. She seemed to grow from the beginning, which a lot didn't. They really didn't have tons of the best talent for the year. The show was a total joke though with only a few redeeming minutes out of that 2+ hours. Tony was good, Gladys showed moments, as did Smokey, but having these people on was ridiculous. Same for Gwen and Green Day, who cared? Why can't the show be about Idol and people from it, instead of singers who have nothing to do with the show. It's a total sell out. I enjoyed Carrie and Ruben again and felt those 2 and their performances were partly the highlights of the night. A lot of the show was just really bad, like the gyys medley, Bette, Kelly, most of the Beatles medley. This will probably be my last year because it just gets worse each year.

2607 days ago
82.

Lily    

Believe it or not I love AI. BUT when you have a 13 year old daughter who your trying to TEACH morals and to respect others. By Making fun of people on her favorite show does not help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!HELLO STICK WITH THE COMPETITION.

2607 days ago
83.

Joanie    

YOU PEOPLE ARE UNREAL. THE SHOW WAS GREAT, FUNNY, AND VERY ENTERTAINING, AND OUT OF THE TWO,JORDIN DESERVES THE WIN. SHE PUT SUCH FEELING IN THAT SONG. IT GOES TO SHOW YOU THE CRAP PEOPLE THINK IS GOOD ENTERTAINMENT. (BRITTANY, AND THE LIKES OF HER) JORDIN SINGS, SHE DOESN'T JUMP AROUND SCREAMING HER HEAD OFF WITH THE MUSIC DROWNING HER OUT, ....BLAKE IS A GOOD ENTERTAINER, BUT HE HAS NO SINGING VOICE. THE VOTERS HAVE SPOKEN( 75 MILLION) AT LEAST THEY KNOW REAL TALENT. SHE'S ALSO WHOLESOME, NOT TRASHY. I GUESS YOU BASHERS DON'T KNOW CLASSY ........I ALSO LOVE ALL THE ENTERTAINERS, THE "REAL" SINGERS, THAT'S WHY THEY ENDURED ALL THESE YEARS.....

2607 days ago
84.

White Rabbit    

OK, WTF is up with that picture with this story.

Just check out Sanjaya's pose. Numbskull standing around with arms outstretched just like Christ.

Could it be.... Sanjaya the Messiah?

God, what an annoying bastard!

2607 days ago
85.

videographer    

This is the first time I watched Idol and I hate it. It is everything I thought it was. Promoting talentless people like sanjaya makes me sick. Having the bush baby and his friend on the red carpet was disgusting. You don't have to have talent in america anymore. Won't waste my time again.

One more thing....

Sanjaya you are horrible. You can't act, you can't sing, you can't read que cards. Go away

2607 days ago
86.

BY . the number one Britney hater out there    

HEY AMERICAN IDOIL IS THE MOST STUPIED SHOW OUT THERE . PLUS THERE HOAST IS A LITTLE GAY BOY NAMED RYAN S. RYAN IS SO OVER RATE HE NEEDS TO GO I COULD HAVE MADE A BETTER HOST THEN HIM . THEY ALSO NEE3D TO GET RUDIE OF CRACK HEAD MS BITCH PAUL WHO IS SO LOP IN THE HEAD FELL ON HER DOG.

2607 days ago
87.

Natalie    

Hmmm...it's no wonder Clive mentioned Clay instead of Reuben - Clay has sold almost DOUBLE the number of albums that Reuben has sold. Clay should have been on the finale last night. he made the show last year, with his version of "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me". DUH, TMZ, why should Reuben have been mentioned in Clive's speech about successful ex-Idols, when he HASN'T been all that successful?

2607 days ago
88.

Natalie    

To poster #111, it's not sooo unbelievable that Paula could trip over her dog! I have a chihuahua, and she gets under my feet all the time. Yeah, Paula says and does a lot of stupid things, but people shouldn't assume that she's trying to hide something by saying she tripped on her dog. Give her a break. (No pun intended!) ; )

2607 days ago
89.

Much Gratitude Laura    

Well Said 49!!! Thank you American Idol for giving young talent a chance and entertaining America, In Such As Time As This (WAR).

2607 days ago
90.

aintgonletup    

american idol final episode was fantastic, a 17 year old idol is amazing, who would've thought her and ruben studard would sing so well together

2607 days ago
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