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"Idol" Pips Out "Iron Man"

5/21/2008 3:18 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

George Michael is performing on tonight's "Idol" finale, but he ain't "the biggest star in the world" that Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe has been touting -- our spies tell us, it's "Iron Man" Robert Downey Jr.

TMZ moles say the finale will include a virtual hologram of Gladys Knight singing "Midnight Train to Georgia" with Ben Stiller, Jack Black and Downey Jr. singing backup as the Pips. Holy Nat King Cole! "Idol" did this last season when Celine Dion sang along side a virtual undead Elvis. For the record, Gladys Knight is still alive.

We're told the Jonas Brothers, ZZ Top, Seal, Bryan Adams, One Republic, Jordin Sparks and Carrie Underwood will also perform before David Archuleta (or possibly maybe, but not likely, Cook) is crowned the winner.

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molly    

WELL, AMERICA VOTED AND GOT IT RIGHT THIS TIME.... DAVID A IS TOOOOOOOO YOUNG TO DEAL WITH THE PRESSURES OF BEING IN THE INDUSTRY AS A PROFESSIONAL, WHILE DAVID COOK HADTHE POTENTIAL ALL THROUGH THE CONTEST.... HE WAS NEVER BORING, HE CHANGED HIS WAY OF SINGING SONGS, HE IS A STAR....

2253 days ago
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KristanSTL    

Shows how much TMZ knows, look who won last night...DAVID COOK! I knew he would win from his first audition, you cant deny an amazing artist when you see and hear one! David A is okay, but boring he should go work for Disney! All of you haters who say DC shouldnt have won obviously dont pay attention to who is the better artist. DA sang better on the finale, but overall DC rocked the house! I am so happy he won and we are from the same state, so that makes it even better!!! ROCK ON!

2253 days ago
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SM    

Looks like TMZ got this one wrong!!! (maybe, possibly but not likely David Cook) LOL.

2249 days ago

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