AMERICAN IDOL season finale was filled with special guest stars and stellar performances. It was clearly the best show of the year and finally entertaining enough to not hit the fast forward button on my remote.
Guest artists included legendary singers Aretha Franklin and Frankie Valli, followed by Psy, Emeli Sandé, Jesse J, Idol fan favorites; Jordan Sparks, Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Hicks, Bo Bice, Kim Locke and Adam Lambert. Even past judge Jennifer Lopez showed up with a rocking performance with Pit Bull. Mariah Carey also performed a medley of her hit songs, but looked as though she could not move with the white wedding dress glued to the stage.
There were funny skits to keep it light which included the guys screaming SABOTAGE! The ladies did pick them off one-by-one so that was fitting. Jordan Sparks added a funny line at the end, telling them not to worry….:”Idol rejects have found success on The Voice!”
Well, in the end Abercrombe & Fitch may have not liked that the thin chicks were not in the running for the crown. Good for the American fans choosing the “curves” over the thin supermodel types. It came down to Kree Harrison and Candice Glover who ran away with the prize. Can I just point out….she was my early prediction! The voter’s absolutely got it right and for the first time in six years a female contestant sealed the deal.
Candice Glover proved a point….never give up. While she tried out multiple times, three was definitely the charm. I was happy to see her win because there is not doubt…she earned it. Kree was great, but Candice was outstanding.
Several performances stood out, but my favorites were the collaboration of Jesse J along side Amber Holcomb, Jennifer Hudson belting it out with Candice Glover and the always exciting Psy. It was also great to see Aretha Franklin via satellite, but she looked a bit unhealthy.
It looks like Randy Jackson is finally leaving, which is not really a huge deal. His “dog” and “In it to win it“ repeats were getting old and pointless. But I was really hoping more for a complete makeover and definitely Nicki Minaj packing her bags….but some wishes just don’t come to fruition.
Idol is coming back next season, let’s just hope it is better than season 12.