And the Next American Idol Is…
Idol has a new winner as Simon Cowell says goodbye.
-Kathryn H. Cusimano
And the newest winner of American Idol is… Lee DeWyze! DeWyze beat out the judges’ favorite Crystal Bowersox to take the top honor. Both contestants were powerhouse performers who didn’t shy away from playing their own instruments or choosing offbeat songs for their performances.
But the winning announcement wasn’t the only big moment on last night’s show. Last night we bid farewell to Idol’s resident meanie judge Simon Cowell, who is leaving the show to devote his time to a U.S. edition of his U.K. hit X-Factor.
Paula Abdul made a triumphant return to the show to pay tribute to Cowell, and Dane Cook also appeared and performed a song for Cowell based on some of the judge’s famous insults.
One last surprise: Bret Michaels performed with Idol’s third-place contestant Casey James! Just weeks after being hospitalized for a life-threatening brain hemorrhage, Michaels picked up a guitar to play “Every Rose Has Its Thorn.” Check out the video below: