And the Next American Idol Is…

Idol crowns a new winner as Simon Cowell says goodbye.

And the Next American Idol Is…

Idol has a new winner as Simon Cowell says goodbye.

-Kathryn H. Cusimano

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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:

What did you think of last night’s Idol finale? Who were you rooting for? (People, TMZ)

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0 thoughts on “And the Next American Idol Is…

  1. mothermeryl says:

    Crystal was robbed!!

  2. lemoned says:

    Crystal was my fave, too, but it’s probably better for her to lose. I could be wrong, but I don’t think the runner-up is locked into the same strict contract the winner has to sign.

  3. uptowngirl says:

    Bret Michaels looks great!

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