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American Idol Episode: "American Idol"

Season 6, Episode 40
Episode Synopsis: The two finalists perform at Hollywood's Kodak Theatre in the sixth season's penultimate episode.
Original Air Date: May 22, 2007

May 22, 2007: Finally, Finale Eve Season 6, Episode 40

Woo-hoo! The final countdown is here. We've been together since January, and I feel like I know each and every one of you. OK, maybe that's a bit over the top, but it has been an interesting ride, wouldn't you agree? This was a fairly entertaining show. Both Blake and Jordin really went for broke. It will just come down to who the American public will choose when they vote. These are two very different types of contestants, and that makes it difficult to predict the winner. Blake has his "Blaker Girls" and his beatboxing and his ability to make even out-of-date songs seem contemporary and hip. Jordin can make anything sound good with her huge, beautiful voice. Do you go for entertainment value or singing ability? It's a tough call and could prove to be one of the closest contests yet. Simon looked very nice tonight. Too bad he doesn't wear a jacket more often, it was quite becoming! On with the show: Blake wore not one, but two different argyle jumpers (that's British for pullover sweaters). His first song choice, Bon Jovi's "You Give Love a Bad Name" was perhaps his best performance of the entire contest. He opened the show really well and was entertaining and exciting. He really pulled out all the beatboxing stops, and it was even better than the first time he performed the song. Next up for Blake was "She Will Be Loved" by his heroes, Maroon 5. I love this song (though I didn't know it was M5's) and this may have swayed me somewhat. However, in the infamous words of our spangly-jacket-wearing Randy, "It was just OK for me." Since Blake had really blown it out the house with the Bon Jovi song, it was going to be hard for him to rise back to that level. Finally, Blake brought us his version of the songwriting contest's winning song, "This Is My Now." I'm not sure from the sound of it what that title means, however, it was a cheesy song and as Simon said, "not the kind of song [Blake] would normally sing." I think this might have hurt him. He needed a totally different ending, something more akin to the first performance or some of the other show-stoppers he's performed along the way. Incidentally, the song was written by two guys, Jeff Peabody and Scott Krippayne (who reminded me of HRG from Heroes), both of whom looked more like staff writers on a sitcom than songwriters. But rah for them: You know that song is going to be sung on every Idol tour date this summer. Jordin took on Xtina and I had to give her kudos. She chose "Fighter," one of my favorite Christina Aguilera songs. Not only is this a tough song to sing, but no one should take Xtina on without really committing. That being said, Jordin did an excellent job (though I'm partial to the original). Then she brought back her fantastic rendition of Martina McBride's "A Broken Wing" and it will now be known as Jordin Sparks' "A Broken Wing" - she outdid Martina. This was her best performance of the night. She nailed it. Finally she also sang the new Idol song, "This Is My Now." (Could they only pick one song out of the thousands sent in?) But unlike it being a problem for Blake, this was a perfect song for Jordin. It was anthemic and highly emotional; she even ended up getting a little verklempt at the end. Remember, this is an awful lot for a 17-year-old to handle, and Jordin has done it with grace and poise. Simon admitted that he was wrong last week and that tonight Jordin, "wiped the floor with Blake." Once again, my British friend, we agree. Anyhow, without further ado: Jordin's slated for the big win. That's my story and I'm sticking to it! Jordin is my pick. After all, it is a singing competition. Chris Daughtry closed the show singing his hit, "Home." I love this song. We're all winners here. Chris got kicked off early on last year and look at him now. The lyrics, "Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it all," were very telling, however, as he's been trying to distance himself from Idol. So for further excitement, I'll be on the red carpet for the finale chatting up Idols both present and past. Any burning questions you're dying to ask them, ask now, or forever hold your peace. I'll pick the best ones and let you know the Idols' answers here tomorrow. Meanwhile, check out the Idols on our Online Video Guide. show less
Woo-hoo! The final countdown is here. We've been together since January, and I feel like I know each and every one of you. OK, maybe that's a bit over the top, but it has been an interesting ride, wouldn't you agree? This was a fairly entertaining show. Both Blake and Jordin really went for broke. It will just come down to who the American public will choose when they vote. These are two very different types of contestants, and that makes it difficult to predict the winner. Blake has his “Blaker Girls” and his beatboxing and his ability to make even out-of-date songs seem contemporary and hip. Jordin can make anything sound good with her huge, beautiful voice. Do you go for entertainment value or singing ability? It’s a tough call and could prove to be one of the closest contests yet. Simon looked very nice tonight. Too bad he doesn’t wear a jacket more often, it was quite becoming!On with the show: Blake wore not one, but two different argyle jumpers (that’... read more

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