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American Idol Episode: "Winner Announced"

Season 10, Episode 39
Episode Synopsis: The winning singer is named in the conclusion of the Season 10 finale, which features a reunion of the Top 13. Performers include Judas Priest; Gladys Knight; Jack Black; Beyoncé; Tony Bennett; Lil Jon and TLC; Tim McGraw; Lady Gaga; Bono and the Edge; and Carrie Underwood.
Original Air Date: May 25, 2011
Guest Cast Kirk Franklin Bono Lady Gaga The Edge Jack Black Judas Priest Reeve Carney Tony Bennett Sheila E. Marc Anthony Beyoncé Lil Jon Gladys Knight Tom Jones TLC Tim McGraw

American Idol Episode Recap: We Have a Winner! Season 10, Episode 39

After an American Idol season that was at times shockingly unpredictable and at other times maddeningly obvious, the (more than 122 million) votes are in: We have a new champion. But the overstuffed finale, of course, offered up a number of musical distractions before the first bit of confetti rained down inside the Nokia Theatre.

Beyonce! Gaga! Spider-Man! Jack Black?  Rather than break down the whole night, we humbly offer our favorite moments (some of which were the "trainwreck bad" kind of good) from the night's festivities:

James Durbin and Judas Priest, "Living After Midnight" and "Breaking the Law"
James wanted America to give metal a chance, and tonight more than ever, he put metal right in their face. Though, to be fair, James outfit was a little bit more Village People than he probably would have hoped. I'm sure this wasn't everyone's cup of tea, but the pairing made a lot of sense.  For James, I'm sure that moment ranks a close second to being in Hulk Hogan's presence.

Idol mocks Randy Jackson
We all know that Randy leans way to heavily on his "in it to win it" crutch, so the show decided to make fun of it with a ridiculous montage. The bad part: Randy won't stop saying it.

Jacob Lusk, Kirk Franklin and Gladys Knight, "I Smile"
Much love to Gladys Knight, but she should have caught the "Midnight Train to Georgia" and left Jacob in the dust. When the chyron began flashing ways to donate to disaster relief, I was quite certain the show was referring to Mr. Lusk's vocals as the disaster.

Casey Abrams and Jack Black, "Fat-Bottomed Girls"
Casey told us earlier this season his dream duet would be with jazz legend Oscar Peterson ... who's dead. But is Jack Black really the closest the producers could come to fulfilling Casey's dream? The scatting battle wasn't bad, but everyone be sure to go see Kung Fu Panda 2!

The Female Finalists Become Beyonce's Backup Singers
Although Ashthon, Karen, Thia, Naima, Pia and Haley could have sustained their medley on their own (the same could not be said for the guys, whose performance was also decidedly less leggy), there was absolutely no way any of them could hold a candle to Beyonce when she hit the stage for "Crazy in Love." B's later solo performance was also masterful, though I can't imagine a world in which she has to beg someone to have sex with her.

Scotty McCreery and Tim McGraw, "Live Like You Were Dying"
Dang! Here I was thinking Scotty was definitely going to get in on the TLC/Lil' Jon number instead.

Jennifer Lopez Becomes Marc Anthony's Backup Dancer
J. Lo looked pretty shaking her groove thing, though I wonder if she got jealous with all the attention Marc gave to to Sheila E. Also, Ryan had to make it pervy: "Now we know what they do at home," he said.

Bono, The Edge and Reeve Carney, "Rise Above"
Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark wasn't just satisfied being the most expensive musical ever. They really wanted to try to injure/kill someone on live TV! Having seen a version of the musical before the retooling, I can say without a doubt that Bono's verses added nothing to the song. But, hey, he's Bono!

Steven Tyler, "Dream On"
Yes, the man is 63. And yes, he still nailed that high note. Suck it, Danny Gokey.

And the Winner Is...
Despite the sympathy votes and an overall better night of performances on Tuesday, Lauren Alaina came short of knocking of "Scotty the Body."(More details on his win are here.) Scotty's win was far from shocking, but I do think he will at least sell records, which is more than I can say for the last few Idol winners.  (I still love you, Kris Allen!)

What were your favorite moments from the finale? Are you happy with America's choice?

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After an American Idol season that was at times shockingly unpredictable and at other times maddeningly obvious, the (more than 122 million) votes are in: We have a new champion. But the overstuffed finale, of course, offered up a number of musical distractions before the first bit of confetti rained down inside the Nokia Theatre.

Beyonce! Gaga! Spider-Man! Jack Black?  Rather than break down the whole night, we humbly offer our favorite moments... read more

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