May 25/26 - The Final
Tomorrow, "A Moment Like This" will occur for either
Diana DeGarmo or Fantasia Barrino, where one will shout
that "This Is the Night" and start "Flying Without
But first, they must
survive the public vote tonight, as we go live to Kodak
Theatre for the finale... of "American Idol"! And
helping me out tonight, another good friend of the site,
Tom Heald. Yay, Tom.
But first, here are our
two she-devils of pop music, complete with C2 logo. Mmm....
C2. Sounds explosive. Anyway, if you remember last
week's loser Jasmine flipped a coin, and as a result,
Fantasia is going to let Diana set it offfff. Each Idol
gets two songs of their choosing and the single written
by... Tamyra Gray (whose CD just dropped today. I had to
look for mine amongst the stacks. Anyway...). We go from
Snellville to Hawaii to LA. Why she went all the way to
Hawaii, I don't know, but that's not important right
now. Right now, she's singing the single, "I Believe",
written for this show by Tamyra. Diana is off it first,
wtih gospel choir in tow. She's flat at first, but once
she hits the hook, it's not bad. Then it goes into the
gospel according to Hilary Duff again. Annoying, but
less so than previous round. She definitely feels the
performance, but it looks like she's trying to convince
the crowd of that. That's going to cost her in the end.
And speaking of the end,
NO MORE WARBLING! That is law from now on, missy.
And she channels Charo.
Randy: You know what? I was talking about
something to someone named Cowell, and I mentioned how
hard it was to sing all those big songs. But you know
what? You worked it out tonight, dude. Very good.
Paula: I gotta tell you. I feel like a proud
parent watching little Diana growing into adult Diana.
You've lifted everyone's spirit, and you made that song
Simon: You sang it really really well. My only
problem is that you're singing about 100,000 dreams, and
you've climbed mountains and you've swam lakes. You're
only 16! My only slight problem.
And Simon, I checked.
Yes there are mountains in Georgia. You stupid, stupid
Next, Fantasia journeys
from High Point to Atlanta to Hollywood via Riskyville
(every competition needs a Fantasia, Simon says), where
she's singing "All My Life". And it amazingly sounds, as
Tom Heald put it, like Burt Bacharach. Give her an A for
effort and the arrangement an F minus minus (bonus
points to anyone who can tell me where that came).
Still, you sing a rocky arrangement, you get rocky
results. And that's real, no matter how many trills you
dress it up with.
Randy: I love that song. I did not like that
musical arrangement. But you still made something out of
it, because it was kinda lackluster. You still retained
Paula: This is where you stand out as a
performer, because you take a mediocre arrangement, grab
the audience in a chokehold, and you say "Listen up!"
Simon: I think you're very lucky that you're
singing more than one song this evening, because I
honestly thought it was a complete mess.
But it was an organized mess at least. Give this one to
Diana. And speaking of which, she's chosen "No More
Tears" for round 2. And there's "C'mon, y'all!". It's an
infectious and loud as before. I can see where she made
some improvements, but at the same time, I can see where
she's fouling up where she doesn't need to foul up. But
she's a showwoman, at least. If you don't have that,
what do you have?
Randy: You really came to win this tonight! You
sang your face off.
Simon: You sang it really well. I thought the
dancing was hideous, but I agree with Randy. You've come
She has. And we have a note from Tom here... "Diana, lay
off the body glitter ... When it sparkles on your chin
it looks like you need the Venus razor." *watches back*
That... is scary. Next up, Fantasia wows us with
"Summertime." One of her better performances last time
out. And she fails to disappoint this time. Superbly
Randy: The show just began. Fantasia's back.
That's like the master class of singing!
Paula: You've showed another talent of a true
audience by commanding the audience.
Simon: This show is seen in over 30 countries
around the world. We've had with repeats about 70
winners. You are, without doubt, the best contestant
we've had in any competition.
Randy: I agree.
Me, too. I see big things. Even, you know, if she
doesn't win. Fantasia gets this round. Diana steps out
with "Don't Cry Out Loud". Tom's view: "An awful song.
not improved upon by Di. Pitchy.... on the final show,
and during her performance, Diana cried out loud. Think
about all the songs you've heard tonight, does Diana
deserve your vote? Hell no."
Wow. Have to echo that
sentiment. Heard it better last week. Judges?
Randy: A little weak in the beginning. Somewhere
in the middle of that song, you fell apart. Something
happened. I don't know what.
Paula: Must be surreal. It just... something
happened. The melody changed. You're still wonderful.
Simon: When you do something earlier in the
competition brilliantly, keep it at that, because the
last time you sang that song, it was sensational. My
feeling is that you had one last chance to nail this
competition... and I don't think you did.
Agreed. No A game... One more song here, and it's
Fantasia with "I Believe". I think Tamyra had Fantasia
in mind when she wrote this, because she's owning it
more so than Diana did. The only concern I have is that
she's over-churching it. Nothing against her, but I
think she's taking the choir in the background to task.
And she had to reach for that one note before hitting
it. But yeah, you believe. And I believe as well. I
believe that you've just sealed Diana's fate...
Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant!
Paula: The stage is yours! It's your night, my
Simon: Fantasia, that was your acceptance speech.
It's not set in stone.
She has to get the votes. And you know, after the first
round, I was thinking that maybe Diana would've sealed
it with the whole chaos, but I think that the last two
performances blew it out of the water. I honestly do.
Paul Anka sends us out with his own spin on "My Way".
All three (yes, even Simon) give him a standing O. Now.
Time to break it down. We've had ups and downs from both
performers. Fantasia has been nothing short of amazingly
consistent, going from strength to strength. Diana rose
from nothing to become a polished performer, but it fell
apart tonight where she needed it the most. And remember
Simon's words from season 1: "You are only as good as
your last performance." That said... it's time to go
around the horn to whoever's online...
That's only what we
think. Remember, you control the outcome. You have three
lines for each Idol and a text message vote. And you
have four hours. There is NO excuse. NONE! We'll see who
America idolizes next in 24 hours. Had a blast this
year. Can't wait for Idol 4. Take us out, Pepper.
The results show...