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"American Idol" - Finale - May 20, 2009
Ryan tells us a record of nearly 100 million votes came in.
As Ryan intros the judges we get video packages of each of them with montages of their tics: Randy "for me for you," Kara "sweetie," Paula stumbling over words, Simon asking "what?" "pardon?" "sorry?"
He intros Kris and Adam who are both rocking all-white ensembles.
We get shots of each of their hometowns with former "Idols" as hosts, Mikalah Gordon in Conway, AR and Carly Smithson in San Diego, CA
Performance: The Top 13 do a version of "So What" by Pink. It's a typical group sing train wreck with horrible choreography but it's nice to see Alexis and Jorge.
Performance: David Cook, "Permanent." It starts out as a piano ballad and blossoms into a power ballad. Good vocal, great song. Afterward Cook and Ryan chat about his late brother, how this song will be available to benefit his cancer charity, and how Cook thinks with Adam and Kris as choices America can't get this wrong.
Ugh, the show is ...