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The Truth About the American Idol Finale

I have something to admit. Over the past week I became completely disinterested in the season finale of “American Idol.” I’m not sure if it was the lack of talent present within this season’s singers or if it was the lackluster performers left at this late stage in the competition. The two contestants left in the competition took the stage last night in what was an example of David and Goliath. David is represented by Krystal Bowersox. Undoubtedly one of the most talented performers the show had ever featured, her shortcomings are in her style. She is everything that “American Idol” isn’t. While Idol tries to craft pop stars, Bowersox looks to have her dreams locked on becoming a traditional feminist singer songwriter. There is nothing wrong with this goal, but let’s face it. This isn’t what we want out of our “American Idol.” On the other side of the stage is Lee Dewyze. As the early season underdog, Dewyze took the criticism early on from the judges and has now crafted himself into a dynamic singer in the style of Daughtry and David Cook before him. Last night, instead of watching the season finale I was locked in on a baseball game and looking back, I wouldn’t have watched Idol even if I had the chance. Either way, both of these artists will likely shine in their respective fields but what has changed for Fox is the lack of exitement towards the end of the competition. As we have seen from Daughtry and Adam Lambert, winning the competition does not reflect the amount of sucess you will see as an artist. With the season finale of “American Idol” tonight, we are likely seeing the end of an era in television. With “Lost,” “24″ and “Law and Order” already gone ADOBE AFTER EFFECTS CS6 for the fall season, “American Idol” will be back missing it’s centerpiece. Simon Cowell’s departure from Idol will likely spell the end for this once pop-defining show. So go ahead, watch tonight. Bask in the fact that over the better part of the last decade, Idol has given us stars like Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Daughtry, Adam Lambert, Kris Allen, David Cook and Jordin Sparks. Don’t look to the future because it won’t do anything but make you sad. Instead, let’s remember what Idol did for pop music and how many great careers it helped launch.

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