It’s been a long, strange ninth season of American Idol, but with only two episodes remaining, it’s come down to the two most consistent, innovative finalists in the competition.
Will it be Lee DeWyze, the humble everyman who’s suddenly become the “chosen one” for Simon, Kara, and the two other people on the judges’ panel? Or will it be early front-runner Crystal Bowersox, the hippie chick who scored the unprecedented accomplishment of getting one of her self-penned ditties played for an audience of 20 million people? Perhaps more importantly, does it really matter which of these artists ends up taking a confetti shower at L.A.’s Nokia Theatre on Wednesday night? My cohosts Annie Barrett and Life.com’s Dawnie Walton joined me in Central Park to dish these topics, review how the Crystal-Lee finale came to be, and to bid a final adios to the guy who seemed more than happy to finish third. Plus, Idolatry reflects back at a particular indie flick that puts into perspective this much maligned season of Idol, and reaffirms our faith that it might have all been worthwhile. Press play below to check it out, then head down to the comments section to let us know what you think. And to get all my Idol news and commentary, follow me on Twitter @EWMichaelSlezak! If you’re having trouble watching videos in PopWatch, or you’re on an iPhone/iPad, head over to the Idolatry hub for Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.