American Idol 15, episode 23: The Finale, part 2

And there it is. The last ever episode of American Idol (it’ll be back in three to four years, don’t worry). And because of that, it’s more of a sendoff and less of an actual ‘season 15 finale’. Almost the entire length of the show is dedicated to everything that came before. Just three or so minutes are about the finalists, La’Porsha Renae and Trent Harmon.

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The President
President Obama opens the show with a video message, congratulating the show, but most of all telling people to vote. Not necessarily for contestants in a reality competition program, but if you’re doing that already, why not give voting the grown-up way a chance? After the President’s democratic message, episode 23 begins, with a choir of former Idol contestants (and some of them actual idols), all dressed in white. It’s got the grandeur of the Oscars.

Medley
However, as the show goes on, it’s looking more and more like a mashup of The Academy Awards and the Eurovision Song Contest. It’s balancing dangerously on the edge of a dignified evening of song and cheesiness. It’s a show that’s hard to sit through all the way, mainly because it’s just one medley after another. Kelly Clarkson (pre-taped, because she didn’t want to give birth on stage) does a Kelly Clarkson medley, there’s a tribute to David Bowie medley, a country medley, glamrock medley, medley medley medley. O, and guess who don’t participate? That’s right: La’Porsha and Trent.

Stick Dance
Judges Harry Connick Jr, Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban all have their own performances. Lopez sings her new single ‘Ain’t Your Mama’ with a choreography that seems to be heavily inspired by Conan O’Brien’s stick dance. The original jury is there, including Simon Cowell, Ryan Seacrest gets a gift (the American Idol logo), and then it’s on with the medleys again. Until about 4 minutes before the end.

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And the winner iiis…
Finally, after the whole deja vu act, it’s time to get to the results. Who wins this year’s Idol? A shockwave goes through the audience, and the judges, when Ryan announces iiit’s… Trent Harmon!
As I’ve mentioned yesterday, judging solely on episode 22, Trent deserved to win. He had the way better song (‘Falling’, which is the single now) and just sang beautifully all night long. I guess the people at home didn’t take the past weeks into account as well, however, comparing Trent to La’Porsha is just plain crazy. They couldn’t be more different from each other. He does give the credits to her, though: ‘I worked so hard, and she pushed me to do it’. It really was the battle of two giants. No one came close to them and it was the perfect finale. Congratulations to Trent, and La’Porsha has a big career ahead of her, of that I’m sure. And thankfully, she doesn’t have to work with that Borchetta character, who has no interest in who she is, only in making money.

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