I decided not to recap the finale, and instead watched it from start to finish without taking notes or writing anything down at all. Who was there and what they sang really doesn't matter much at all. What really matters is who won the season, and as was predicted, Scotty McCreery came away the victor. (You can read MJ's recap here)
Not that the show wasn't entertaining - it actually was. But other than the Top 13 guys and girls performing with various artists and Lauren singing with Carrie Underwood, it could have been one of many award-type shows. 'Idol' needs to get back to celebrating 'Idol' and stop stuffing these finales with every artist who happens to be available on the scheduled night. Beyonce is lovely, but did we really need two songs from her? Why not at least acknowledge last year's winner, pitiful as he may be. Lee DeWyze was in the audience, but didn't get so much as a passing camera shot.
Perhaps I sound jaded. 'Idol' seasons are long and arduous, and by the end, I've pretty much exhausted my vocabulary. This season had its ups and downs, but overall, I enjoyed it a whole lot more than last season. I think Scotty and Lauren will both do well in country music, and we will probably hear from James again as well. Haley, Pia and Casey also have a shot at some sort of post-'Idol' career, and if that's the case, this group could be the most successful since Season 5. I sure hope so, because 'Idol' desperately needs a real star to emerge.
The tour kicks off in July and stops in Syracuse in September. I'm already angling for a pass to the press conference! For now, though, it's time to give 'Idol' a bit of a rest and move on to 'The Voice!'
Thanks for reading all of this and for your comments. It's been fun!