Crystal Bowersox better than Lee DeWyze in ‘American Idol’ finale

Lee DeWyze was hurtin’ while Crystal Bowersox was returnin’. On Tuesday night, the “American Idol” finale saw the single mother from Ohio shoot to the... More Below... Posted by on May 26th, 2010 and filed under American Idol.

Lee DeWyze was hurtin’ while Crystal Bowersox was returnin’.

On Tuesday night, the “American Idol” finale saw the single mother from Ohio shoot to the head of the competition while Chicago’s favorite painter appeared to stumble over his nerves.

Crystal started out strong, choosing her best performance, “Me and Bobby McGee,” for her favorite of the season. Bowersox roared back into the judges’ hearts with her encore performance just as she impressed them when she first sang the Roger Miller hit. Randy said he hoped she would make a record like that while Kara said she had a fire in her belly. Simon, meanwhile, thought she brought them back “to the time when we fell in love with you.”

Lee chose Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Boxer” as his favorite song, despite his best performance being last week’s “Hallelujah!” The performance was about as middling as it was the first time around. Randy asked him to kick it up a notch while Ellen said Lee had improved since last time and that she “couldn’t be prouder if I birthed you myself.” Kara asked him to punch harder and Simon confused everyone when he demanded a kiss on the lips rather than one on the cheek.

(article and photo source: New York Daily News)