Simon Cowell, who missed picking the person who would be crown "American Idol" in 2008 and 2009, was somewhat better this year–depending upon when you asked him.
As the season was heading to wrap up, he thought Crystal was going to win, he told Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show. Then Lee came on strong. So he told Ellen that Lee would win.
But after Tuesday’s blowout performance by Crystal, Cowell thought Crystal would win.
Then last night, after Lee was announced as the winner, Cowell was overheard to say, "I cannot believe Lee beat Crystal…I’m outta here!"
Lots and lots of folks wrote about Wednesday night’s "American Idol’ finale, with Simon Cowell’s last appearance as a judge on the show.
In case you missed the show and don’t have the time/desire to watch it, or just want to re-live the show from the point of view of a reporter who was at the Nokia Theater watching it live, here’s one of the written accounts of the show we liked. It’s by John Young at Entertainment Weekly’s Popwatch.
Near the end of his account, after Lee was announced as the winner, Young wrote: "Crystal walked over to the Top 12, which embraced her. And then the Top 12 moseyed on over to Lee, who had to jump into his rendition of ‘Beautiful Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay’ while an avalanche of confetti threatened to crush him. After thanking the audience for its support, Lee headed toward a TV camera to record his immediate post-winning-American-Idol reaction. I waited around in my chair, hoping to witness one final image to bring this season to its proper close. And there it was: Simon, Kara, Ellen, and Randy enjoying one last group hug. It lasted a good five seconds, or just long enough for Simon to remark, ‘I cannot believe Lee beat Crystal… I’m outta here.’