“American Idol” stiff competition, but Bowersox had an edge

Hollywoodnews.com: Leading up to Wednesday’s finale, Tuesday’s “American Idol” featured three rounds between Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze.

First each of them had to perform their favorite song from previous weeks, second a song chosen by “Idol” creator Simon Fuller and third a tune that will be their first single.

E! News posted an excellent analysis:

Round 1

• DeWyze pulled off a more confident cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Boxer,” splitting the judges between being bowled over (Randy Jackson, Ellen DeGeneres) and placing Kara DioGuardi alongside Simon Cowell (Cowell called it “a kiss on the cheek when I want a kiss on the lips.”)

• Bowersox wowed ‘em with her version of “Me and Bobby McGee” the first time and replicated her results this time around much to the satisfaction of Cowell and DioGuardi.

Round 2

• E! thought DeWyze improved upon the R.E.M. song “Everybody Hurts,” however, the judges felt he was way off base in melody and pitch, though DioGuardi was moved and Cowell thought it was “brilliant.”

• Where other contestants have misfired with Fuller’s selection of “Black Velvet,” Bowersox hit it out of the park. Judges were ecstatic with Cowell exclaiming that he was “almost allergic” to that song because he’s heard it destroyed several times. “That was really good,” he said, giving Bowersox his stamp of approval.

Round 3

• U2’s “Beautiful Day” didn’t fit with DeWyze’s husky vocals.

• All four judges were up in arms over Bowersox’s cover of Patty Griffin’s “Up to the Mountain.” “You are in a league of your own,” DeGeneres complimented the crooner adding she would definitely buy any Bowersox album and “if you make a salad, I’ll eat it.”

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