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Will Mamasox sock it to “boxer” DeWyze in the final “Idol” vote?
Score one for Mamasox.
The “American Idol” judges on Tuesday all but crowned Crystal Bowersox as the next “American Idol,” making it clear they loved just about everything she did in her final three performances, while they subjected her rival Lee DeWyze to nothing more than lukewarm praise.
But “Idol” voters are known for bucking the judgment of Randy, Ellen, Kara and Simon, so could this too be one of those nights? Will single mom Crystal take the “Idol” crown and start on the path trod by fellow Ohioans Chrissie Hynde, Macy Gray and Tracy Chapman on her way to pop stardom?
Or will Chicago boy Lee DeWyze spoil her victory party and pull off a win on Wednesday?
DeWyze opened the night by singing Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Boxer.” It looked heartfelt and it harkened back to his performance of the song last week in front of a hometown crowd back in Illinois, with the “Idol” cameras in tow. The judges said they liked it, especially Kara DioGuardi and Ellen DeGeneres. But DeWyze’s next two songs were more problematic, from the judges’ perpsective. All four critiqued him for missing some notes on R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts” and on his version of the U2 song “Beautiful Day” none of the judges got too excited.
Bowersox and DeWyze already have armies of devoted fans. The question is whether viewers who backed eliminated Casey James for his down home stage presence will now switch their vote to Lee or Crystal.
If you ask judge Ellen DeGeneres, there’s no one like her.
“You’re always looking for someone unique, someone that we don’t already have out there already. And I cannot
compare you to one person, a contemporary artist right now, you are in a league of your own,” DeGeneres told her.
Bowersox performed “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Black Velvet” and “Up to the Mountain.” Simon Cowell called her closing song “outstanding.”
Backstage, DioGuardi was asked if Bowersox had scored a “3-0″ victory over DeWyze.
DioGuardi said she did not want to end the season on that note. But she added that Bowersox was consistently strong throughout the season and that “for a moment (DeWyze) almost outshined her.”
DioGuardi had something else to say in the debate over DeWyze’s confidence on the biggest night of his life. “I think that once he goes through a few more years of experience he may look back and say, ‘You’re right, I didn’t have that confidence, or I didn’t have that fire,’” she said.
Will the show’s voters see it differently, and give a surprise win to DeWyze the same way they caused upsets the last two years by choosing underdogs Kris Allen and David Cook over Adam Lambert and David Archuleta?
If the show’s recent history is any indication, the quiet “Boxer” may still have a fighting chance.