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The Baltimore Sun

'American Idol' finale

The Season 9 finale was the typical circus that "American Idol" puts on every year when the winner is crowned. Highlights included: Janet Jackson, Alanis Morissette, Carrie Underwood, Michael McDonald, Hall & Oates, Chicago, General Larry Platt, Lee's emotional victory performance and Bret Michaels Lowlights included: the uniforms not indicating a group number of "The Wall," Xtina, Paula's lack of comedic timing, Dane Cook, that Lee won over Crystal, the BeeGees singing with Siobhan and Aaron and the return of William Hung. -- Andrea Reiher, Zap2it Related: 'Idol' finale -- Who won Season 9?FOX