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Jordin Sparks is the next American Idol

 

So Jordin Sparks has been named the new American Idol, which like the finale itself wasn't much of a surprise. Click here to read how Sparks won.

It seems as if last month's charity extravaganza, Idol Gives Back, took too much away from Season 6's big finish. Most of the guests either performed on the charity bash (Kelly Clarkson) or popped up during the season (Gwen Stefani and Tony Bennett).

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Toward the end, new Idol acts like Green Day and Bette Midler changed things up, but the bulk of the show had a serious déjà vu feel.

What the night lacked in originality and class it made up for in camp. Sanjaya Malakar entered Elvis-style and sang a duet to "You Really Got Me Now" (but again done before on the show) with Aerosmith's Joe Perry.

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The freaks from the auditions got invites and brought some serious crazy with them. Margaret "The Chicken Lady" Flower picked up an award for best presentation and proceeded to make out with Ryan Seacrest. The tiny host was bowled over by the whole lot of woman. (See, that's how it's done, Teri Hatcher). This season's odd couple: Kenneth "the bush baby guy" and his sidekick, Jonathan, were good sports and returned for laughs at their expense.

The good news was that throughout the night the Idols sounded great. Melinda Doolittle and LaKisha Jones (our quasi-Maryland Idol) may have hogged the group sing with Gladys Knight, but did we really need to hear Haley Scarnato again?

For the big surprise, former winners Clarkson, Taylor Hicks, Carrie Underwood and Ruben Studdard along with the current finalists closed out the show with a medley of Beatles songs, which for years were strictly banned from the show. As far as stunts go, that's pretty weak.

Posted by Tim Swift

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