Paul is finishing up with "Folsom Prison Blues," by Johnny Cash. In rehearsals, Jimmy and will.i.am advise him to bring the crazy. Paul can do that. He's playing guitar, and he's doing his Paul thing. It's upbeat, energetic, he's having a good time. His voice is his voice. Does this song show a great range, or have him holding crazy notes? No. But here's where I'm taking my stand: Paul is a good performer. I would enjoy seeing him in concert. Would I go to see Pia in concert? No, she's just not my thing. Maybe I went to too many ska concerts in college (didja know I saw No Doubt in a little club before they hit it big? I was a few sweaty people away from Gwen Stefani, I wish she would have loaned me her red lipstick then) but I like a show that makes me dance. With that criteria, Paul is my thing. Randy has 3 words: "I loved it!" Steven calls Paul a crazy character, a perfect imperfect boy, and he rocked the house. J.Lo loved it, too. Ryan Seacrest hops on the Paul train now. He has the band keep up the Johnny Cash blues riff, and he and Paul dance while Ryan gives out the phone number and voting instructions. Dear Ryan: thank you so very, very much.
After the clips from all the performances, we see all the contestants on stage dancing with each other as the music continues. Suddenly it's like the end of So You Think You Can Dance. Ryan dances with Paul and Lauren a bit, then tries to get the judges to offer commentary. Steven's all, I don't know, man, it's a party, leave us alone! And that was one of the better endings of American Idol I've seen, ladies and gentlemen.