On With the Show: Grand Finale - Kicking off the finale event following America's last nationwide vote, the road comes to an end for two contestants in the Top 5 reveal. The Top 5 will then each perform two songs.
The second song is their "Winner's Single" that they'll release if they win.
Arthur is up, doing a very cool and different "Have You Ever Seen The Rain" by CCR. I'm not sure about this being so great for his first release (if he wins), but I do like his voice. (ETA: Katy said the complete opposite: she thinks this version is THE one to release. LOL!)
For the first time in Idol history, I was happy with the top 5 and ok if any of them won. But I’m glad Sam did. I don’t recall one false note from her during the entire competition. And Como La Flor was her best performance, one I would have expected her to repeat on the finale had this been a normal season.
Congratulations Just Sam! That was a surprise. I’m happy for her but sad that she was all alone for such a big moment. Doug looked really good and sounded great! I’m glad they had him on tonight. We Are the World was rushed. I wish it could have been a bigger part of the show with all the old contestants they managed to get. It should have been earlier in the show. Sam should have had the spotlight at the end.
I agree about "We Are The World" - I wanted to see more of so many of the artists!! I loved the scenery, though, and was touched by the message. That led me to go back and watch the two previous ones (original and Haiti), and wow, those were powerful.
Hooray for JustSam! I'm so happy for her, and loved how they had her grandma there on tablet. I have a feeling Arthur will do just fine, and am happy for him, too to get the recognition. He deserves it! His family was so cute, celebrating like he'd won!
Lots of people online are saying something is wrong with Ryan, after that awkward silence saying goodbye to the three boys. They said his eye was droopy, and think he had a mini-stroke or something. I didn't notice...(shrug)? Did anyone else?
I read that sbout Ryan, too, but didn’t notice myself. I was working on a project while I was watching. Maybe I’ll watch his show with Kelly tomorrow and make sure he’s all right. The winner is supposed to be on their show, I think.
I think Arthur's family actually thought he won so once he peels his family off of him, it wil be disappointing to hear that he didn't.
In looking over the top 11, I can see why the final five had just the one girl. All of the others were your stereotypical "ALL American" girl--pretty, long hair and apparently given more than a few advantages. It was hard to distinguish one from the other. Sam stood out in every way and the only music lessons she had were probably at church.
The TV host released a statement through his rep on Monday after some fans speculated about his health on social media following the "American Idol" finale. Viewers noticed that at one point during Sunday's episode, Seacrest, who hosted remotely from his house during the coronavirus pandemic, appeared to slur his speech and his right eye seemed to be enlarged. Some fans suggested on Twitter that he may have suffered a stroke. However, his rep said that's not the case.
"Ryan did not have any kind of stroke last night," a rep for Seacrest told CNN in an email statement. "Like many people right now, Ryan is adjusting to the new normal and finding work-home balance, with the added stress of having to put on live shows from home." Seacrest, who also is the co-host of "Live with Kelly and Ryan," did not appear on Monday's live broadcast. His rep said he was just "in need of rest" and "took a well-deserved day off."
By the end of the "American Idol" finale, when Just Sam was announced as this season's winner, Seacrest appeared to be back to his normal self. Seacrest has been the host of "American Idol" since the show debuted in 2002. He also hosts a daily morning radio show, "On Air With Ryan Seacrest" and produces several series for E!.
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